Magento is a full-fledged, open source e-commerce platform, aimed at web site designers, developers, and business owners who are looking for a complete e-commerce web site solution. This article focuses on gaining in-depth knowledge about what Magento is.
Who should use Magento?
Magento has two primary audiences: web site developers and businessman planning to expansion in the online e-commerce market place. Regardless of your level of expertise, Magento is easily approachable. It has a ready to work, straight-out-of-the-box usage with flexibility to customization if required. Magento can also be installed on local host environment for testing and development. It is easy to update your web site with new products and managing orders.
What can we do with Magento?
Magento offers a lot in the field of e-commerce development. Magento cart is very useful in managing catalog, shipping, product browsing, payment, order management, search engine optimization (SEO) and other marketing facilities as well. Varien, the company responsible for building Magento has set up new standard for open source applications. Most impressive aspects of Magento is its Zend Framework. Zend Framework allows separation of a model-view-controller (MVC), which in turn, separates its core operations from its functionality and appearance.
- Magento e-commerce system can be extended and customized using PHP code.
- You can set up your own data profile to import or export data in Magento.
- Build applications that interface with the customer, product, and order data using Magento’s Core API.
What does it take to start with Magento?
PHP developers India is needed as Magento uses PHP as a web server scripting language and the MySQL Database. The data model is based on the Entity-attribute-value model that stores data objects in tree structures, thus allowing a change to a data structure without changing the database definition.
Magento System Requirement
- Supported Operating Systems:
- Linux x86, x86-64
- Supported Web Servers:
- Apache 1.3.x
- Apache 2.0.x
- Apache 2.2.x
- Supported Browsers:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and above
- Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and above
- Apple Safari 2.x
- Google Chrome
- Adobe Flash browser plug-in should be installed
- PHP Compatibility:
- Required extensions:
- SOAP (if Webservices API is to be used)
- Safe_mode off
- Memory_limit no less than 256Mb (preferably 512)
- 4.1.20 or newer
- InnoDB storage engine
- If HTTPS is used to work in the admin, SSL certificate should be valid. Self-signed SSL certificates are not supported
- Server – hosting – setup:
- Ability to run scheduled jobs (crontab) with PHP 5
- Ability to override options in .htaccess files
If your business requires functionality beyond or different from that of the feature set of Magento, Magento experts can fully tailor Magento to meet your specific business needs. Magento is flexible and can be easily customized to suit business needs. PHP consultantscan help suggest customization using PHP for Magento. PHP programmer India can develop customized server side scripting module to suit user’s need. Hire PHP developers to customize your Magento e-commerce system.
Upgrading Magento is simple; the first thing is to set up a staging store. The good thing is, If something goes wrong with the upgrade, your primary store isn’t affected. After your staging store is upgraded, the frontend and backend is verified to make sure that everything is running properly without error. You’re then given a chance to go through the store yourself to see if you’d like to continue with the upgrade process on your primary store. After which the schedule to upgrade your primary store is set.
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