Category Archives: Magento

Override index controller magento

Here you can see how to override app/code/core/Mage/Contacts/controllers/IndexController.php .

1) Change the directory to the root of magento installation

2) vi app/etc/modules/PHPCodez_Contacts.xml

Paste the below given content

3) cd app/code/

4) mkdir local

5) cd local

6) mkdir PHPCodez

7) cd PHPCodez

8) mkdir Contacts

9) cd Contacts

10) mkdir controllers

11) mkdir etc

12) vi etc/config.xml

paste the below given code

<?xml version=”1.0″?>


12)vi controllers/IndexController.php

Paste the below given code

require_once ‘Mage/Contacts/controllers/IndexController.php’;
class PHPCodez_Contacts_IndexController extends Mage_Contacts_IndexController
// Overrride the post function
public function postAction() {
error_log(“Overriden n”, 3, “/var/log/error-log.txt”);
// add your code to implement a tasks


getFormAction() return null value contact form magento

It may happen if we try to load contact form through a static block or cms .

When you  do so make sure that you have included ‘  form_action=”/contacts/index/post ‘ .ie The code will


{{block type=”core/template” name=”contactForm” form_action=”/contacts/index/post” template=”contacts/form.phtml”}}

But when we submit the contact form , the page will be redirected to the original contact form

“magento/contacts/ ” after sending the mail . To fix that we should  override the function “postAction” in

/var/www/html/app/code/core/Mage/Contacts/controllers/IndexController.php and edit the code

“$this->_redirect(‘*/*/’);” at line number 113 with the page url . ie for eg :



Edit Thank you message for Contact page in Magento

1) Change the directory to magento installation
2  cd appcodecoreMageContactscontrollers
3) vi IndexController.php
4) Search for Mage::getSingleton(‘customer/session’)->addSuccess(Mage::helper(‘contacts’)->__(‘Your inquiry was submitted and will be responded to as soon as possible. Thank you for contacting us.’)) and edit the text


Disable Magento Compiler

You can disable the compiler in two ways

1) Go to System > Tools > Compilation page and click on Disable button

2) Change directory to  the magento installation location .then type the below given commands

php -f shell/compiler.php — disable
php -f shell/compiler.php — clear


Magento Compilation

It allows us to compile all files of magento installation in order to create a single include path to improve the performance

Before compiling the code make sure that “includes” and the file “includes/config.php” must both be writeable.

You can compile the code from the admin panel  System → Tools → Compilation

NoTE: Before you make any changes to your Magento installation you should always disable compilation. Once the changes are made, run the compilation process, and then enable it.