IronPlane’s team of expert Magento consultants, developers, solutions specialists, and UX designers have 12+ years of experience developing, customizing, and supporting Magento sites.
We provide a wide range of Magento development services, such as:
As a specialized eCommerce agency, we’ve worked with dozens of B2B and B2C Magento stores (both retailers and wholesalers) across many industries. This breadth of experience has helped us develop and refine a work process that we apply to all client engagements.
The process is based on three key principles, which permeate everything we do:
In this post, we talk about how our expert Magento developers can help you build and customize your site, improve its performance, and much more. We also show a couple of the Magento projects we’ve completed so you can get a good feel for our process and results.
Our team of Magento experts is specialized in both Adobe Commerce (including Adobe Commerce Cloud) and Magento Open Source. Contact us for a free consultation and site audit to discuss if we’re the right agency partner for your business.
Every engagement with a prospective IronPlane client starts with a free consultation, which has two objectives:
If we determine there’s a fit between your needs and our services, we start a business discovery and code audit process.
At this stage, we offer three different types of audits:
There are two essential outcomes of the code audit and the comprehensive audit:
At the end of the day, IronPlane’s approach ensures your business priorities drive the technology (not the other way around).
After the business discovery and code audit, we move on to project planning and deployment. At this stage, we assign a dedicated Solutions Specialist who:
After this strategic planning is done, we kick off the project. During the engagement, our Magento developers can either work independently or closely with your in-house developers, depending on your preferences.
Now, it’s worth noting that each business we work with has its own unique needs and challenges. That’s why the process we just described paints a general picture of how we approach Magento projects.
The services we provide and the tasks we prioritize are determined by what we find during the code audit and business discovery phase.
To give you a better idea of how this usually plays out, let’s look at a few of our projects in detail.
In this section, we’ll go over three real-life examples of our work that show how our process leads to valuable results from both technical and financial perspectives.
Royal Chain Group is a family-run jewelry wholesaler founded in 1978. They work with many respected retailers across the US and have a focus on beautiful products and exceptional client service.
However, their eCommerce site wasn’t living up to their standards, as it had high bounce rates and a low number of returning visitors. That’s why they decided to adopt Magento 2 and work with IronPlane as their trusted Magento development partner.
Our initial aim was to understand Royal Chain Group’s complex business and current online analytics setup. Based on what we learned, our team began work on a few key tasks. We:
The results from this project were fantastic:
Bosca is a company that sources the highest-quality leather and employs artisan techniques to create beautiful leather goods. Their focus on quality is coupled with a long-standing tradition, with Hugo Bosca starting the company in 1911 and his family still running it today.
While Bosca already had an eCommerce website, it was built on Magento 1, which Adobe would soon stop supporting. They contacted us to migrate their store to Magento 2 and make a handful of additional improvements.
However, there was one key condition — the project had to be completed within six weeks. So our Solutions Specialists worked with Bosca’s team to create a plan that prioritized the right tasks and ensured an on-time launch.
Our development team also used the Colibri foundation to speed up the work. The foundation’s out-of-the-box features helped us massively limit the required development time.
With the plan and foundation in place, we migrated Bosca’s site on time and added:
We also continued to make further improvements to Bosca’s new Magento 2 store after the launch. We offer a special service for this called Magento Support and Optimization.
Here are the results five months after the site went live:
Russell Marine Products (RMP) is a premier fishing technology retailer and a certified distributor of Garmin, Lowrance, Minn Kota, and Humminbird electronics. They pride themselves on helping customers find and use the right products through demonstrations, boat system designs, and installation guides.
Their website was originally built on Volusion — an eCommerce platform that’s more comparable to Shopify or WooCommerce than Magento. However, this platform didn’t support key integrations or have automated order fulfillment capabilities, and their site wasn’t optimized for mobile. RMP’s team decided to migrate to the Magento platform and contacted us for a consultation.
The first task at hand was determining if Magento was the right eCommerce platform for their business requirements. As a partner for both BigCommerce and Magento, we could compare the platforms and find the best long-term solution for RMP.
Once we established Magento as the right choice, our Solutions Specialists designed a personalized migration and implementation plan. This plan involved various tasks like:
This project produced three key results for RMP’s team:
Adobe’s Partner Directory provides a list of Magento development companies verified by Adobe’s team. This is one of the best places to start your research, as you can be sure every agency in the directory is a certified partner and has past experience on the Magento platform.
However, you shouldn’t just hire a developer based on certifications or online ratings, you should also research each agency’s past work and case studies to make sure their experience aligns with your goals and expectations. Some questions to consider include:
Then, once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can schedule consultations with the development agencies you’re interested in. Use this opportunity to gauge each agency’s expertise, transparency, and responsiveness. Consider the following:
It’s also helpful to ask specific questions about their process and what to expect when working with them, such as:
Looking beyond names on a list and digging into past work is the most effective way to find the best Magento developer for your business.
Here’s a list of the most important technical skills that a dedicated Magento developer should have:
Adobe acquired Magento in 2018. Since then, Adobe has split the platform into two offerings:
This has resulted in some confusion with many people referring to either platform simply as Magento. It is important to briefly understand the distinction between the two platforms.
From the very beginning, Magento has been an open-source eCommerce platform. The nature of open-source software means that the source code is open to the public for free and allows for the download, use, modification, and distribution of that code. For these reasons, Magento Open Source is an attractive option for many businesses. However, as with any robust and complex piece of software, it is essential to have a developer or a development team fully versed in the best practices of code development, upgrades, security patches, infrastructure management, and ongoing optimization.
Adobe Commerce is an eCommerce platform offered directly by Adobe. This platform is most often implemented using Adobe’s cloud infrastructure and support. Distinct from Magento Open Source, Adobe Commerce (and Adobe Commerce Cloud) requires paid license fees.
The benefit of choosing the Adobe Commerce platform is that Adobe prioritizes its functional releases and upgrades for that platform first and foremost. For this reason, the latest and greatest core code including performance, security, and functional upgrades will be delivered to Adobe Commerce well before they make it to the Magento Open Source platform.
Our team of certified Magento developers, UX designers, and Solutions Specialists can help you achieve your Magento goals — whether that’s building a new online store or improving your current one with custom pages, a better UX, faster load times, tighter security, and much more.
Schedule a call and free site audit today to see how working with our team can benefit your online business.
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