How to use Magento WS-I compliant v2 API

$proxy = new SoapClient('', array('trace' => 1, 'connection_timeout' => 120));

	$session = $proxy->login(array(
			'username' => "xxyyzz",
			'apiKey' => "xxyyzz"
	$sessionId = $session->result;
	$filters = array(
			'complex_filter' => array(
							'key' => 'product_id',
							'value' => array(
									'key' => 'eq',
									'value' => '18'
	$products = $proxy->catalogProductList(array("sessionId" => $sessionId, "filters" => $filters));

magento web service filter product list error Call to a member function getBackend() on a non-object

Using visual studio 2010 service reference to consume magento soap v2 api web service.

php 5.3.8, magento 1.6 install on windows 7 iis 7.5

I can log in and list all the product, but as soon as i put a filter there is an exception

Call to a member function getBackend() on a non-object

php error log:

PHP Fatal error: Call to a member function getBackend() on a non-object in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\Magento1620\app\code\core\Mage\Eav\Model\Entity\Abstract.php on line 816

the solution is to modify this file, change line 57-62



foreach ($filters->complex_filter as $_filter) {            	
                $_value = $_filter->value;
                $preparedFilters[$_filter->key] = array(
                    $_value->key => $_value->value


foreach ($filters->complex_filter as $_field => $_filter) {
            	$preparedFilters[$_field] = array(
            			$_filter->key => $_filter->value

Magento remove index.php from URL in IIS

go to Magento admin panel –> system –>configuration –>web –>Search Engines Optimization –> Use Web Server Rewrites –> Yes

create web.config file under magento root folder

add the following content to the file (tracing is optional)

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<rule name=”Magento SEO: remove index.php from URL”>
<match url=”^(?!index.php)([^?#]*)(\?([^#]*))?(#(.*))?” />
<action type=”Rewrite” url=”index.php/{R:0}” />
<add path=”*”>
<add provider=”WWW Server” areas=”Rewrite” verbosity=”Verbose” />
<failureDefinitions statusCodes=”404″ />

Magento web service response content type error

The content type text/xml; charset=utf-8,text/xml; charset=UTF-8 of the response message does not match the content type of the binding (text/xml; charset=utf-8). If using a custom encoder, be sure that the IsContentTypeSupported method is implemented properly. The first 297 bytes of the response were: ”.



line 52:

->setHeader(‘Content-Type’,’text/xml; charset=’.$apiConfigCharset)

line 78

->setHeader(‘Content-Type’,’text/xml; charset=’.$apiConfigCharset)


->setHeader(‘Content-Type’,’text/xml; charset=’.$apiConfigCharset, true)

set up Magento 1.6 in IIS with em0019 maxibags handbag theme

1. Download Magento, upload and unzip to web server.

2. Create a website in IIS and point to magento root folder.

3. Give permission to magento root folder to IIS application pool identify.

4. Change anonymous user identity to “application pool identify”.

5. Create one database in MySql.

6. Visit the new Magento website and install the application by following the installation wizard.

7. Upload and unzip em0019 magento 1.6 theme package to web server.

8. Copy “app” and “skin” folder to magento root folder. (This will merge with the existing files rather than override the existing.)

9. Create temp directory for Magento.

modify {magento}\lib\Zend\Cache\Backend\File.php

change ‘cache_dir’ => ‘null’, to ‘cache_dir’ => ‘tmp/’

create tmp folder in Magento root folder

10. Login to Admin Panel, go “System” –> “Configuration” –> “Design” –> “Package”, set “current package name” to “em0019”.

11. Add catelog menu

go “CMS” –> “Static Blocks” –> “Add New Block”

Block Title: “EM Catalog Menu Widget

Identifier: “em0019_catalog_menu_widget

Status: “Enabled


<ul id=”nav”>

        <li> <a href=”{{config path=”web/unsecure/base_url”}}”> Homepages</a> </li>

        {{widget type=”catalogmenuwidget/catalogmenu” level_class=”0″ ul_id=”nav” template=”em_catalogmenuwidget/menu.phtml” none_ul_root=”1″ none_li_first_class=”1″ none_li_last_class=”0″}} 


12. Change Store Logo, go “System” –> “Configuration” –> “Design” –> “Header”, set “Logo Image Src” to “images/logo.jpg“.

13. Add top flash slideshow on home page

go “CMS” –> “Pages”

if there is any page with url key set to home, update it to something else (home1)

Add New Page with the following value

Page Title: “Home page

URL Key: “home

Status: “Enabled

Layout: “3 Columns

Layout Update XML:

        <reference name=”header”>

        <block type=”page/html” name=”flash_em0019″ template=”page/html/flash.phtml” />


      Create a file named “imagelist.xml” in Magento root folder, edit the XML file to include flash slideshow images.
      (or simply copy the same file xml file and the “{magento root}\media\flash_em0019” folder from the full package.)


