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.
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.
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.
Mageplaza is a leading Magento extension provider, well known for their Magento products. The Mageplaza blog explores a wide range of topics from development, to marketing and much more. Most technical articles are well-laid out with a table of contents, making them easy to follow and informative even for the less savvy reader.
Another fantastic blog by a Magento extension provider – BSS’s best content is focused on how to optimise and enhance and existing Magento stores, using a range of approaches. Particularly useful are their tutorials on Magento 2, which cover a very wide range of topics – usually up to date with seasonal trends, so you have the most useful information as it’s needed.
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!
Magento extensions and themes provider. If your interest lies on eCommerce tips, news, updates and check what opinion leaders think then will be your blog. It also has a Forum with 3.9k followers.
Blog for web developers or techies who are interested in learning new snippets to make their life easier. It is written by Alan Storm creator of Commerce Bug (Magento extension) and author of the book No Frills Magento Layout. He also writes about Magento on his personal weblog AlanStorm and you can find him on twitter too.
A leading Ecommerce agency from Manchester with an interesting blog with posts about Magneto Tutorials, e-commerce advice, latest news, latest events and more. It’s a really good example of “make it personal” type of blog. Members of the staff contribute to the blog.
This stunning blog about Magento is run by the Magento’s developers of Creare Group which is a web design and internet marketing agency. Lots of tips and tutorials on Magento including great Magento training videos.
UnderstandingE are new guys on the block but are growing fast. They specialise in connecting Magento to Amazon and eBay and to that end they offer practical video guides which takes you step by step from installing Magento, to setting up M2E Pro and building your very own multi-channel eCommerce solution on a shoestring budget. Knowledge about the Magento platform is not required; so it is perfect for beginners.
Amasty is an excellent Magento extension development company, with a range of awesome extensions (We use they a lot!) They also produce a good blog where you can find information about their extensions, tips for your Magento store and hot topics related to the Magento ecommerce platform.
As part of the official Magento forums, the Magento DevBlog is a fantastic way to stay up to date with the latest developer focused updates, including Magento’s developer initiatives and official release notes. One of the best ways for developers to learn and share the latest knowledge.
Other notable Magento resources
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!
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).
Every developer’s favourite Q&A site. While not technically a blog, we just had to mention Stack Exchange here for the sheer wealth of information available. Quickly and easily explore topics related to the specific version of Magento you’re working with, learn for others’ experiences, and if you still can’t find a solution - invite the thoughts of the wider community to help solve your problem.