Installing the Magento Go admin theme

As you might know, Magento released a new version called Magento Go some time ago; it is a hosted e-commerce solution for small businesses.

If you have tried it, you will know that the admin panel has a custom skin that is very modern and clean, as shown in the following screenshot:

Johan Reinke, a French PHP developer, has created a perfect copy of the Magento Go admin theme and published it for free on GitHub. You can find the full article about this theme on his blog at An extension is available on GitHub in the master branch at

The installation is very simple and quick; you only need to download the extension and upload it into your store root by using the following steps:

  1. Disable the Inchoo AdminTheme extension that may conflict with this module.
  1. Download the extension URL from the GitHub
  2. Extract the files into your Magento
  3. Refresh the

Once installed, you can see that a custom Magento login panel is also present, as you can see in the following screenshot:

So if you want a better-looking admin panel but don’t have time or desire to customize the admin panel for each client, downloading and including the Magento Go admin panel theme extension is a great way to update the look of the Magento admin panel for your end user without consuming too much time or effort on your part.

Source: Sacca Andrea (2014), Mastering Magento theme design, Packt Publishing; Illustrated edition.

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