eCommerce is complicated – we all know that; and sometimes we all make it more complicated than it needs to be (but that’s a topic for another day!). Magento is fairly straightforward in the main – but like all full featured platforms – it can get overwhelming. So the question is where do you turn when you get stuck? To help with those moments, we present a round-up of the biggest and best Magento blogs and resources out there.
DLTR is written by Damodar Bashyal, a certified Magento developer, and shows posts with practical solutions to problems submitted by the mainly technical audience. This is a blog for techies but It’s worth having a look – and having it in your list of resources – you never know, you might be able to show your development team how that change you need should be done!
Magento host a Blog/Wiki/Forum resource to help the community to share information. Go there to find official-ish information, best practices, customer stories and developers tips. Check the dates on some of the solutions – not always useful if the posts are from 2008 – as things have more often than not moved on. Magento also have their own on-demand tutorial called MagentoU (U for university), where you can find useful info, screencasts and video-courses, both paid and free of charge.
3. Practical Ecommerce
Practical Ecommerce uses its social media channels to publish independent articles and advice to help businesses succeed online. This blog is just not about Magento. However, given Magento’s position as the largest e-commerce platform in the marketplace, there is plenty of relevant information about it.
Inchoo states that “over 140,000 people searching for Magento related solution end up on this site every month”; with such amount of visitors they must be doing something right – and they are!. At Inchoo you will find out about the issues that they are facing on a daily basis, from new trends (for business managers) to sharing re-usable Magento code (for developers).
MageTraining is a Magento merchant training business, but on their blog are a range of useful articles looking at aspects of running your ecommerce store with the Magento platform. Really useful for looking at how you can get more out of Magento – and start to fully use its power.
What is interesting about this blog is not necessarily the quality of the articles – which are a bit simplistic – but the fact that they are looking at Magento as part of an ecosystem. The blog provides articles and information about best practices on Magento, WordPress, Joomla, PrestaShop and OpenERP (amongst others).
SiteGround is a web hosting company services with specific Magento hosting expertise (amongst others). They have a number of amazing step-by-step Magento Tutorials – and with these nothing will be impossible any more. You can find information on a range of topics such as how to install Magento or how to add products and extensions to it. I’ve used it myself and I ended up in love with Magento… ♥ – so I consider this site to be the prime matchmaker!
Magestore is a Magento extension and ecommerce solution provider. Its blog has ecommerce tips, magento training, site management and general programming features. Their extensions are pretty good too!