The best way to learn Magento is through self education.
While popular scientists like Issac Asimov and Ray Bradbury went on to say that libraries are the best ways to learn the ways of the world, web communities have made it far more easy to dig up required information without wasting our precious time.
So when it comes to tackling problems caused by Magento, the World Wide Web can help you find quick solutions to the most common problems faced by Magento users. Here we have we have handpicked some of the best places where you can quickly fix your problems and get on with your life without dwelling on the troubles Magento may have caused.
We spent considerable time (read 3 months) sourcing best Magento forums and communities, which are not only friendly and open to provide help, but guide you and assist you to develop communities to continue and maintain interaction with people from around the world and which can further help in future as well, because in the end, human is a social animal, right? So let’s begin!
Magento is not all that easy!
We can say that it has an extra layer of complexity to compensate for its extreme flexibility and adaptability. The programmers wanted their platform to be like that which is why Magento is complex. And it is one of the reasons why it’s one of the best eCommerce platforms in the world.
But, from setting up a storefront using Magento, to multiple processes which only technical experts can weather their way through, several users would say aye to how complicated and confusing the Magneto can be. But then the results, however, are more than worth it.
Regardless, Magento’s intricate nature means that it’s incredibly easy to mess something up if you don’t know what you’re doing. Getting help for your Magento issues isn’t always easy as the documentation can be quite confusing. That’s why we joined a number of Magento forums, groups and communities and decided to list the most active and helpful ones here.
The communities are categorized in 4 groups:
Even in 2016, Forums and message boards are still one of, if not the most popular jaunt to ask and answer questions about brands and products. Naturally, this is the first place I went to for some Magento answers.
Here are the 4 forums that exceeded our expectations. Here you have the option of creating your own account, and subscribe, all this knowledge is free of cost.
It’s an official support channel for Magento Community edition watched over by the very same people that update Magento core. Updated frequently with thousands of posts and with different topics to choose from, this should be your first pit stop which should be able to solve most of your queries.
Magento Expert Forum
Called an expert forum here you can find ways to improve your Magento experience posted by several users. Though the dashboard is a little crowded, you can easily search your queries and go to FAQ to get acquainted with the dashboard. All posts are updated frequently.
Here you also have a super looking dashboard with multiple users updating the content 24 hours a day. You can create your own account, search by latest activities and get the option of reading blogs and articles by the best in the industry.
There’s a reason why Reddit is so popular with the nerdy slice of the world’s population. It’s an incredible source of information on pretty much every field of human knowledge. You can browse through the many sub-reddits in philosophy, languages, coding, molecular gastronomy or whatever makes your mind hungry.
Magento is no exception. There are a number of sub-reddits that revolve around magento news, but the most active one is this subreddit. Members of this sub-reddit span across the globe. Quite a few popular magento service providers also have presence here, so you can often get custom deals that cater to your store.
With 2,842 members, this is most conversation focused subreddit, unlike others where members post magento articles that don’t actually help with troubleshooting.
It has fairly strict rules about what you can post and what is considered spam. For example;
A blog where the author paraphrases or copies from the original article/webpage in an attempt to increase his or her own traffic is strictly forbidden.
The primary purpose of each Stack Exchange site is to enable users to post questions and answer them. Users can vote on both answers and questions, and through this process users earn reputation points, a form of gamification. Some of the most influential people in computing industry are members of stack exchange.
Bjarne Stroustrup – a computer scientist most notable for developing the C++ programming language. He joined Stack Overflow in May 2009. Python Guru, Alex Martelli is also a member. Creators of most other languages also chime in from time to time.
Stack Exchange’s killer value is that it’s where people go to solve the problems they’re having at work. This means more often than not, the issues you are having with magento are already documented on this site. This is why Magento stackexchange is one of the first places where I look for solutions.
Quickest way to find a solution on stack exchange is to copy the exact error message and pasting it in search box on the top right corner. If you can’t find a solution, you can create a new question. Make sure to include as much information as possible and steps you have already taken to resolve the issue. Members appreciate when you have done your homework, and it makes the community a better place.
Facebook was just a coding project in Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room. Now, it has become a global business, which is used by more than 1.8 billion users worldwide. You can imagine the number of people there are online, its massive.
Facebook launched groups feature in very early days, and it quickly became one of the most used features. A number of facebook groups now have well over 1 million members and are updated frequently each day.
We searched for Magento groups and joined the ones that had more than 1000 members. Almost all groups were closed and needed a group admin to approve the join request. We watched group activity for 90 days and picked following 3 groups to continue.
Frequently updated, these three handpicked facebook groups are pretty active with queries solved by members almost on daily basis.
They have all the important information shared inform of news, updates and blog articles. Members also get their queries sorted here.
These pages are active and the admins are zealous when it comes to spam, so you can rest assured be certain that your news feed won’t be cluttered with unwanted ads telling you to buy unwanted annoying products.
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Originally posted on December 5, 2016 @ 7:13 pm