Registrations are filling up fast so don’t delay and secure your spot at Magento’s premier eCommerce conference. We have had an overwhelming response since registration opened on Tuesday at 12:00pm PT and expect to sell out of the discounted early bird tickets by the end of the weekend! Register now before the first $100 price increase goes into effect. Still trying to decide if you should attend the 2013 Imagine eCommerce Conference?
Here’s a quick reminder of some of the many reasons to join us:
If You Miss Out on Early Bird Pricing, There is Always the Imagine Challenge!
Every year we offer an opportunity for Magento community members to win a trip to Imagine! Magento enthusiasts can enter the contest by showing off how they are leveraging Magento to create a unique site design, promotion or customization. To view the official rules and enter for your chance to win the grand prize, visit the Imagine Challenge site.
We hope to see you there!
Registration for the 2013 Magento Imagine eCommerce Conference is officially OPEN! Join more than 1500 attendees from 35+ countries to explore The Art of Commerce. If you were with us last year, you know this is an event not to be missed! We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event which is taking place April 8th – 10th at the M Resort in Las Vegas.
Tickets are expected to sell out fast
What’s new for Imagine 2013?
M Resort, Spa and Casino – Rooms available only through registration
What are you waiting for?
Reminder – Call for Speaker Papers
For all the updates on Imagine 2013, follow us on Twitter @MagentoImagine and tweet with hashtag #MagentoImagine.
- The Magento Team
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The eBay Inc. booth was filled with excitement as NRF’s Retail’s Big Show kicked off earlier today. With four eBay companies, including Magento, PayPal, GSI, and eBay Local, in the same booth, it has become a hub for merchants, partners, and prospects to gather to learn about how each company can help grow and strengthen their businesses.
Each company not only has their own kiosk where attendees can learn more about their products and watch demos, but they also have their products displayed and features highlighted through various vignettes within the booth. Magento is highlighted in the Sports vignette, where we are powering the website displayed. There is also a Fashion vignette and a Living Room Vignettes that the attendees had the chance to explore and see the features of GSI, PayPal, and eBay Local.
Are You at NRF?
Stop by our booth this evening, January 14th, for a Magneto-sponsored cocktail reception from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This is your chance to hang out with our team and learn more about Magento! Drinks are limited, but you can guarantee your spot by visiting our booth and picking up your drink ticket.
Additionally, don’t forget to enter the Magento Giveaways! Stop by our booth any time throughout the show to learn about how you can enter to win a brand new iPad mini or a free seat to Magento U’s newest training course! Both giveaways will end at 5:30 pm on January 15th.
For live booth updates, follow @Magento on Twitter, or come visit us and the rest of the eBay family at Booth 265!
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Once again Netresearch is bringing Developers Paradise to the Magento community and this time, they are headed to the beautiful and snowy mountains of Kaprun, Austria from March 19th to 22nd. The winter edition is designed to be more intimate with 50 …
Magento is heading to NYC from January 14th-15th for NRF’s Retail’s Big Show! We will be there in full force, alongside the rest of the eBay family, including GSI, PayPal, and eBay Local. Each business will not only have its own kiosk where you can meet their team members, but will have their products displayed through various vignettes within the booth. Magento will be highlighted in the Sports vignette, where we will be powering the website displayed. Additionally, there will be a Fashion vignette and a Living Room vignette, which will highlight the features of GSI, eBay Local, and PayPal.
This is your chance to meet with team members from all four eCommerce leaders, see firsthand each of the products capabilities, and discuss how we can help drive your future success.
Stop by and visit us at Booth 265!
Visit Our Booth, Grab a Drink, and Win Big!
Finish off the first day at NRF right, and join us in our booth for a cocktail reception! Drinks will be limited, so stop by our booth anytime during day on Monday, January 14th, to get your drink ticket. The reception will be at our booth on January 14th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This is the perfect time to meet with our team and find out more about Magento!
Additionally, we will be giving away a free seat to Magento’s newest training course, Managing Your Magento Store, as well as a brand new iPad mini at our booth!
Stop by anytime throughout the show to speak with our team and enter for your chance to win! Both giveaways will end at 5:00 pm on January 15th.