14. Add “New Arrivals” banner

go “CMS” –> “Static Blocks” –> “Add New Block”

Block Title: “EM New Arrivals

Identifier: “new-arrivals

Status: “Enabled


<div>{{widget type=”flexiblewidget/list” column_count=”1″ limit_count=”1″  order_by=”created_time asc” template=”flexiblewidget/newarrivals.phtml”}}</div>

or use the following to make it exactly the same as the theme demo website, change “{magento root}/skin/frontend/em0019/default/images/arrivals-img.png” file to reflect your new arrivals image



        <a href=”#”>

            <img src=”{{skin url=’images/arrivals-title.png}}” alt=”” />





            <strong>Prada Clutch Purple </strong>has just appeared in Pradasion….</p>


            From totes to chic crossbody bags, find your perfect bag now check out our new&nbsp;<br />

            <a href=”#”>hanndbag finder</a></p>



        <a href=”#”>

            <img src=”{{skin url=’images/arrivals-img.png}}” alt=”” /></a></div>


go “CMS” –> “Pages”

update page with URL Key set to home

Layout Update XML:

        <reference name=”header”>

        <block type=”page/html” name=”flash_em0019″ template=”page/html/flash.phtml” />

<block type=”cms/block” name=”new-arrivals” >

               <action method=”setBlockId”><block_id>new-arrivals</block_id></action>



15. Add “Popular Tags”

16. Add “Select Your Currency”

17. Add “New Product” on home page

18. Add “Recent Added Product” on home page

19. Add “Special Product” on home page

20. Add bottom flash slideshow on home page

go “CMS” –> “Static Blocks” –> “Add New Block”

Block Title: “EM Bottom Slideshow

Identifier: “bottom_slideshow

Status: “Enabled



<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-1.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-2.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-3.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-4.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-5.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-6.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-7.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-8.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-9.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-10.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-11.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>

<li><a href=”#”><img src=”{{media url=”slideshow-bottom/slide-12.jpg”}}” alt=”” /></a></li>


copy “{magento root}\media\slideshow-bottom” folder from the full package.

21. Change footer

go “CMS” –> “Static Blocks” –> Update block with identifier set to “footer_links



<li><a href=”{{store direct_url=”about-magento-demo-store”}}”>About Us</a></li>

<li><a href=”{{store direct_url=”customer-service”}}”>Customer Service</a></li>

<li><a href=”{{store direct_url=”catalog/seo_sitemap/category/”}}”>Site Map</a></li>

<li><a href=”{{store direct_url=”catalogsearch/term/popular/”}}”>Search Term</a></li>

<li><a href=”{{store direct_url=”catalogsearch/advanced/”}}”>Advanced Search</a></li>

<li><a href=”{{store direct_url=”contacts”}}”>Contact Us</a></li>


22. Change Copyright

go “System” –> “Configuration” –> “Design” –> “Footer” –> “Copyright”

Flush Magento Cache

23. Remove “Help Us to Keep Magento Healthy – Report All Bugs (ver.”

Open “{Magento root}\app\design\frontend\em0019\default\template\page\html\footer.phtml

Comment out this line “<?php /* <p><?php echo $this->__(‘Help Us to Keep Magento Healthy’) ?> – <a href=”; onclick=”’_blank'”><strong><?php echo $this->__(‘Report All Bugs’) ?></strong></a> <?php echo $this->__(‘(ver. %s)’, Mage::getVersion()) ?></p> */ ?>

Flush Magento Cache

Set up Magento multiple website in IIS

1. Install Magento in IIS

2. Create another website in IIS, set physical path to the previously installed Magento root folder

3. Give iis application pool identity for the new site permission to the physical path folder

4. Change anonymous user identity to “application pool identify”.

5. Create Root Catelog for the new website

go “Catelog” –> “Manage Categories” –> “Add Root Category

6. Create Website, Store and Store view for the new domain

go “System” –> “Manage Stores”, use the previously created root category for the new store

7. Configure website URL

go “System” –> “Configuration” –> change “Current Configuration Scope” to the new create website

select “Web” –> “Unsecure” –> untick “Use Default” besides “Base URL” –> update “Base Url” field

select “Web” –> “Secure” –> untick “Use Default” besides “Base URL” –> update “Base Url” field

8. Edit index.php file in Magento root folder (It is meant to be done via the .htaccess file, but IIS does not read/use .htaccess file.)

Comment out this line of code (last line) “/* Mage::run($mageRunCode, $mageRunType); */

Add the following lines of code right below the commented out line

switch($_SERVER[‘HTTP_HOST’]) {

  case ‘’ :

    Mage::run(‘mainsite’, ‘website’);



  case ‘’ :

    Mage::run(‘anothersite’, ‘website’);






9. Set up home page, catelog menu, footer for the new website

NopCommerce 2.0 change logo and “Store name here” copyright

On NopCommerce 2.0 front end public store, there is a default NopCommerce logo on upper left side and “Copyright © 2011 Store name here. All rights reserved.” on bottom right side footer.

1. Change default NopCommerce logo

The razor code is located in Nop.Web/Views/Shared/Header.cshtml and it looks like <a href=”@storeLocation”>&nbsp; </a>.

The css code is located in Nop.Web/Themes/DarkOrange/Content/styles.css and Nop.Web/Themes/nopClassic/Content/styles.css, the css code looks like



background: url(‘images/logo.gif’);

display: block;

width: 225px;

height: 60px;

text-decoration: none;


The background image is located in Nop.Web/Themes/DarkOrange/Content/images/logo.gifand Nop.Web/Themes/nopClassic/Content/images/logo.gif

2. Change copyright

The razor code is located in Nop.Web/Views/Shared/Footer.cshtml and it looks like


        @T(“Content.CopyrightNotice”, DateTime.Now.Year.ToString(), “Store name here”)


Magento 1.6 cannot upload product image

I find the solution from the following blog post.

I will list the steps here as well.

1. Download prototype 1.6.1 from the following link

2. Put the above downloaded file in the following location


3. Modify the following file


add the following line

<action method=”addJs”><script>prototype/prototype16.js</script></action>

directly under the follwoing line (line no.: 58)

<action method=”addJs”><script>prototype/prototype.js</script></action>

4. flush magento cache