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Magento Solutions – How to Make the Right Choice

MagentoWith growing popularity of eCommerce, it’s not surprising that more businesses move online where they can reach new customers.

Selecting which software platform you’ll use for your web store is an important decision. If you have fixed upon Magento to sell some products on the Internet, but you are still confused among choosing different solutions, this article is for you.

5 reasons to choose Magento:

1. Magento gains momentum every year and at the moment has over a third of the global eCommerce market.

2. The Magento platform is trusted by more than 150,000 businesses, including some of the world’s leading brands.

3. The platform suits not only for savvy merchants, but also for newcomers and those migrated to Magento from other platforms.

4. The Magento solutions enable businesses of all sizes to control and customize the look and feel, content and functionality of their online stores.

5. Magento offers their customers, partners, and community members a wealth of experience and resources in commerce – related technologies as well as access to world-class capabilities from eBay Marketplaces, PayPal, eBay Enterprise, and others.

Let’s compare the Magento solutions bringing out the best in each one.

How to Pay Less and Save a Lot of Money on aheadWorks Magento Extensions

From time to time aheadWorks Magento store visitors and blog readers can see our extensions available for PRE-ORDER. If you haven’t pre-ordered anything before, you wasted so much money, whereas you could save it.

In this post I’ll give you a solid $ reason to use the pre-order option whenever it is presented and describe the process behind the scenes.

How to Pay Less and Save a Lot of Money on aheadWorks Magento Extensions

Wikipedia defines a pre-order as “an order placed for an item which has not yet been released”. During the first half of the 2013 our customers have pre-ordered over 100 extensions among which the most popular were One Step Checkout, Add Free Product to Cart, Better Thank You Page, Extra Downloads.

Did users benefit from pre-orders? Absolutely! They saved up to 50% of the module price, and you can do the same. Read further how the pre-ordering option works for aheadWorks extensions and how to pay twice less for the module you need.

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 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.

aheadWorks Story: Why We Upgraded Our Magento Industry Partnership to a Platinum Level

The Magento market keeps steadily growing. More and more online merchants use the Magento platform for their online stores. The number of developers at Magento market is increasing as well – there are 800 000 worldwide. Partnership with Magento is an awesome possibility for any company to move to a new level of quality and reliability.

Qualification requirements for Magento partners are very high, though. They are especially high for Industry partners. It is not enough just to pay for Magento partnership – it is necessary to have an irreproachable report of service, to be an active member of the ecosystem and recognizable leader in your niche.

We’ll tell you the reason why aheadWorks decided to reach the sky and acquire the highest – Platinum – Magento Partner status.

Magento Industry Partnership

Visit Magento Developers Paradise in Palma de Mallorca with 35% off from aheadWorks

This year the Developers Paradise, powered by aheadWorks official partner Netresearch, will take place in Palma de Mallorca, September 16-19. aheadWorks is acting as Media Partner of the event, and you can take advantage of it!

The first 3 readers who leave comments to this post will get 35% discount coupons to visit the Developers Paradise in Spain and meet the best Magento developers from all around the world. [THE OFFER IS CLOSED, DISCOUNTS ARE GIVEN AWAY] 

Magento Developers Paradise

The Developers Paradise is a must-attend event for all Magento developers with more than 130 expected attendees. This year participants can look forward to a high-quality program including the latest Magento news and valuable content. You will get new knowledge and have a chance to network with other enthusiasts from the Magento scene. Furthermore, you will benefit from the know-how of the community and the single speakers. Netresearch will also provide attendees with diverse free-time activities and hack-sessions.

Most notably, event organizers are committed to making everything entirely transparent, announcing that sponsoring money will be divided between all the attendees!

It means, the ticket price will be reduced for all participants at the end of the Developers Paradise and everyone will get a piece of the cake back. If you want to support the Magento Community as well, become a sponsor and help attendees get as much money back as possible.

Right now, there are 2 sponsors and €8000 in the money pot, more than 50 attendees and a lot of Call 4 Paper suggestions.

Look how the Developers Paradise was held last year.

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.

