How do you change number of product columns in Magento cart

If you are looking for the correct way to change how many columns your products are displayed in “grid view” in Magento, the solution is actually quite simple. Navigate down to your catalog.xml file in your theme under the “app” side of Magento and open that file.

Then, what I did to make it simple is did a text search for the number of columns  displayed, in this particular case, the column count is 4. The actual line of code looks like this:

<action method=”setColumnCount”><count>4</count></action>

Change that line to read:

<action method=”setColumnCount”><count>2</count></action>

Save the file. Then go into your Magento Admin section under “System>Cache Management”, select “Refresh”, then click “Save Cache Settings”.

Now refresh your Magento catalog page in your browser and you should now see your products in “Grid View” appearing in 2 columns instead of 4, or whatever number you changed the catalog.xml file to.

Varien and Optaros Announce Enterprise Partnership, Offering

Partnership enables assembly of enterprise ecommerce solutions with the best in
open source.

LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--
Varien, the Magento company, announced today an Enterprise partnership with
Optaros, providers of innovative ecommerce solutions through the Assembled Web
(, designed to provide
open source solutions for large retailers. 

With offices located in Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United
States, Optaros offers retailers access to the best in open source for their
ecommerce planning
( needs.
This enterprise partnership enables Optaros to provide assembled ecommerce
solutions ( to its clients
using the Magento Enterprise Edition eCommerce platform. 

"Our partnership with Optaros presents the Magento platform as a win for the
enterprise retailer," said Roy Rubin, CEO of Varien. "Optaros offers their
clients a strategic vision in developing an ecommerce strategy
( and the technical
prowess to assemble the right solution for each client to hit their corporate
objectives for their site." 

The Magento eCommerce Platform, developed by Varien, is built on open source
technology that provides merchants with high levels of flexibility and control
over the user experience, content and functionality of their ecommerce store.
Its modular architecture, industry-leading features and powerful marketing and
merchandising tools have quickly made the Magento eCommerce Platform the fastest
growing ecommerce platform on the market. 

"Our partnership with Varien affirms our dedication to assembling ecommerce
solutions with the best in open source," said Adam Michelson, director of
ecommerce, Optaros. "Our enthusiasm for the Magento platform is exhibited by
recent contributions to the open source community like the Facebook Connect
Social Shopping (FCSS) module and our extensive performance testing of Magento
in the Amazon EC2 cloud." 

Magento community members can access the code for the Facebook Connect Social
Shopping (FCSS) module on 

About Magento

Magento ( is a feature-rich, professional Open
Source eCommerce platform solution that offers merchants complete flexibility
and control over the presentation, content, and functionality of their online
channel. Magento`s intuitive administration interface features powerful
marketing tools, a catalog-management engine and is SEO optimized to give
merchants the power to create sites that provide an unrivaled and rich online
shopping experience for their customers, tailored to their unique business
needs. The groundbreaking Magento platform is the fastest growing eCommerce
platform on the market with over 1,000,000+ downloads to date. Designed to be
completely scalable and backed by an extensive support network, Magento is the
ultimate eCommerce solution. 

About Optaros

Optaros ( delivers each client a tailored roadmap of
Assembled Web solutions to achieve business objectives. Clients are able to
engage and transact with target customers anywhere online, increase business
agility through assembled software, and save money through the pervasive use of
open source software. Optaros serves more than 100 clients including Neiman
Marcus, Smart Bargains, Rue La La, Nestle, Travelocity, The New York Times, Sony
Pictures and Swisscom.

E-Commerce Blog and Forum » Magento – Testing Payments | Magento News

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A useful tip that I found in the monster that is The Official Magento User Guide, is that there’s an easy way of testing credit card payments in your store. You may not want to use your actual credit card details to test out the shop. You can use dummy card details by entering the following numbers:

Visa: 4111111111111111
MasterCard: 5555555555554444
American Express: 378282246310005

Use any expiration date in the future and as the CVV/CVC/verification code use 123 or 000


You can also test Paypal payments using Paypal sandbox mode, which is fairly easy to set up. However from my point of view it’s easier to just have a test product in the store worth 1p, with shipping set to FREE. You’ll not miss a penny coming out of your Paypal account, and it will let you demo it as a live transaction.