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Aheadworks is Now Premier Magento Extension Builder!

Our team is happy to announce that recently, we’ve acquired the status of Magento Premier Extension Builder!

Aheadworks is Now the Premier Magento Extension Builder!

Aheadworks is a reliable provider of high-quality Magento extensions with thousands of clients all over the world. In our work, we are guided by the following principles and goals:

  • Rich functionality;
  • High-quality code;
  • Advanced UI and UX;
  • Magento coding standards conformance;
  • Extensive testing and cross-platform support;
  • Web API support and PWA-readiness.

Tom Robertshaw: “For Magento the Next Year Is Going to Be Very Interesting to See How eBay Continues to Absorb It”

It doesn’t happen to me every day to interview “crown jewels” of Magento community. But from time to time I approach the brightest minds in Magento universe and publish the results of my conversation with them (remember aheadWorks interviews with Andre Gugliotti, Mario SAM, Hirokazu Nishi, Kuba Zwolinski)?

This time I talk to the guy who is extremely popular in Magento development circles and famous for his in-depth eCommerce surveys we’re all looking forward to every half-year. Tom Robertshaw, welcome on stage!

Tom Robertshaw
Tom Robertshaw is on the left

Miguel Ignacio Balparda: “Magento in Argentina Is in the Early Stages of Adoption and Businesses Can Take Advantage of It”

Right after the interview with Mario SAM, Magento developer activist in Brazil, was published, that same day I got the email from another Magento enthusiast from Argentina willing to write something about eCommerce in his country.

Argentina! That’s awesome, we shouldn’t miss that boat,” I thought and arranged a talk with Miguel right away. Continue reading and dig deeper on eCommerce market in Argentina with Miguel Balparda and me.

Hello everyone! I am Miguel Ignacio Balparda, Senior Magento developer at Santex.

I have been working with Magento for 4.5 years. At first, I began to work for a small Magento company and then I got into developing on some Zend Framework based CMS. Once I became familiar with Magento, I started developing my own extensions and also working on a couple of large eCommerce stores.

Miguel Ignacio BalpardaMiguel Ignacio Balparda

I like sharing knowledge about Magento. I have co-hosted the online meetup from Italy where I currently reside for Santex Argentinean offices. We discussed the importance of eCommerce trends, considering that businesses are now “e-oriented”.

What’s the Magento status in Argentina? Is it popular?

Motivational Speech for eCommerce Merchants and Developers about the Importance of Taking Risks

Justin ButlionThis inspirational post is written by Justin Butlion exclusively for eCommerce & Magento merchants and developers who regularly read aheadWorks blog. Justin Butlion is the Content and Social Marketing Manager of Yotpo*.
Justin loves to blog about eCommerce, online marketing, web development, and entrepreneurship.

Our world is full of choices. What should we eat for breakfast? Where should we go on vacation? Every choice leads to a decision, and each decision to an outcome. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we make these decisions based on our perceived benefits from each possible choice.

In the eCommerce world the “benefits” that we are focusing on are increased sales, and increased profit. We want to make money, and each business choice that we make should bring us to that end. But seeing what is going to lead us to make the most money isn’t always easy, and sometimes even when we see a great opportunity, we shy away.

Why is that? Generally, it’s because we’re scared; we can’t risk it.

Mario SAM: “We Respect Extension Providers Who Speak to Brazilian Magento Community in Portuguese”

It’s so much fun to be a part of Magento universe. The United States, Magento cradle, is no longer a sole proprietor of Magento mainstream; this eCommerce platform has spread far overseas with many outstanding local leaders eager to share Magento wisdom. Mario SAM, one of the winners of “Magento PHP Developer’s Guide” in aheadWorks blog, is such a Magento activist in Brazil.

We have already published the post about Magento in Brazil by André Gugliotti in our blog. Mario will be glad to tell more about Brazilian Magento market and his expectations on its prospects.

Mario SAMHi, guys, I’m Mario SAM from mariosam.com.br. I’m Brazilian and never give it up!

I started working with eCommerce in 2006, even created my own eCommerce system fully in J2EE (Java). Back then I was in love with the code and had been teaching Taekwondo classes.

When Magento was released in 2008, I accepted the possibility to abandon my project and fully dedicate myself to the business.

Mario, how did you decide to launch a website with Magento tips?

I had a site about technology in general, where I talked a little about everything I did – JavaScript, CSS, XML, PHP, Java, SQL, etc… the blog was a mess of information.

Later I noticed that Magento-related posts began to gain prominence. Besides, it was very difficult to find Magento tutorials in Portuguese, so I thought of creating exclusive blog tips for Brazilian Magento audience by myself. The blog was a success and won the TOPBLOG 2010 technology.

How do you recognize what tips should be posted?

At first, I reviewed frequently asked Magento questions on the forums and used them to write posts. To my surprise, the most simple and very basic Magento tips are the ones that generate more page views.

eCommerce Platforms Survey: Who Rules Olympus These Days and Who Will Gain Power in The Future?

It’s been a while since we published our last survey on shopping platforms and their growth/decline on a highly competitive eCommerce software market. If you wonder what was going on in the woods back in 2012, take time to read our February and September studies while we move forward with a new statistics and latest changes within half a year.

About the Survey

First things first, let’s clarify some issues. We have analyzed stores from the Alexa Top 1 Million and now publish the pie chart to illustrate the popularity of different platforms. Keep in mind that all numbers in this article are relative, meaning they have no absolute values and can’t be viewed separately.

I also anticipate your doubts regarding the impartiality of this survey, especially because we have reasons to play with data and highlight Magento greatness. I assure you – it won’t happen and I will tell you outright who is hard on Magento heels. Let’s get started then!

