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State of Magento Solution Specialist Certification – August 2015

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The latest figures on the Magento Certified Solution Specialist certification are in.

We are now over 15 months into Magento’s only business-oriented certification program, and I’ve kept track of what’s happening in the world of us Solution Specialists, light-crunching the figures officially available via Magento’s certification directory.

This is the fourth quarterly State of Magento Solution Specialist Certification report by Inchoo – so make sure to check some of the trends.

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Magento 2 Luma Theme Under The Scope

Magento 2 “Luma” Theme Under The Scope

Magento 2 brings new default theme under the name “Luma”. Luma is a very clean, easy on the eyes and elegant theme that has adopted better usability practices than it’s predecessor, Magento 1 default “Madison Island” theme.

In this blog post I’ve prepared an overview of the main differences between these two themes and the crucial UX issues that were found in Beta version of Luma theme. As Magento 2 is still in the development phase, this article will be updated when some major changes occur.

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Shell script for converting configurable to grouped products

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A couple of weeks ago my colleague Attila Fabrik and I had a really complex but interesting task. We had to develop a shell script that converts configurable products to grouped products. Our Magento catalog was special. It contained mostly configurable products and it seemed that using configurable products was a good idea 4 years ago when the shop was set up but the current business conditions were pushing us to look for other, more flexible options.

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Talking Merchant: migrating to Magento 2

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Delivering a top notch web shop is never easy.

Factors such as requirements or desires (because, there is a difference!) accompanied with resources, experience and dedication make for the challenge of creation. Choosing the right partner now, thanks to Magento, comes with a new set of factors which should be looked after. All of them are connected with Magento’s new baby – Magento 2.

Since we’ve seen a lot of questions connected with the before mentioned factors (probably due to the fact that Magento officially published the date of Magento 2 release and we are talking about 15th of November now), we’ve decided to tone down the tension with telling you all about “what to expect when you’re expecting”.

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5 tips on managing Magento projects effectively

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Managing any remotely custom eCommerce project, let alone those on Magento, can pose quite a challenge to merchants. Enter Magento Solution Partners – those caring companies that make sure all the pieces of a puzzle that is a Magento website fit together.

So, how do we do that?

Here is a quick overview of some of the key building blocks of a successful eCommerce project and five tips from our experience on managing Magento projects effectively.

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MageMeter – a new way to present and share Magento performance benchmarks

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When Marko Martinović started working at Inchoo, we asked him what he likes to do in his free time. Enthusiastically enough, he replied: ”I write some code.” That was a bit over two years ago. He has been a member of the Inchoo family since April 2013 and today, we talked about his new project – MageMeter. All that ”I write some code.” wasn’t only talk, he made a catalog of Magento and Magento2 benchmarks metered using official Performance Toolkit.

We couldn’t restrain ourselves from asking a few questions and getting more info on the subject.

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Implementing payment gateway in Magento 2

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This is a revised article originally written in September 2014 when I started to play with Magento 2 for the first time. Since there were a lot of changes in Magento 2, this article also needed some refreshment. We will glance over the backend, and proceed with the development of a simple module. For this task, I picked up the payment gateway API integration. This relatively simple task will help us demonstrate some key changes in Magento 2.

More precisely, we will be focusing on implementation of Stripe payment gateway. Even though Stripe has a rich set of features, here we will be focusing only on most basic functionalities to get you started with Magento 2 extension development.

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SmashingConf New York 2015 – a review by Inchoo

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Life at Inchoo is not all about hard work. It is also about having fun doing what you love, acquiring new skills and upgrading existing ones to get the big picture and getting the chance to learn from the experience of others. Learning from experiences of others is an important part of individual personal growth and success which benefit greatly to everyone; from said individuals, their team, Inchoo, and ultimately our clients who get to reap the fruits of one’s experiences and views. After all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Following that philosophy, Inchooers can often be seen attending and speaking at various conferences in various parts of the world. Gathering knowledge through experiences of others, traveling and getting to see the world, meeting people and eventually understanding what makes someone tick – all of that results in always fresh ideas that help us solve the problems we encounter every day.

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How one intern evolved into an Inchooer

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Tweak it. Shape it. Place it. Grab it. (It being the article or it being the knowledge.)

Push the limits. Push the limits again.

And start again.

Now.

Now, indeed, is your chance.

What way to sum up 3 years of volunteering experience and projects with a special focus on last four weeks of my life – here’s how a mind grows when nurtured right. A story about me and Inchoo.

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Should encrypted Magento extensions be allowed on the new Magento Connect?

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A heated Twitter debate is under way over what Magento should or should not allow in the new, updated Connect, and it was started by Magento themselves.

The plans are that new Magento Connect will focus on the quality of extensions listed and will, ultimately, become a much more merchant- and developer-friendly place where everyone around Magento ecosystem will run to, not from.

The biggest question seems to be – should encrypted Magento extensions be allowed? Let’s check the story behind it, pros, cons, and in-betweens and try to come up with a solution, or figure out what Magento will decide.

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