I am new to magento. I have installed magento in localhost and login admin panel.

Now i run in localhost, after logged in it displayed one page it contains number of fileds such as cmc,catalog,...

May i know how to create and design home page in magento.

I refered in google, little i confused.

Can anyone help me?

Thanks in advance.

2 Answers 2


U might have not setup your magento properly, so refer to this below links & also install magento sample data

http://info.magento.com/rs/magentocommerce/images/MagentoDesignGuide.pdf http://www.magentocommerce.com/resources/user-guide-download http://www.magentocommerce.com/knowledge-base/entry/installing-sample-data-archive-for-magento-ce

After that simply access your magento

  • :may i know what is the purpose of download sample data?
    – user3785196
    Jun 28, 2014 at 10:18
  • it will load some sample products & other functionality, by which you can easily understand frontend & backend of magento
    – S.Pandav
    Jun 28, 2014 at 10:22
  • @pandav: as you told, download again magento1.7 version in their official website, after complete download, in .zip didn't open, it will shows error.. what to do?..
    – user3785196
    Jun 28, 2014 at 10:33
  • can you help me out please?
    – user3785196
    Jun 28, 2014 at 10:46
  • which platform you are using linux or windows..? and download ver - .zip for windows/ ver - .tar.gz for linux
    – S.Pandav
    Jun 28, 2014 at 10:57

There's a default home page installed on Magento. Go to backend: CMS -> Pages and select Home Page. There you can add content and markup. You can style your homepage with css, or use a custom layout.

This is the page

Your shop doesn't have products, menu, etc. on homepage because you have a basic installation without sample data (products, categories, etc.). But you can add your own data.

You can add content in the content tab of the CMS Home Page page.

In layout tab, you can set page structure (3 columns, 2 columns right, etc) and change layout and add functionality via xml update.

For example, at the top of layout tab in layout update xml you can see:

<block type="catalog/product_new" name="home.catalog.product.new" alias="product_new" template="catalog/product/new.phtml" after="cms_page">
    <action method="addPriceBlockType">

This snippet places the last added product to the homepage. So if you add a new product to the shop (Catalog -> Manage Products -> New Product), they will show up on the homepage.

A menu will show up if you add subcategories (Catalog -> Manage Categories) to Default Category, and set active and include in navigation menu to yes.

A slider or other modifications can also be added the same way via xml update or html-like in content tab.

If you are new to Magento, do some research on the web on magento layout and templating.

  • already i did, now it look like this imgur.com/fbCNHYb .its just for sample, i didn't really do it. just i tried. but i want like in index page there is header in that have menus and next slide show and next products and footer.. etc. may i know how to do that?
    – user3785196
    Jun 28, 2014 at 12:16
  • Edited my answer. Jun 28, 2014 at 12:43

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