Survey Results

MagentoMAGENTO. No surprise, Magento Community Edition with almost 30% spread is favored by many newcomers, savvy merchants and those migrated to Magento from other platforms.

Magento Enterprise Edition is in a higher demand, jumping forward from 4.6% in September 2012 to 5.8% at the moment with the number of EE websites increased by 27% (!). What caused this progress? Several months ago Magento team announced a big bonus – a free upgrade from Magento CE to EE for a limited time, and turned out, this marketing move bore fruits.

The spread of eCommerce platforms in July 2013:
Survey data from aheadWorks

The Talk With Kuba Zwoliński: “I Can Honestly Say There Are Many Ideas For Online Businesses in Poland”

A world without borders makes it easy to spread the popularity of eCommerce businesses like fire. Just imagine – you can build a website from scratch and start selling novelties on it regardless of where you are from (though, you are dependent on local legislation and Internet connection quality). The same is true for developers: if they specialize in eCommerce development, it automatically means they are demanded throughout the globe.

Seeing how Magento expands further and further, I can’t help thinking of other corners of the world and their possible response to Magento invasion. For this purpose and also to learn how difficult/prestigious/risky it is to build eCommerce businesses in particular countries, we cover them step by step in our blog:

This time I virtually move to Poland to meet Kuba Zwoliński, a founder of Snowdog company (we are glad to have Snowdog as aheadWorks official partner!), Magento eCommerce consultant and organizer of the First Meet Magento Poland. We talk about his acquaintance with Magento, Polish eCommerce in general and the way he worked on Meet Magento PL.

eCommerce in the Netherlands: Be Aware of Local Laws and Offer Prevailing Dutch Payment Solution

Editor’s Note: This post is provided exclusively for our blog by Guido Jansen, Magento Evangelist and eBusiness consultant at ISM eCompany, one of the largest Magento companies in the Netherlands. Guido is deeply involved in the Magento community since 2008 and is one of Dutchento community founders.

Since 2003 I was involved in several open source projects, doing mainly consultancy and some project management besides my Psychology studies. I started the online Dutch Joomla! community in 2004 and also organized national events for that community. In 2008 I came into contact with Magento and was really enthusiastic about it right from the start. Since people with webshops on Magento purposefully earn money with it (which is not always the case with a regular Joomla! website), budgets for developing Magento webshops are much higher, and thus, it is more interesting market.

I copied the Joomla! model to Magento and started a local online community, organizing national events andhttps://www.aheadworks.com/blog/tag/dutchento/ doing consultancy work.

Magento position in the Netherlands

Despite the economy being at a low point, eCommerce is still growing in the Netherlands. There’s a great interest in the Netherlands for Magento and related services. For instance, if you use Google Insights to track interest for “Magento” in the last 12 months, you’ll see the Netherlands on top.

Your Online Store Is Immune to a Fraud? Really?

Don BushEditor’s Note: This post is provided exclusively for our blog by Don Bush, Vice President of Marketing at Kount. Don works with online retailers, industry analysts, consultants, law enforcement and trade associations to determine the latest threats to eCommerce businesses. Don has been a regular speaker on fraud topics at several industry events in the U.S. and Europe.

Fraud is a nasty issue that most eCommerce business owners and managers don’t like to talk about. They see the detection and management of fraud as a cost center, a necessary evil the company has to deal with. While this attitude is pretty common, it couldn’t be more wrong.

According to a recent online business survey, the average order rejection rate due to the suspicion of fraud is 2.8% in the U.S. and 7.8% internationally. If your company is near the average, this means you spend valuable time, money and resources to drive traffic to your site, convert lookers into buyers and still end up rejecting a significant number of orders, because they look suspicious.

I will help you as much as I can by revealing types of online fraud to be aware of and a few ways to minimize fraud losses.

Any Ideas on Brazilian eCommerce? Boleto Bancario, Installments, Bargento Brazil…

Since my first days in Magento ecosystem for over a year by now, I regularly meet smart, broad-minded and open folks who are passionate about Magento in a very extraordinary way, as it might seem.

These people educate themselves constantly and their Magento expertise is heavily based on their willingness to get and share knowledge they possess. They spend a lot to cross half the world to participate in Magento events and often invest their private funds to organize meetups and hackathons of their own.

It’s not fair that you may not know them well. From now, I will try to bring popular Magento enthusiasts to our blog and reveal their personality to you. And you can challenge them with questions and comments!

Today I’m glad to talk with Andre Gugliotti, Brazilian Magento Evangelist, the organizer of Bargento Brazil and the author of webinar series in Portuguese about basics and tricks for Magento developers.

Andre Gugliotti

Matthias Zeis: Bring Developers in One Room and in Three Hours You Will Get More Than in a Month of Reading Numerous Blogs

Matthias ZeisEditor’s Note: This post is provided exclusively for our blog by Matthias Zeis, a Magento Certified web developer who currently works at LimeSoda Interactive Marketing GmbH. Being a huge fan of Magento, he is also a co-organizer of *Magento-Stammtisch (regulars’ table) in Vienna.

I felt quite honoured when Irina approached me to write a guest post about our Magento regulars’ table in Vienna and eCommerce in Austria in general. It doesn’t happen every day that one of the best-known blogs in the community reaches out to you, so I’m happy to tell you how I experience the Austrian eCommerce market.

What does Austrian eCommerce look like?

Analyzing Austrian economic situation combined with technology spread and usage, I observe the following:

Trends that you see popping up in the US will take several years to become popular in Austria. In some fields there is a difference of up to 3 years, especially in the area of business models and logistics.

If you see that something is getting recognized in Germany, you will hit the first wave if you implement it in the next 12 months.

You have to deal with a diverse society. Austrians are diversified due to the culture and cultural background of many people living here.