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Aric Watson is a full-stack web developer with nearly 20 years of experience, currently working for, a Michigan-based web hosting company that specializes in hosting high-traffic Magento e-commerce websites. Aric works on internal projects as well as several of Nexcess’ open-source Magento extensions. You can find him at various conferences and meetups.


Key Takeaways

  • Do you remember writing code before GitHub, StackOverflow or Google?
  • In the early days of web development, many companies’ websites were online brochures with static HTML.
  • Magento is an e-commerce platform written in PHP and runs on the LAMP stack.
  • It’s similar to WooCommerce, but for larger organizations.
  • Magento has a strong community that supports the platform as well as a lively extension marketplace.
  • It has a heavy footprint, opposed to WordPress & WooCommerce and requires a development team or agency to support an installation.
  • There are many extensions to integrate with 3rd party systems such as Salesforce and OroCRM. The platform is very customizable.
  • 1.x -> 2.0 is a huge upgrade path. You can’t just take an extension built for Magento 1.x and move it into a 2.0 installation and expect it to work.
    • 2.0 supports Composer (critical for PHP) and Varnish.
  • Don’t mess with the core code. Use the community and private code pools.
  • Build a brand new store with 2.0 unless you have requirements for a plugin that isn’t upgraded yet.
  • Nexcess provides a high level of for Magento users where you can talk to real humans.
    • They have their own datacenters and are PCI compliant.
    • Nexcess’ Magento servers are bare-metal installations as opposed to virtualized for speed gains.
  • Don’t be quick to judge old code that you didn’t write. You don’t know the environment.


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