We’ll see in the Big Apple!
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Magento U expanded its reach in 2012, offering classes in Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, and Sydney. We also launched our Online Instructor-Led training program so that students from all over the world could benefit from live instruction, group interaction, and all Magento U has to offer.
Here is what our instructors had to say about Magento U classes in 2012:
“In 2012 instructing Magento U trainings has been a big treat and adventure. Seeing so many motivated, bright, and fun developers working on Magento projects makes me proud to be part of it. I’m very excited about what will happen in 2013 and the years to come!” – Vinai Kopp
“For 2013 I’m looking forward to new & advanced course offerings, and of course to meet more and more developers as we help increase the level of knowledge in the developer community. After training literally hundreds of developers in person, 2012 has continued to prove to me how much I enjoy what I do and how much I enjoy helping others become better Magento developers.” – Ben Marks
“It has been exciting to watch Magento U grow from our first summer series in 2010… and I’m very excited to be a part of Magento U as we face the new challenges of commerce in 2013.” – Karen Kilroy
“My favorite part of MagentoU is when my students ask questions that are unexpected, difficult or unusual. It allows me to take the course beyond the script which enhances it for everyone. The unexpected adds a little spice. And being from Texas, spicy is good.” – Kevin Schroder
Thanks to all of our students and instructors for making Magento U a great place to learn and grow. We have classes in new locations planned for 2013, and are continuing to expand the Magento U curriculum!
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Magento has limited number of speaking slots open for both technical and business track presentations at our upcoming Imagine eCommerce Conference. This is a unique opportunity for influential individuals to present innovative developments and ground breaking approaches via case study or Magento success stories to more than 1,500 eCommerce leaders from the global ecosystem.
Our premiere worldwide conference brings together merchants, partners, and developers in a highly interactive, engaging and exciting environment. We are looking for great speakers who have relevant and compelling topics to speak on and to match various audience segments. Below are a few ideas on topic areas:
Business, Merchandising and Marketing Track Topics:
Development & Technology Track Topics:
Speaking spots are limited and priority will go to early submissions, so apply ASAP here. Final submission closes Tuesday, January 15th.
We look forward to your proposal!
BoostMyShop is a Magento Silver Industry Partner for the second consecutive year.
Founded in 2009, the French based company solidifies its standing on the cutting edge of Magento extensions, zeroing in on the logistical solutions for stock managemen…
I had the opportunity to teach Magento U’s Fundamentals of Magento Development in Amsterdam. The course started on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m., with everybody a bit excited and uncertain about what to expect over the next five days. After a round of introductions it became apparent that the developers with whom we were to spend our week were a really nice group.
We started the class by covering some basic ground to make sure we were all on the same page. Then we dove right into learning about the Magento configuration sub-system, how it’s built, and how developers should use it for maximum effect.
From there, we started learning about Magento developer tools, Factory Methods, and Class Rewrites and Event Observers. We covered not just how to use them, but how each works. This included reviewing core code—something every Magento developer should be comfortable doing. Each theoretical lesson was followed by practical exercises to integrate what we had learned so that it would become part of our regular skill set. The students asked a lot of excellent questions, and spirits where high.
We spent the second day covering the main steps of the Magento request flow, which included creating and rewriting Action Controllers. During one of the breaks a student started implementing a custom router, which was a topic we had just covered in class. It was personally gratifying to me to see a student apply what he had just learned in class to a real-world task. It showed that the material we were covering was valuable, and that the time students were investing in learning the material was well spent.
On Day Three, we focused on the design sub-system, covering Design Fall-Back, best practices for implementing themes, and modifying XML layouts. The practical exercises soon had everybody feeling at home with these elements of Magento. Then we started learning about the Magento ORM and working with the database, which took us into Day Four.
We covered the basics of ORM, including setup resources, classes, and scripts, and then Magento EAV models. Besides covering EAV theory, we focused on real-world concerns, such as what it’s good at, where to watch out, and how to use it in daily situations. Attribute backend, source, and front-end models were covered at depth.
