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3. February 2010

I am still close by :)

I know that I have not updated this blog much in the past few months.

I have been tight up with portalZINE TV and contract work.

Hope to free some time for the horizontal accordion soon, as I have a rough skeleton of the new codebase in place alrready.

But I dont expect me working on it before CeBIT 2010 :)



Some might have wordered, if I am still around. I am, but workload has been crazy for the past 2 months. I had only little time to work my way through some freetime development.

I have spend most of my freetime to push portalZINE.TV and prepare new segments for season 3, which will start end of September.

I will be taking a break for about 2 weeks from the Internets and be back to business end of September.

The Horizontal Accordion plugin for jQuery will get another rewrite start of Oktober. Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. I have also seen some nice workarounds for shortcomings of the plugin. My plan is to start fresh in parts and add some much needed functioanlity to it.

I also have a new plugin in preparation, called Image Matrix, which I have been using for some months now and will make available.

Also preparing a new tutorial for stretching background images using jQuery, CSS, PHP and GD.

More about all this when I am back.

Enjoy what is left of the summer, I will sure do :) Really really need some vacation.



Really getting fed up with all those companies that want to benefit from a good frequented website, but only want to pay pennies. That is the reason why I am not really having any big ads on my website, as most offers are just not worth the effort. I would have starved already, if I would be writing here for the money  ;)

Really, if you have a good deal, I am all ears, otherwise do not waste my time :)



I have been sick the past days, that is why the next release will be delayed a bit more.

Will keep you posted.



Thank you for all the nice feedback for the jQuery Horizontal Accordion. I am currently finishing the next alpha version. I am adding fixes for IE and the window resize feature back into the release.

Should have a download for you start of next week.



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Normally upgrading from Magento 1.0.19870 to 1.3.1 should be no problem, as Magento takes care of all the required table changes.  I mostly faced script timeouts on the server in the past, which broke the upgrade process and turned the installation unusable.

I have switched to upgrading customer databases on a local installation, as that allows me to workaround timeouts and prepare databases for the upgrade.

Before upgrading an installation, you should also delete any content that can be recreated by Magento again. Logs, price rule caches …. can all be deleted, as the system can generate those again.

Really sad how everyone needs to piece those things together, as the Magento Community Knowledge Base is mostly outdated and many hints are buried deep inside the forums.

Currently working my way through a huge Magento 1.0.19870 database and will comment on my success once everything works.


Once you have done the export / import multiple times, it gets really easy :)

Here are some things that made things alot easier for me

  1. Update magento/app/etc/local.xml with your changed database details
  2. Update the secure / unsecure urls to match your new domain / setup
    These settings are saved in the magento_core_config_data table.
    The two settings you need to alter are
    – web/unsecure/base_url
    – web/secure/base_url
  3. Sometimes the foreign key constraints break tables on import. The most common are :
    – magento_customer_group
    – magento_core_website
    – magento_core_store
    – magento_core_store_group

    Just check your old setup and update those tables by hand.

    You can run queries by activating and deactivating the foreign key check like this:


    INSERT INTO magento_core_website (website_id, code, name, sort_order, default_group_id, is_default) VALUES
    (0, ‘admin’, ‘Admin’, 0, 0, 0),
    (1, ‘base’, ‘Main Website’, 0, 1, 1);


  4. Make sure to delete the following folders before you try to access the install again
    – var/cache
    – var/sessions