The community around the Magento platform is vast. It consists of both professionals and enthusiasts, developers and merchants, geeks and sirs. In the beginning, all this mass was scattered and disconnected, but everything has been changed within last years. Magento community is not only huge, but it is also powerful, influential and not indifferent to its members. Today, it’s one of the real benefits of the platform. Don’t stay aside and try to get the maximum from the Real Magento Community. We will explain how to do this in the following post. Also, check the neu initiative – the Magento Association. It is going to organize and optimize processes that take place in the community.
UPD (11.02.16): How do I get involved in the Magento community?
Today, social networksplay very important role in a life of every platform. You can always get the latest news from all possible communities in Google+ or Facebook, but only Twitter shows everything in near real-time. This social media service plays a role of Magento’s live stream: since community members are always active, the most relevant information is on the surface.
There are two ways you can utilize the power of the Real Magento Community. First of all, you should use right hashtags. With this tactics, Twitter feed displays everything related to the community. There are two important hashtags: #realmagentoand #magento2 , #magento. As you might have guessed, the first one shows all the information from the world of Magento platform, while the second hashtag is related to the forthcoming version of Magento. If you don’t want to immerse yourself in this endless flow of information, we recommend you the following solution:
You just have to follow key members of the Real Magento Community. Thus, you will turn your Twitter feed into the source of relevant data from the most reliable sources. The benefit over the aforementioned method is obvious: you don’t need to wade through the streams of data in order to discover the precious tweets with the relevant information. But who are the key members of the Real Magento Community?
Ben Marks is a Magento evangelist and an owner of 4 certifications: Magento Certified Developer Plus, Front End Developer, Solution Specialist, and Developer. He has almost 5 thousand followers and 23+ thousand tweets. Ben knows everything about the platform, so he is a must have Real Magento Community member to follow.
Sherrie Rohdeis a Magento community manager. She is responsible for connecting the community with different resources. However, this doesn’t prevent Sherrie from being a co-producer in #CMGRHangout – a weekly broadcast for community professionals. Besides Magento, she is well versed in ecommerce and lots of other unrelated to the platform topics. Sherrie has more than 65 thousand tweets and 4+ thousand followers.
Alan Kent is a Magento chief architect. He is not so active in social media as previous members of the Real Magento Community, but he deserves the same attention. With 2+ thousand tweets and almost 900 followers, Alan rocks the Twitter with the latest news and valuable ideas.
Max Yekaterynenko is a director of Magento 2 development. Through the Twitter, he often tells about his location. This can be anoying, especially if you are looking for the relevant information about the platform, so we recommend you to check maxyek.wordpress.com first, but you can still follow Max on Twitter.
Vinai Kopp is a Magento expert with the huge coding experience – he is in open source development since 1998. With 12 thousand tweets he has almost 4.5 followers. Vinai shares his vast acquaintance with Magento between all of them, so don’t loose your chance to enhance your Twitter feed with Vinai’s bright ideas and thoughts.
Alan Storm is famous for two things. First of all he is a creator of Commerce Bug – a programmer’s console for turning routine Magento development into a quick and easy process. His second achievement is a “No Frills Magento Layout” book. Alan not only helps coders have less crap days, he also enlightens his followers through Twitter with over 10 thousand tweets. His blog was the best source of information about the Magento at the first years of the platform. His Magento for PHP MVC Developers is still among the best Magento tutorials.
Anton Kril is a Magento 2 architect. Despite this member of the Real Magento Community has only 315 followers and 194 tweets, you can still get the relevant information related to the platform by following him.
Alessandro Ronchiis a lead Magento developer and an author of Magento Best Practices Handbook. He provides a lot of useful advices on Magento development not only through his book, but also with the help of Twitter. Alessandro has only 363 followers and 1.5+ tweets, so you have all chances to be among first members of his local Magento community.
Matthias Zeis is a Magento certified developer at LimeSoda. He enlightens Magento community members through his Twitter since 2009. During these years, Matthias has generated 3,4 thousand tweets and gained audience of 1 thousand users.
Marko Martinović is not only a certified Magento developer, but also a Linux enthusiast with huge experience in coding. He occupies the position of team lead at Inchoo. Marko has a small amount of followers and tweets – 409 and 877 appropriately, but he constantly posts something interesting.
Fooman is a small but well-known team of Magento developers from New Zealand. With only 843 tweets they have almost 2 thousand followers, which is a good sign. To get more information on Magento and extension development follow Fooman on Twitter.
David Mannersis a PHP coderwith a huge experience in Magento development. Being a Magento certified developer and Zend certified engineer, he also hosts a MageEngage podcast about Magento developers. David finds out what members of the Real Magento Community do in their spare time. With 540 followers and 1+ thousand posts, he gradually enlightens the Magento community.
Cyrill Schumacher is another key member of the Real Magento Community. He is an experienced e-commerce developer with lots of successful projects in portfolio. Cyrill has 740 followers and almost 5,5 thousand tweets.
WebShopApps is a team of Magento developers famous for shipping solution ShipperHQ. The company has a huge portfolio of Magento extensions and leads an active life on Twitter with more than 10 thousand tweets and almost 4 thousand followers.
