I am a big fan of specialisation – I think it is the only way to really enable good quality. That is why I cooperate with great specialised partners for stuff like design, user experience, conversion optimisation, SEO, SEM and stuff like that. I am specialised in developing – especially with regard to Magento. I am also not a devop or system engineer. Of course I can configure a server for my needs and do some fancy stuff with it, but there are people out there who do this the whole day and are really into it. They can optimise a server like a pro and that is why I want to work with them and do not fiddle with servers myself. But where are the server pros? There are a lot of managed Magento hosting offers, but are they really suited for Magento? Do these hosters all know Magento and its requirements good enough? I made a lot of bad experiences with various hosters which promised great Magento hosting. So this will be an alphabetically ordered list of managed Magento hosting providers I worked with. I collect all my experiences here, so that I have them for reference and so that you guys can select a good hoster for your Magento project and can skip the bad ones! So here we go… Managed Magento Hosting Experiences weiterlesen
I always encounter two main problems when it comes to the deployment of small- and medium-sized Magento shops. First, when I take over a shop, there is often no deployment process at all. Second, when people talk about the deployment process for Magento shops, it is always about big projects. I understand that this is more challenging and may sound more attractive to some of you, but I think it is also important to talk about the deployment process of smaller Magento shops. So here we go!
After I took the Magento Certified Solution Specialist and Magento Certified Frontend Developer exams end of last year and in the beginning of this year, I finally also took the Magento Certified Developer exam. Conclusion: It is, as expected, the hardest of the three exams, but it is absolutely doable if you worked with Magento for more than a year on a full-time basis. Magento Certified Developer weiterlesen
There are so many events for Magento developers and enthusiasts out there that it is difficult to keep up with all of them. That is why I created a publicly available Google calendar, which contains all Magento events around the world. Magento Events Calendar weiterlesen
Magento introduced a new security feature in version 1.8 which disables the possibility to save and autocomplete the admin credentials. Some password manager like Lastpass can still save and autocomplete the credentials, but some others cannot. For instance, the Firefox password manager does not store or autocomplete the admin credentials in Magento >= 1.8. I wrote a neat little extension to solve this issue. Magento Save and Autocomplete Admin Credentials weiterlesen
I guess the best and most used image zoom plugin for Magento is Magic Zoom. Today I had to optimise the Magic Zoom functionality so that it works nicely on mobile devices. They say that the plugin is responsive out of the box, although I do not really know what exactly is responsive – I definitely had issues on mobile devices. In any case, the quick and awesome support helped me with my problem and told me that they release a new version with „much more improved behavior on mobile device“ next month.
So you receive a Magento request from a new customer. Great! You have a first look at the server. So far so good! You quickly realise that there is no version control system (VCS) and no separation of customisations and core code. DAMN IT!!! Q(/%LJx§“?8SA?!(&%!!! I can of course only tell from my experiences, but I have the impression that this problem is absolutely common and happens with shops of any size. So how do you convince your new potential customer to initially spend a fair amount of money to just bring his project technically on a good basis? He does not have any direct advantages from it. But which advantages can you promise anyway, which may convince him? Avantages of Introducing a VCS and Modman for Customers weiterlesen
The Magento Community Manager of Cloudways, Wajid Hussain, asked me to give an interview some time ago. I was of course very thankful and felt honoured, so that I certainly agreed. The topics of the interview are widespread: We talk about different shop systems, Magento extensions, Magento customisations, Magento 2 and a few other things. Interview with Cloudways weiterlesen
After my good experiences with the Magento Certified Solution Specialist certification, I was brave enough to go one step further: To take the Magento Certified Frontend Developer exam. The exam is definitely more challenging than the solution specialist exam, but it is absolutely doable if you know Magento’s frontend part. You want to know how you can prepare yourself? You want to know how my experiences were? Read on! Magento Certified Frontend Developer weiterlesen
So after reading my post about hickups with the infinite theme inheritance feature in Magento 1.9 you decide to give it a try. You want to use the rwd/default theme as a base and just add some new fancy CSS, so that the site is in accordance with your corporate design. But then you realise that your CSS file is rendered as the first CSS file, so that all your changes are overridden by the CSS files of the parent theme. Why is this the case? How can you solve this? Read on. Magento 1.9 Infinite Theme Inheritance: Child CSS Not Rendered Last weiterlesen