Magento PHP Developer’s Guide: Detailed Review from aheadWorks Experts

Magento PHP Developer's Guide

We were lucky to get one of a few copies of “Magento PHP Developer’s Guide“. It was published in April 2013 by Packt Publishing Ltd., one of the most prolific and fast-growing tech book publishers in the world.

Allan MacGregor, the author of “Magento PHP Developer’s Guide”, has a reputation for being professional, skilled and accurate developer easy to work with. I have happened to communicate with Allan and I should say that he is very responsive and friendly as well.

Allan MacGregor started working with Magento when he was a freelance developer little over 4 years ago and now he is a Magento Certified Developer Plus.

“Before Magento, creating an ecommerce website was difficult, expensive and slow,” tells Allan. “Magento changed all that! I enjoy working with Magento because it’s challenging, the framework is very powerful and flexible. And overall, I have fun working with Magento!”

Allan understood that there was a lot of information online, but he felt that there was a need for book that was an easy entry point for new developers and a bit of reference for developers that are not so new to Magento.

“I wanted to write the book that I wished I had when I was starting with Magento. A guide that covers the fundamentals, that gives me the tools to start developing with Magento.”

And Allan did it. Though it was his first writing experience, “Magento PHP Developer’s Guide” turned to be an easily accessible tutorial, designed and written to give the reader maximum understanding of the powerful Magento framework.

Continue reading this post to find out aheadWorks impressions on guide illustrations, contents, and writing style.

aheadWorks Magento Products: Magento Extensions, Magento 2 Extensions

Our Recently Certified Magento Plus and Zend PHP 5.3 Developers Warn: the Devil Is in the Details!

We are hardly billionaires here, but we definitely know how to grow the company to a well-to-do business: hire the team of professionals and cultivate their desire to master skills and jump higher. Eventually, it pays.

Let’s give salutations to our developers, Ilia Sokolov, Sergey Ostapchik, Michael Valushko, for achieving the statuses of Magento Certified Developer Plus and Zend PHP 5.3 Certified Engineers!

aheadWorks certified developers
Starting from the left are Ilia, Sergey and Michael

I believe there are a bunch of developers among our readers who are also pursuing the goal of becoming certified Magento or Zend PHP engineers. That’s what our guys have to say them about the certification process and how useful certificates might be.

aheadWorks Levels up to Magento Platinum Industry Partner

Platinum Partnership

Cheers to aheadWorks team for making a big step forward and embracing the highest possible level of commitment with Platinum Industry Partner status!

This transition to a new partnership level is anticipated since at present more than 25,000 Magento merchants and 40+ official partners in 100 countries are using our high-grade extensions and themes.

‘Platinum Partnership means a lot to us. It acknowledges our expertise in Magento extensions and themes development and provides guarantees that our customer service is top notch. We participate in almost every Magento event and are always ready to support big and small related happenings.

It was a long way to go to become leading players in Magento universe and it looks like we made it‘, – Artyom Rabzonov, the CEO at aheadWorks, states.

Do not forget that aheadWorks takes part in the Imagine eCommerce Conference 2013. If you are in Las Vegas, make sure to stop by our booth #54! Here is the Marketplace plan for you to spot us.

aheadWorks booth at Imagine

Follow aheadWorks on Twitter and be the first to get the hottest Imagine news from Matt and Artyom.

Customer Attributes Extension Is Available for Pre-order! Save 25% off the price until April, 12

‘Customers come and go’ – you have to take this simple piece of business wisdom for granted. In between coming and going they can register on your website and leave invaluable bits of private information that help you identify their traits. We want to assist you in collecting as much user data as possible and for this purpose we deliver the Customer Attributes extension.

Customer Attributes

Customer Attributes give merchants the ability to extend the number of fields on customer registration and personal account pages to have the additional info about clients at their disposal.

Save 25% on the extension from now through Friday, April 12! Pre-order Customer Attributes before its official release (a week from today) and pay $75 instead of $101.

We made it extremely easy to deal with Customer Attributes: no headache expected while installing and configuring the extension. The set of clearly defined features allows this extension to stand out among others of its kind.

Heading to the Imagine Conference? Join Las Vegas City Tour with aheadWorks for Free

The biggest Magento event of the year, the Imagine eCommerce Conference, is almost around the corner and aheadWorks team is already packing its suitcases to fly to Las Vegas shortly. This time the third annual Imagine conference will be held in Las Vegas on April 8-10.

