Get Total Price of Cart Including/Excluding VAT/Tax in Magento Minicart Widget

A quick post here, which is more of a note to myself, because I’ve just spent one hour digging through methods for this. If you want to display the total price including or excluding VAT in Magento, using strictly methods already integrated in Magento, use the below code to call these in a pre-formatted way.

The code displayed below you can use save the output to a variable (e.g. $grandTotal or $subTotal) and manipulate it. You can also use it to display (echo) the output anywhere on your page (e.g. minicart.phtml). Which is what I used it for.

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How to get a 100/100 Score on Pingdom & Google Pagespeed Insights

Choosing the right host to serve your website can be such a pain. If you’re a small business owner or a startup, you usually don’t have the funds to invest in “fancy” WordPress-hosting.

Luckily this doesn’t mean you’re site has to load sluggish. With the right tools you can give these “fancy” WordPress-hosts using Varnish & Nginx a run for their money.

In this guide I’m going to show you how to get a perfect score on Pingdom and Google Pagespeed Insights with W3TC and Autoptimize.

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Line Clamping: A Clean CSS Text-Overflow Alternative with PHP

Text-overflow: ellipsis. In human language: gracefully cut off any text and replace it with ‘…’ when there’s no more space left for text. An absolutely beautiful CSS property, don’t you think? Think again. This only works on the first and only line of text within a text block. It removes everything after that. Not Cool, CSS! But not to worry. Today I will show you a clean and simple alternative to line clamping using PHP.

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Combine External Javascript: Disable WP Emoji’s

As of WordPress 4.2 the CMS platform supports Emoji’s. This could be great news for you, if you use them anywhere away from your mobile phone. However, for many bloggers the added feature is an absolute eyesore, causing combine external Javascript to reappear in Pingdom and Pagespeed Insights. Damn you, WordPress! If you introduce a new feature, at least allow us to disable it!

When you’re optimizing your WordPress website, you’ll notice that minification plugins aren’t able to capture the file. Which means that ‘wp-emoji-release.min.js’ will always show up as an extra DNS request. It also means that Pingdom and Google Pagespeed Insights will suggest you to combine external Javascript. It is a terrible thing if you already spent days fine-tuning your WordPress’ website performance.

Luckily, removing the feature isn’t that hard. Today I’ll show you how a few lines of code will send your WordPress website soaring towards that perfect score again.

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