“Magento DIY. The Complete Guide” is Out Now!

- E-Commerce, Magento tips & tricks

DIY Guide to Magento

During the last few months the Firebear team has been working on a DIY guide to Magento. The book is out now and you can purchase it for $30. “Magento DIY. The Complete Guide” explains all important nuances related to the most popular ecommerce platform and illustrates vital improvements necessary for turning your website into a robust online store. The book consists of 5 chapters: Setup; Sales Generation; Growth; Enterprise; and Custom Magento DevelopmentContinue Reading

The Most Popular Packages for Bower and NPM

- Fire development

The best Bower and NPM packages

We’ve recently described the best JavaScript package managers, and this blog post is its continuation. Therefore, below you will find the best packages for npm and Bower. Some of them are already mentioned in the previous post, while we’ve also tried to dig something new. If you are not familiar with package managers, let’s start our journey into the world of Bower and npm packages with a short description. Continue Reading

The Best Online IDE for In-Browser Development

- Fire development

in-browser web development with cloud IDEs

During past years, web development has been constantly moving into the cloud. This tendency brought a lot of new tools and platforms as well as simplified the creation of web apps. The only thing that a modern web developer needs is a browser – a thin client that allows to get an access to a variety of cloud applications and services. At the same time, it is also a source of different learning materials: books, videos, tutorials, online classes, etc. Continue Reading

The Best Magento 2 Presentations

- Magento 2

Magento 2 in slides

SlideShare is the biggest source of worthy presentations. There, you can find tons of useful materials covering various topics, including Magento 2. The new version of the ecommerce platform is quickly rising in popularity, so there are enough presentations for creating this blog post. Continue Reading

Magento 2 vs WooCommerce

- E-Commerce, Magento 2

WooCommerce vs Magento 2

Recently, we’ve compared Magento 2 with Shopify, and now it’s time to see how the platform differs from WooCommerce. Unlike Shopify, WooCommerce is an open source ecommerce solution, so it should have more common with Magento 2 features. When it comes to choosing a right   online retail platform there are lots of nuances to think about, therefore we’ve tried to cover major differences between Magento 2 and WooCommerce.

The Ultimate Magento 2 Guide

Magento 2 vs posts

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How to Configure Varnish for Magento 2

- Magento 2

Magento 2 Varnish Guide

Benchmarks show that Magento 2 is much faster than the 1.X version of the platform, but you can improve its performance with the aid of Varnish. Being an HTTP accelerator, it is often used with heavily consumed APIs and content-heavy dynamic websites. Unlike other similar solutions, Varnish is focused exclusively on HTTP. About 10% of the Top 10K websites rely on this accelerator. The most prominent Varnish users are The New York Times, Wikipedia, Vimeo, Facebook, and Twitter. Since the performance of these websites might be a great reason to use Varnish with Magento 2, we’d like to shed light on its configuration within the platform, but let’s start with the nature of the accelerator. Continue Reading

The Best JavaScript Package Managers

- Fire development

Package Managers for JavaScript

The appearance of package managers entirely changed JavaScript routine processes, since they’ve solved a set of problems and simplified the use of the language. First of all, JavaScript package managers introduced a new reliable approach to third-party software. That’s why you only need to know how a certain tool works instead of learning the algorithm of the installation process, or how the software is built, compiled, and integrates with the system. Besides, you get a dependency management solution with every JavaScript package manager. The software knows the requirements of every package, so it automatically installs all the necessary components in order to satisfy the tree of dependencies.    Continue Reading

Advanced Development with RequireJS (+ Magento 2 Tutorial)

- Fire development, Magento 2

How to set up RequireJS with Magento 2

Below, I shed light on such useful technology as RequireJS and compare it with the closest competitors. Since here on the Firebear blog we are passionate about Magento 2,  I also explain how to configure and adjust RequireJS with the second version of the ecommerce platform. The article itself combines real world coding experience, notes from the official documentation, code snippets, and materials from reliable sources. You will find a complete resource list in the end of this blog post. Continue Reading

The Best Node.js Ecommerce Platforms

- E-Commerce, Node.js

Ecommerce with Node.js

Since Node.js is an extremely powerful tool, it is widely used by developers around the world. Moreover, the environment is utilized within various spheres, including content management and ecommerce . Recently, I’ve covered all major Node.js CMSs, so now I’d like to draw your attention to some reliable ecommerce solutions based on Node.js. You can find all Firebear’s articles about the development environment listed here: The Ultimate Guide to Node.js. If you are looking for a robust ecommerce platform that offers Node-specific features, check the following article. Continue Reading