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dlblue777
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Yesterday I was introduced to Magento. It was love at first sight. I felt that I found a tool to answer all of my pressing needs. Unfortunately, I only have limited coding experience and this appears to be a program for those with advanced coding abilities. I can’t seem to modify any of the default text on the home page nor does any of the thread or forums seem to be applicable to the version I downloaded. Here is my question, Is there a HOW TO thread, forum, etc., that will help a person who has only basic coding skills to utilize this tool? If not, is there an alternative version that is more user friendly for those with little or no coding experience that proffers the same features? I am in great pain!!! lol.

 
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hez
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I can tell you that the Home Page text is accessed from the Admin panel CMS/Manage Pages section.  There are quite a few tutorials etc. in the Community/Designer’s Guide section which should help to get you started. 

There is a thread somewhere about things people wished they had known when they started - not sure where it is though.

It’s a slightly convoluted system - even for those of us with a bit of coding experience - you may need to hire someone - or just invest some time learning.

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iblastoff
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Here is the timesaver thread but I honestly doubt it will help you if your coding experience is rather small.

Personally I think the theming mechanism is overly extract...once I figure out how a certain layout connects to a certain template, all of a sudden the logic I thought I figured out just goes out the window when I hit the next obstacle. I’m just hoping all of this trouble is worth it in the end rasberry

 
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hez
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It took me a little while - but I figured it out eventually.

One hint - if you use Firefox get the Firebug extension.  It lets you see the coding behind to find out what CSS is effecting what.  I did a little screen cast so you can see how it works - http://screencast.com/t/uX5yNbkazFe .  You might also want to check out this thread - http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/3276/ .

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