Starting up

Top 3 mistakes by Magento beginners

First of all, let me inform you that this article is for those of you who are just starting with Magento. If you are a Magento expert, you will probably know this.  Consider it just a reminder for those who use Magento for first time. There are three common mistakes that most people do when they try to use Magento for first time, so read this article and you won’t be one of them.:)

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Magento site owners: Get serious, focus on what matters the most

For the last year or so I have been actively involved in online store development based on Magento ECOMMERCE platform. Everyone involved in Magento development can tell you that Magento extensively uses OOP approach. Although not everyone will agree, I like the way platform has been architectured in the backend. Layouts and config files enable you great deal of power without even writing a line of PHP code. Its not perfect, but what is. I believe most of you heard the “cliche”: “With great power comes great responsibility”. Let’s discuss this in regards to Magento.

There is a plain and simple message I wish to shout to current and future owners of Magento powered online stores: “Get serious, focus on what matters the most!“.

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What is the best shopping cart?

If you try to ask this question on some forum or newsgroup, you will surely get many replies. Everyone will present you his favorite. My first developed online store was created with standard osCommerce platform. After three or four projects, I started to work with CRE Loaded and used it frequently for years.  Although it was also an osCommerce fork, it had many advantages. I switched to Magento™ early this year and this is my final choice.

Let’s look at the popularity of those platforms now.

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Installing Magento easy way

Those of you who know what SVN is, feel free to skip this article. Those of you who are not familiar with SVN, this is a must-read. If you use standard FTP to upload all Magento files, you may find this process very time consuming. Magento 1.1.8 has over 6.700 files in over 2.200 folders. FTPing can sometimes take few hours on some servers. Let’s look at alternatives.

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What makes Magento so hard to learn

Most of us in ecommerce application development have already heard of Magento. Some would call it new ecommerce killer app. I myself stand with that statement for many of reasons. However I would like to call it with one more name, developer killer app. This developer killer is what I literally had in mind. Magento is currently one of the most difficult PHP systems out there a developer could learn and master.

So, what exactly makes Magento so hard? Short answer would be the lack of good, and I mean really good IDE studio. You know, like the one .Net guys and girls have, something like Visual Studio. Yea, here I go again giving praises to Visual Studio and monopolistic Microsoft although I make my living using open source PHP. I should really be a shame, right? Well, no!

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