This is a demo store. Any orders placed through this store will not be honored or fulfilled.


Best Practices

DocBlock syntax

Custom DocBlocks

Every file in Acumen has a custom DocBlock with package information to easily distinguish file versions.

Magento code/local files

Local Overrides

Magento core updates are properly written in the /app/code/local directory to prevent code overwriting.

XML update code

Thoroughly Documented

Customized Magento code is always commented for easy reference and fast comparison to original code.

Language / Translation


Multi-Language Ready

Acumen has been used in dozens of languages like German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, Greek, and more.

Translation method

Fully Translatable

Acumen implements Magento's translation method on every text snippet and in every frontend template.

Clearer language

Straightforward, Friendly Tone

The store's tone was rewritten for clarity and brevity to improve the customer's experience.


W3 HTML5 logo


The doctype of the modern web powers Acumen. It's simpler, future-proof, and validates.

W3 CSS3 logo


Gradients, animations, and rounded corners that previously required complex workarounds are supported by modern browsers.

W3 Semantics logo


Terse, semantic markup improves maintainability, but also boosts SEO rank by helping search engines understand your content.

Beautiful Markup

Scrubbed Clean

Magento could use a diet. Acumen slims everything to the semantic essentials:

  • Simplified redundant attributes
  • Cured div-itis
  • Removed non-critical inline JS

Compare Magento to Acumen and see for yourself, this is the tip of the iceberg:


<button type="button" title="<?php echo $this->__('Add to Cart') ?>" class="button btn-cart" onclick="setLocation('<?php echo $this->getAddToCartUrl($_product) ?>')">
      <?php echo $this->__('Add to Cart') ?>


<a class="faux-button" href="<?php echo $this->getAddToCartUrl($_product) ?>">
  <?php echo $this->__('Add To Cart') ?>


jQuery library

jQuery Added

jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development.

jQuery + Prototype compatibility

Prototype + jQuery Compatibility

jQuery runs in compatibility mode within a special wrapper to maintain normal syntax for plugin initialization. Prototype operates within Magento as usual.

SlidesJS + ColorBox

jQuery + SlidesJS + ColorBox

Configurable plugins like Slides and ColorBox power Acumen's UI Widgets.

Custom Functions

Semantic Menus

Rewritten navigation menus use standards-driven lists and pure CSS styling to unfold without JavaScript.

Smarter Page Titles

A three-layered override for page titles gives control even in modules without setTitle() methods.

Snippets are content areas you can update from the Magento Admin. Turn them on/off as needed with no coding!

This is Snippet: CMS Page Bottom. It will automatically show on all CMS Pages.

Acumen for Magento

Better design. Better code. Better performance.

Take the Feature Tour and see why.

Always Updated

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