Being a Silver Sponsor of the event, we would like to offer you SOMETHING SPECIAL if you are also moving to Las Vegas to participate in the Imagine.

Join Las Vegas City Tour with aheadWorks on April 7 (Sunday) for free to get acquainted with this sin city full of temptation. To hop on a bus with us and make a short trip through all main attractions of Vegas, just REGISTER HERE with your Facebook account or by email and let’s have fun together before the main happening will take place next day.

The number of seats is limited, so be sure to register as soon as you see this announcement!

For all other participants: here are 4 big reasons for you to find aheadWorks booth in the exhibition hall and come talk to us.

  1. Claim the Certificate of your Imagine eCommerce Conference Attendance
  2. Get free tickets to Las Vegas Tour with aheadWorks on April 9 if you missed the first trip on April 7
  3. Learn about best deals and obtain discounts for all products in our store
  4. Find out aheadWorks Partnership Program benefits

aheadWorks team

I strongly recommend you to memorize these two smart, decent looking guys. You will get private coupon codes along with their business cards if you talk to them in person. Make appointment with them beforehand by dropping informal emails to the following addresses.

Artyom, Chief Executive

Matt, Chief Marketing

See you there! Do not hesitate to initiate dialogue with us anytime you meet our team at the Imagine, next to our booth or somewhere in the crowd. We’ve prepared for you much more. 😉

Migration to Magento: Is It Gonna Be a Bumpy Ride?

Editor’s Note: This post is provided for our blog by Mariana Onysko, Head of Marketing Department at MagneticOne. We are working on making aheadWorks blog a true Magento herald, where companies can highlight existing Magento issues and their ways to solve them. This article contains recommendations for merchants to consider from our Ukrainian colleagues while migrating to Magento and pitfall to be aware of.

One of the established eCommerce tendencies of 2013 is the Great Migration of the stores. 49% of today’s online merchants have considered switching their current shopping solutions within the next 2 years. Almost a half of store owners migrating today chooses Magento as their new eCommerce destination.

Nothing weird that Magento totally conquers the world with its vastness and magnificence. The widest functionality, hence unlimited possibilities, free and open source allow doing whatever you wish for free. Still, all these benefits can become a real problem when it comes to data migration.

What should you be ready for?

So, you’ve decided to migrate to Magento? No matter which way you’ll choose to do it, there are a couple of issues you had better considered.

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 and 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.

The App Factory Does Not Plan to Compete with Magento Connect

Thomas_FleckEditor’s Note: This post is provided exclusively for our blog by Thomas Fleck, CEO of the Netresearch App Factory.

I believe, you have already heard about the App Factory marketplace and now you wonder what it really is and how it is related to Magento Connect – rival or affiliate? Today I’ll give you the answers to these questions and explain how we accept modules in there.

The App Factory is a platform for Magento extensions, operated by Netresearch. We worked as a Magento Enterprise Partner in the past and currently we are a Preferred Extension Development Partner of Magento. Furthermore, we are organizing lots of Magento events like Meet Magento Germany, Meet Magento Brazil, Developers Paradise and will keep aheadWorks blog readers posted about the upcoming meetups.

What is the App Factory?

The App Factory is an international marketplace of verified Magento extensions aimed at online retailers and agencies.

My Impressions on Magento Hackathon in Berlin: Everything Just Felt Right and Comfortable

Editor’s Note: This post is provided exclusively for our blog by Fabian Blechschmidt, a Magento Certified developer, organizer and one of participants at Magento Hackathon in Berlin.

My dreams and expectations mentioned in the blog post about Magento Hackathon in Berlin came true. I realized that it is easy to make Magento hackers happy: give them tables, electricity, Wi-Fi and the list of projects. And the freedom to decide what to do.

What we had and what we’ve done:

– around 2 days of hard hacking

34 awesome Magento developers

– built/extended 13 GitHub repositories. You can get acquainted with all projects here on GitHub.

The Dependency Injection and Magento report by Tim Bezhashvyly and the presentation of Karl Spies about doing Git right are also available.