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by Jack Bremer
Do you just launch a website, only to find out that things go wrong once it’s live? Ever wished that when you press “go” on a project you knew that it was completely up to date with only future updates to worry about? If so, you need to get your preflight checks in order, and these include everything from SEO to security, link checking to launch date suitability.
We will talk to you (and with you - we know we haven’t got all the answers!) about how we manage a project through to completion and beyond (the tools, tricks and shortcuts), how we put our ducks in a row ready for launch, and how you ensure the site performs in the search engines and remains secure from hackers.
If you don’t look after this stuff for your clients, no-one will!
by Jisse Reitsma
Last year we had the opportunity to show you MageBridge - an amazing technology which allows to integrate Magento within Joomla. At that time, the bridge was fully functional, Magento was integrated visually in the Joomla! frontend and tons of nice add-ons in the Joomla! backend, meant that building a professional Magento webshop was made much easier thanks to Joomla. But what have we been doing since?
MageBridge has seen some major changes in architecture: It shifted from a XML-RPC API to a JSON-RPC API (due to the coming of Joomla! 1.6), extra performance tricks were added and we revised the MageBridge API to make it easier for other developers to extend the bridge. But we have also taken up the challenge to convert all Magento Enterprise features to MageBridge as well: No need to spend 12000 dollars on a license, with MageBridge you get it all included with the core (block caching, private sales, enhanced API, etcetera).
But what about this title - next-level e-commerce? We have discovered that the basic functionality of putting Magento inside Joomla! is just a tiny feature of building a shop with MageBridge. Besides the MageBridge technology that we love so much, there are huge marketing benefits to gain when combining Magento and Joomla!. Of course you add mandatory elements (FAQ, agreements, RMA-forms) to your site much more easily, but MageBridge also adds so-called connectors that allow for neat tricks, like adding payment methods to popular tools like DOCman, RSEvents or newsletter-extensions.
by Paul Delbar
6th–8th May 2011