So far, I’ve got the following handy links in no particular order. These are pretty much all that I’ve read so far and have helped me get my head around the theme system and extension system of Magento. They have also helped with ensuring Magento is configured correctly for Australian use. Not all of them are completely current in what they say, but they are still helpful nonetheless:
Magento Theme Reading
- Layouts, Blocks and Templates by Alan Storm
- Magento Articles for Developers by Alan Storm
- Changing the Magento Theme by SiteGround (also has many other Magento articles)
- Design4Magento Blog
- Intro to Layouts by Magento
- Building your Theme by Magento
- Remove Callouts from Left and Right Catalog Columns by BVBAccelerate
Magento Extension Reading
- Magento Australia Extension by Fontis (how to use it and information on how it works).
- How to Setup a Magento Store for Australia by Fontis (Magento configuration info to ensure it complies with ATO requirements and Australian law).
- Magento Blog Extension by Aheadworks (I haven’t used this yet, but I have installed it and it looks very promising).
- Magento Australia Extension by Fontis (adds various Australian things such as ABN support, Australia Post integration, direct deposit & BPAY payments).
- Canonical URL’s for Magento by Yoast (adds canonical URL’s to Magento page headers).
- Maintenance Page by ArtsOn.IT (adds maintenance page functionality that allows the logged in admin to see the website).