We spent the final day of the course working with the Magento admin panel, starting with the ACL, system configuration, grid and form widgets, and finally, third-party extensions.
A question that was asked several times was whether completing the Fundamentals of Magento Development course gave you enough knowledge and experience to pass the Magento Certified Developer exam. My opinion is that the course can give you valuable training to become a better Magento developer, which in turn can help you get the experience you need to earn your certification.
The best thing to do after the 5 days is to practice and gain more experience, though that part will be much easier and quicker than without the training. A thing I say in almost every training is: “The first three times you do something are the hardest, but you get to do the first one or two times during the training where you can get help if you need it.”
After many years of web-development, Vinai Kopp started developing Magento modules as part of the community since March 2008. He joined Magento Inc. in October 2011 as a manager of developer education. He also serves as a Magento certification board member and is a known speaker as a technical subject matter expert on Magento. Vinai has co-authored of the German Magento Developer Handbook published by O’reilly. He enjoys getting to know developers and projects. In his spare time he likes travelling, spending time with his wife and his two children, and running.
On November 13th, Magento, once again, took London by storm with the first-ever MagentoLive, held at the Etc. Venues St. Paul. The one-day conference gathered over 500 industry experts, merchants, developers, Magento partners, and community members together to discuss Magento!
Innovation Fuels MagentoLive
Roy Rubin kicked off the event with an opening keynote, where he talked about Magento being not only a technology leader, but an innovation leader. His presentation added to the energy and excitement to the event, which was felt throughout the remainder of the day. John Lunn, EMEA Director of Innovation, PayPal, took to the stage after Roy, where he discussed the future of online and offline payment solutions.
In addition to the keynotes, attendees had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions focusing on a variety of topics, including scaling Magento for their needs, creating dynamic customizations, increasing conversion rates, customer loyalty, and much more. The sessions gave the attendees a deeper look into the innovation surrounding Magento.
Outside of the presentations, the attendees had the chance to meet and mingle with over 25 sponsors exhibiting products and services, as well as with other International attendees from over 20 countries. There was a constant buzz amongst the attendees as they shared their own Magento tips and experiences, and as they looked forward to the legendary After Party—a Magento tradition–held at the local Amber Bar.
If you missed any speaker presentations, be sure to watch them on the MagentoLive UK site.
Thank You for the Success
We would like to thank all of the MagentoLive attendees for making our first event such a success! The energy before, during, and after the event was unforgettable, and we have you to thank.
Additionally, we would like to thank all of our sponsors for your continued support of the Magento ecosystem, which made MagentoLive UK possible!
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Skrill is a Magento Silver Industry Partner and offers payment solutions to fit the needs of all sizes of shops. There are 2 payment solution options available from Skrill on Magento.
For merchants processing over €50,000 per month, Quick Checkout Enterprise (QCE) offers a one-stop-solution for all domestic and international payment processing.
QCE is a white-label payment processing solution, for global businesses that require best-in-class platform functionality, customisation and a reporting/analytics interface. QCE is connected to multiple card acquirers throughout Europe and offers a full suite of local payment options, as well as mail order/telephone order (MOTO) payments.
Popular features include:
For those processing under €50,000 per month, the ideal solution is Quick Checkout (QC) which enables merchants to be up and running within 72 hours, through a single integration and contract. This customisable and flexible PCI certified solution allows seamless direct payment processing.
Contact Skrill for more information: Magento@skrill.com
We asked you to tell us why you want to become a Magento Certified Developer, and you amazed us with your enthusiastic responses. Hence, we have decided to increase the number of winners from three to ten! Following are the randomly selected winners from the large pool of eligible tweets (handles are partially hidden). Drumroll please…
Congratulations to all the winners! We will send your certification exam voucher numbers directly to you via twitter.
Once you receive your voucher, to redeem it:
Exams must be scheduled and taken at your nearest Prometric testing center before the end of the 2012 calendar year.
Become a Magento Certified developer and join the elite community of Magento’s best developers!
We are about to usher in 2013 and with it comes the Imagine eCommerce Conference! The hottest eCommerce event of the year is slated for April 8-10 at the M Resort, Spa and Casino in Las Vegas.
