Seamless Ways to Integrate WordPress Blog on Magento eCommerce Store

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The article features the integration of Magento as an eCommerce store and WordPress as the blog. It describes the utilization of both the platforms on the same website. In brief, how we can merge both the efficient platforms Magento eCommerce store and WordPress blog together for creating an astounding internet site. Both the platforms are customizable, the prominent blogging platform is well known as a great WordPress development and the online store platform is efficient eCommerce Magento development.

Merging Both the Platforms on the same site

One of the accessible ways to integrate both the platforms on the same website is to install one of them in the root folder of the site, and other in a sub-folder as per your preference. Things are easier for the configuration if you install both the platforms in a single database. For both the platforms only you need to use a separate database table prefix. It will let you quickly identify the tables. You can also use two different databases. Only you need to take care of the configuration.

  1. Magento Extension - Magento WordPress Integration

Magento WordPress Integration - the Magento extension is a free one for WordPress Integration developed by FishPig. Using this extension we need to ensure, both the platforms are installed in two separate directories. One may be the root directory, and other the sub-directory or both may be in two different sub-directories. Once you install both, and then proceed to install the Magento WordPress Integration extension.

Once you finish extension installation, configure it accurately so it can link and merge with the WordPress blog into the theme of Magento Platform. To accomplish the task, login the Magento admin panel. On the top of navigation panel select “WordPress”->“Settings.” Add the WordPress database details, the desired blog URL and the path of WordPress installation folder on the "Settings" page. By doing this, you can perform Magento installation fit for WordPress.

Next, you need to log in the WordPress Dashboard. On the side navigation panel, select “Settings”->“General.” You will find two URL choice, - “WordPress Address (URL) “and “Site Address (URL).” Just you need to modify the “Site Address (URL)” rightly which you previously set on the Magento "Settings" page.

All done, now quickly access the WordPress blog as per the configured URL. Moreover, WordPress to display the blog will employ the Magento theme.

  1. WordPress Plugin - Magento WordPress Integration

The notion of this plugin is comparatively pretty simpler. Comparison thought is general; Magento WordPress Integration is a WordPress plugin, which you need to install on the WordPress blog. With this plugin, you can incorporate several Magento blocks- the modules or the sections in any place of the WordPress theme.

First, install the plugin to use it and further activate using “WordPress Dashboard”->“Plugins”->“Add New”. Now configure it, using: “WordPress Dashboard”->“Settings”->“Mage/WP”. Now follow below to set 3 prominent things –

  • PHP Path: Here you need to insert the complete absolute path of Mage.php file. This file is a Magento configuration file which you can found below the “app” folder under the installation directory of Magento.
  • Package Name: You need to set here the package title of the Magento installation. It is “default” or “base” generally most of the time. But it also may be different in some cases.
  • Theme Name: Here you need to set the title of the Magento theme. Most of the time, the theme files are frequently present in the “default” folder under “/MagentoRoot/app/design/frontend/.” But, it may also differ depending on the theme. So keep an eye.

Once you suitably set the above options, fetch and display any Magento blocks - the header, the footer, or the left, right, or the top menu in the WordPress theme.

Conclusion

The above two - the extension and the plugin, one for Magento and one for WordPress, are the best available free add-ons to seamlessly merge Magento eCommerce store with WordPress blog in a single website. As per your choice, you can select any one of them. Ensure that both the cases of Magento and WordPress are installed on the same server. The above options will not accomplish merge if both platforms are installed on two separate servers.

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