Magento – The missing view type!

Magento has four options when it comes to display products on your e-commerce website:

  1. Not Visible Individually
  2. Catalog
  3. Search
  4. Catalog, Search

Now, normally that about covers most use cases. But if you have configurable products it is somewhat more common place to set the children to Not Visible Individually.

This is great and all, but what if you are using Google Shopping real-time attribute/schema scraping which requires the Child to be visible individually to read those tags (and can be handy for direct to a page when SKU searching on the front end), and you don’t want the children to show in either your category or search grid pages?

This is where an additional catalog visibility type comes in useful, and it is actually very straight forward to achieve!

First setup a basic Magento module/plugin, which I won’t bore you with the complete details of, but we are binding to a model of the Mage Catalog Module under a rewrite!

Set up your


as follows:

<?xml version="1.0"?>

Fairly straight forward here, setup a basic module and override Mage/Catalog/Product/Visibility.

Next setup the Model

class Company_Catalog_Model_Product_Visibility extends Mage_Catalog_Model_Product_Visibility {
    const VISIBILITY_PAGE = 5;
    public function getVisibleInSiteIds()
    static public function getOptionArray()
        return array(
            self::VISIBILITY_NOT_VISIBLE=> Mage::helper('catalog')->__('Not Visible Individually'),
            self::VISIBILITY_IN_CATALOG => Mage::helper('catalog')->__('Catalog'),
            self::VISIBILITY_IN_SEARCH  => Mage::helper('catalog')->__('Search'),
            self::VISIBILITY_BOTH       => Mage::helper('catalog')->__('Catalog, Search'),
            self::VISIBILITY_PAGE       => Mage::helper('catalog')->__('Own Page Only')
     * Retrieve all options
     * @return array
    static public function getAllOption()
        $options = self::getOptionArray();
        array_unshift($options, array('value'=>'', 'label'=>''));
        return $options;
     * Retireve all options
     * @return array
    static public function getAllOptions()
        $res = array();
        $res[] = array('value'=>'', 'label'=> Mage::helper('catalog')->__('-- Please Select --'));
        foreach (self::getOptionArray() as $index => $value) {
            $res[] = array(
               'value' => $index,
               'label' => $value
        return $res;
     * Retrieve option text
     * @param int $optionId
     * @return string
    static public function getOptionText($optionId)
        $options = self::getOptionArray();
        return isset($options[$optionId]) ? $options[$optionId] : null;

First of all we add a new Constant, logically named


and we give it the next free “id” of 5. (Check core/Mage/Catalog/Model/Product/Visibility.php for the base list).

Next the important function


tells Magento which Products to allow to be shown individually, so we just add our constant to the array here.

All the other functions deal with rendering the new Visibility type in the admin interface for editing products (as otherwise the parent functions are used and they can’t “see” the new visibility type).

As per usual when you add/edit a new module make sure to clear the cache accordingly!

That is it all done, short and sweet!

Fun with and Twitter Cards

I was trying to figure out why my Twitter Cards weren’t working when I was tinkering with someone else’s WordPress install.

Turns out at some point Twitter decided to follow the redirect and grab the page behind is differently.

So, now you need to whitelist your domain rather than

To do that pop along to The Card Validator with one of your none Blog Post URL’s in hand and pop it in the validator box.


Click request approval, fill in the little form and wack submit! It might throw an error but retest your page and all should be good!


Give it a few minutes:


And Finally:


A working Tweet!

Updated like so:


A Week of Commuting

So today ends my first week of my Manchester based job at Fred Aldous. Currently this means I’ve been commuting to and from Manchester every day.

Currently my journey goes

  • My House
  • Burley Park
  • Leeds train station
  • Manchester Piccadilly
  • Starbucks
  • Short walk

And of course the reverse!

So far it’s been difficult to get a seat but I don’t mind standing since it is some form of exercise 😛

Anyway, what really annoys me is when a train arrives at a station and people gravitate towards the doors.

They do it in such a way so that it makes it difficult for people to get off. Which aside from being a pain in the arse do them, the moment there is a gap people start piling on, and of course at peak times there is always a person or two stuck in the aisle trying to get off whilst people are piling on the train.

Inevitably this causes delays as the piling on lot have to stop and clear a route for those getting off to get off.

/Begin Rant/
Why can’t people just take a step or to back and not be in such a rush! If you let people get off and just give everyone some space. I’m sure it will be better for everyone involved and potentially help keep the trains on time at these peak times!
/End Rant/

Anyway my first week hasn’t been to bad. But more on my new job in another post. Currently standing on a train! Trying to publish this blog post in the little windows of coverage I get! And we appear to be following a slow moving train!

Prison Architect

From the minds that bought you Uplink and Darwinia comes a currently in Alpha, kind of being Kickstarted game: Prison Architect.

When I first came across it I had left it open in a tab or some time and I finally got around to watching the introductory video. And from that point on I decided to back the project!

Intro Video

Here’s the introductory video. It is quite hilarious in places, and it got me hooked!

Or Jump to YouTube


They are running a Kickstarter style campaign to allow people to back the game but they have built the backing process to run on their own site. And using a third party provider to secure downloads. Which is quite clever as it give them full branding control. But does mean they miss out of the relevant sites promotional routes, but like them it still relying on backers to help promote the game.

The Game

The aim of the game is to design, build, and run a prison, using gaming themes and ideas from such games as Theme Hospital and others.

It’s currently reached its alpha 7 release and improvement on alpha 6. Largely adding in the Name in the Game backers, and the crimes they have committed (biographies), heres mine.

Barry Barry Barry

It’s quite a good laugh. I’ve had plenty of Prisoners escape, Guards die, and Workers building but not managed to start a big enough riot to burn it down (yet), but if it did happen, you can call the Fire Brigade in and direct them to put the fire out. In the future they are adding more “disasters” and relevant services to deal with them, bit like Sim City I suppose.


They have several levels of backing available and even if you do go for the lowest level where you just get access to the game, you can always upgrade later via a PayPal donation. And due to recent milestones being reached you can get a “discount” on the name in the game level.

I myself am on the picture in the game level. Which gets your name in the game and your Prisoner designed to match your likeness. (And of course all the previous tiers including copies of existing Introversion Software games, and some nice physical bonuses!


Check the game out over on and on Twitter @IVSoftware! I think it’s worth backing even at just the $30 level to get a copy of the game!

Annual Report


It’s that time of year again where WordPress posts out the Annual JetPack Stats Annual Report, and here’s my report!

Shame it only tracks Posts and not Pages, since there have been a fair few comments and views on the WordPress Plugins category of pages!