Seem far off? It will be here before you know it and registration even sooner. Registration opens up on Tuesday, January 15 at noon PST, and our limited supply of early bird tickets for $895 will sell out fast.
Mark your calendar now! If you have attended our past sold-out conferences, you know what an amazing three days it is, networking with over a thousand Magento merchants, partners and developers from around the world. If you have not attended in the past, then you definitely don’t want to miss out on what will be our biggest and best event yet.
We will email you the registration link in a few weeks but, in the meantime, watch this blog for more information or check out ImagineeCommerce.com. If you are interested in speaking or sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website.
The conference started with an interesting keynote from Yoav Kutner. In his presentation, “Magento: A Journey Down the Open Road,” Yoav gave an overview about the development of Magento from the beginning and spoke about the challenges of founding a business. This session was followed by Sergey Shymko, a Magento core developer, who gave an update on Magento 2 development. There were a total of 14 sessions that covered a wide range of topics, like payment, social media, Magento extensions, development and online persuasion.
The attendees had the opportunity to network throughout event during the session break and at the famous After Show Party after the conference wrapped up.
Meet Magento Brazil received an amazing response from local community members with 95% of the attendees planning to attend the next one in 2013.
We started the Magento Developer Certification program to give merchants a tangible way to identify a developer’s skill set when they are hiring, and give developers a way to validate their expertise and differentiate themselves from the competition. …
The destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy has left many families, communities and businesses on the East Coast struggling to rebuild their homes and neighborhoods in the midst of the busy holiday season for families and businesses. As part of our ongoing commitment to our valued merchants, customers and partners, eBay Giving Works and PayPal have committed to financial donations. With so many impacted by Sandy, the Magento team also wanted to do our part to help with the rebuilding effort.
Magento territory sales manager Chris Simmons, a NJ native, wanted to help his fellow New Jersey Tech Meetup members around their healhoboken.org initiative by working with the Magento team to donate a Magento Enterprise Edition eCommerce platform license. With over 50% of Hoboken flooded by Hurricane Sandy impacting schools, homes and hospitals we couldn’t’ be more honored to lend a hand in supporting fundraising to rebuild Hoboken. In addition to the Magento effort, our integration partner Red Stage Networks has pledged to donate development efforts to help build out the site. Healhoboken.org has raised over $26,000 to date and is over a quarter of the way to their goal of raising $100,000 to donate to the Hoboken Relief Fund. You can do your part in helping the cause by purchasing a t-shirt or hoodie online or making a donation of your choice
As 2012 comes to a close, so do our Fall eCommerce Forums. Magento eCommerce Forums give retailers the opportunity to meet eCommerce experts from our ecosystem in their hometown. Attendees learned how our Solution, Industry, and Hosting Partners work …
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UK developer Tom Robertshaw recently released the latest edition of his quarterly eCommerce survey. The survey looks at all sites in the Alexa 1 Million that are doing eCommerce, then analyzes those sites to identify which platform is being used.
According to the study, once again, Magento topped the field. In fact, the survey found that 23% of all eCommerce sites in the Alexa 1 Million were using Magento – a higher share than any other eCommerce platform. Magento has seen growth in every single edition since the survey began 2 years ago. Robertshaw continues to invest time in improving the survey’s methodology, providing an even clearer picture of which platforms are leading and which are lagging.
Our thanks to Tom Robertshaw for creating this valuable tool. And most of all, we thank all the merchants, developers, partners and community members whose rapid adoption of our platform has taken Magento to the top of the eCommerce world.
Magento Solution Partners have always been serious about being the best Magento developers in the world, but when Magento U introduced the certification program as a way for Magento developers to gain advanced levels of Magento competency and differentiate themselves from the competition, we didn’t anticipate the race for the most certified developers that would follow. The volume of certifications achieved is a real measure of our partners’ aptitude for our platform and the pride they take in their Magento knowledge.
We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the partners who are leading the field…
Magento Solution Partners are design and eCommerce experts, but more importantly, they are Magento specialists. If you are launching your first online store or updating an existing site, look no further than our one of our solutions partners to help you achieve eCommerce excellence.