In order to change any, even the slightest parameter of a web store functionality, you need to be a skilled programmer, or at least be able to distinguish classes. Let us review how a Magento class can be found by name, how their names are formed and their basic characteristics.
What does a class name consist of?
Basically, a class name in Magento consists of capital letters and a lower dash (‘_’). You may see some examples below:
Test_Class _Name_ Magento
Df_1C_ Sample_Cml2_ Export _Processor_Product
A very important fact you should know about classes is that each class is only responsible for one file. Several different classes cannot have the same name or be responsible for several files – this would cause a web store to malfunction or be down at all. This fact is one of the main commandments for Magento programmers, so if you have any problems with files and names distribution, you can contact GoMage specialists. We will perform correct configuration as soon as possible.
Why and how search for a class name?
As we have already mentioned, it is often necessary to change a class name or delete it at all, but first you need to find it. It is very easy to do. You need to use the admin menu where the store administrator and editor have a possibility to search for files in the system folders.
In order to find the necessary section you need to replace all lower dashes in the class name with slashes “/”. After that click ‘Enter’ and look for the necessary folder. Using the above examples, we will get the following:
Then you need to add .php to each path name. You will get this text:
These are relative paths used to search for the necessary information on a Magento site.
If you need to determine the full path of a file then you have to find where it is located. In Magento eCommerce Platform there are following class areas:
Despite all difficulty of the location determination, one and the same class may be in several areas at the same time. However, when you search for a specific class, the Magento system will firstly return the highest area in the system hierarchy which is very convenient and saves significant time during the search.
If you need to locate a class in a specific area, simply add its name at the beginning of the path:
If you do not know where exactly the class is located but you suppose that is it in several areas, you can add the following line:
Before trying to change classes in your web store make sure that you have a backup copy of it. Otherwise, you may lose a significant part of your products for which one of the classes is responsible. Also, it is recommended to send a warning message to your customers that your store may be unavailable for some time due to repair work or maintenance.
If you do not have any experience in classes modification it would be better to ask GoMage specialists for assistance. You may contact us by email or through comments to this article, we will reply as soon as possible.
Also check Magento Extensions which simplifying different processes on your Magento store.