When you’ve had a business idea you can’t wait to show to the world, you need a website. If Magento is your platform of choice, a professional Magento developer can certainly help take your project to the next level.
eCommerce is experiencing a boom like never before, so one way to make your eCommerce project stand out from the crowd is by working with a professional developer.
But what can a developer actually do for you? And what’s the benefit of hiring one?
We’ll answer these questions (and more!) in this blog.
What is Magento?
First things first, if you’re new to the world of eCommerce and content management systems, you’re probably wondering what Magento is.
Magento is one of the internet’s biggest and best eCommerce platforms.
It’s built with open source technology, which means eCommerce merchants can fully customize the platform to fit their needs.
At CreativeMinds, we’re passionate about all things Magento. We specialize in making Magento extensions which help extend and improve the functionality of your Magento store, and we have a team of dedicated Magento developers who are on hand to help with website development or bespoke Magento projects.
The Role and Responsibility of a Magento Developer
Truth be told, every web developer’s role is different. There’s no one size fits all approach to the job of a developer. Within the world of development, there are different types and categories. The role of a developer in one business might be totally different from one in another.
Having said that, however, we’re going to try our best to breakdown what a Magento developer can do for you, particularly here at CreativeMinds.
Put simply, a Magento developer is someone who builds Magento eCommerce websites. And, after a build is complete, they may be responsible for enhancing and expanding the site too.
In general, Magento developers come in one of two different forms.
Firstly there are Front-end Magento Developers – these clever people build themes and templates to make the front-facing side of a website look and perform its best. They’re responsible for developing the usability on the front-end, and ensuring your website is responsive on all devices.
Then there are Back-end Magento Developers. These wizards make extensions and create code that enhances the features of your Magento site. As the name suggests, they were on developing the back-end of Magento to make sure all features work as they should.
What to Look for in a Magento Developer
Despite their differing roles, there are some skills that all Magento developers should have in common.
When looking for a Magento developer to work on your projects, you should ensure that they have:
- Previous experience in Magento development (with evidence!)
- Experience in PHP and/or MySQL
- Familiarity with eCommerce stores and how they operate
For more info on the skills and qualities to look for in a web developer, check out our blog on 10 essential questions to ask before hiring a web developer.
Why You Should Hire a Magento Developer
When it comes to building your website, there are two routes you can take.
The first is that you go it alone, putting the time and effort into learning the ropes of web development and eCommerce management.
The second is you hire a reputable Magento developer to work alongside you as you craft your project together.
Both are perfectly feasible options – but hiring a developer will always be our recommendation (and not just because it’s our day job!).
When you work with a professional developer you get a partner or team, that will give you the support you need. Building a website can be a tricky job, so you need someone who truly knows what they’re doing to guide you through the process and help you make the best decisions that will see your website survive and thrive in a crowded market.
Magento is known for being one of the more complicated eCommerce platforms out there. It’s not a straightforward website builder, it does require some technical knowledge to get right. Hiring a developer takes this work and worry off your plate – so you have more time to focus on other areas of your business.
At CreativeMinds our developers are a friendly bunch who will be happy to work with you on any number of projects – whether it’s building your site from scratch, creating a bespoke extension, or help to install one of our existing extensions. No project is too big or too small.
There You Have It!
We hope this blog has given you more of an insight into what a Magento developer does and what they can do for you and your business.
Hiring a Magento developer has so many benefits – from saving you time and money to building a lasting relationship with a Magento expert.