FireGento is an extension development team from Germany. It has a lot of useful solutions for Magento. Note, that they are free. Follow FireGento on Twitter to keep the track of all events related to the company.
Ivan Chepurnyi is one of the top Magento specialists. He changes the way most companies work with the platform. Ivan started working with Magento in 2007, so he knows all the nuances of the platform. With only 1.5 thousand tweets, he has more than 2 thousand followers.
Mage Engageis a source of video interviews with different developers. It has only 147 tweets, 309 followers, and a dedicated YouTube channel. Don’t hesitate to follow Mage Engage – you will get lots of useful information from the key members of the Real Magento Community. On Magenticians, you will find dozens of useful tutorials, reviews, and guides. The website is also represented on Twitter. You can start following it here.
Allan MacGregoris a lead Magento developer specializing in ecommerce websites. He has an incredible portfolio of such projects as CanadaPost and Masterpass. Allan is also an author of Magento PHP Developer’s Guide. He has over 1.5 thousand followers and 5+ thousand tweets.
Max Pronkois another Magento expert. Being a CTO at GiftsDirect.com, he has a reputation of reliable community member. Since only 253 people are following him on Twitter, we strongly recommend you to change the situation.
Alexander Turiak is also among key members of the Real Magento Community. He is a co-founder and CEO of HaxBrain. Alexander is interested in Magento, PHP, and good music. Don’t miss his tweets, as he is a very active member of the community.
Christian Münchstands behind n98-magerun. Being a lead Magento developer, he will tell you a lot about the platform with the help of his Twitter. Christian has almost 700 followers and over 2 thousand tweets.
Anna Völkl is not only a certified Magento developer, she is an active member of the community and a Red Cross volunteer. With 1.1 thousand followers and almost 6 thousand tweets, she will tell you a lot about different technical and creative stuff.
Phillip Jacksonis another active member of Magento community with almost 15 thousand tweets and 2.7 thousand followers. He is a certified Magento developer (MCD, MCD+, MCFED, and MCSS), ecommerce architect at Something Digital, and the author of MageTalk Podcast.
Atwixis a team of specialists in the fields of ecommerce and open source software. The company is among Magento official partners, so you can find a lot of interesting and useful information in its tweets.
Piotr Kaminskiis another active Twitter user. Being a senior product manager at Magento, he has over 2 thousand followers and more than 5 thousand tweets related to Magento, ecommerce, and dozens other topics.
Dusan Lukicis another Magento developer and technology enthusiast. He shares his tweets with relatively small community of just 392 followers, but this doesn’t make him a less important member of the Real Magento Community.
Fabian Blechschmidt is an experienced PHP coder and Magento-enthusiast. He is also an owner of 2 Magento certifications: Developer and Developer Plus. While digging in the Magento code, Fabian always trying to find something interesting. All the discoveries are shared on his blog, GitHub, and Twitter.
Ashley Schroder is famous for two things: Magento Speed Test and MageSend Magento Email extension. Both can significantly change your entire Magento experience. Ashley knows a lot about the platform, and shares his thoughts on different services (check the links below and above).
Kalen Jordan is a Magento enthusiast who runs MageMail and co-hosts MageTalk.
These were the top warriors of the Twitter Army. They are all responsible for making both Magento platform and community better. Of course, there are lots of other developers, contributors and enthusiasts. If you think someone important is missed, let us know in the comments.
In addition, you can pay your attention to Magento podcasts. MageCasts.iois source of rockstar Magento screecasts by James Cowie, Allan MacGregor, and Fabrizio Branca. Mage Engageis a YouTube channel with video where David Manners is interviewing other members of the Real Magento Community. MageTalkis the most popular podcast about Magento by Phillip Jackson and Kalen Jordan.
Forums also play an important role in a life of Magento community. First of all, we recommend you to visit the brand new Magento Forum. Another important resource is MageHero. It’s a place where Magento developers shares tons of useful stuff. If you are looking for more reviews on extensions, then you should visit MageKarma– a place where Magento Modules are reviewed by community. MageUnityalso deserves your attention. It is a community-powered discourse forum related to Magento. Last but not least is Reddit– check Magento subreddit to get more information about the platform.
Due to the lack of time, it is often impossible to monitor all the aforementioned resources, that’s why we’ve created our own list of important Magento sources. It is not so huge as Alessandro’s and Ben’s ones, but it includes only the vital websites. We recommend you to use the following list as an introduction to the platform and your guide through the Real Magento Community.
The official community forumis a place where you can ask everything about Magento. Besides latest news, all technological nuances, and everything about extensions, you will find help there.
Stack Exchange Magento community helps developers resolve problems immediately, as they can ask their questions related to the platform and get the relevant answers as fast as possible.
Meet Magentogathers developers, merchants, and service providers since 2009. All these people participate in discussions. Some of them make business, some become friends. Thus, Meet Magento helps Magento remain the number one ecommerce platform. Conferences are now held worldwide.
The Right Wayshows a list of skills important for every Magento developer. If you are going to use Magento in a right way, check this website.
MageTestoffers a set of TDD and BDD tests for Magento.
MageCastsis a source of Magento screencasts. You can find a lot of important materials about the platform on this website.
MageTalkoffers all possible podcasts related to Magento.
MageHerois a kind of social network for Magento developers.
You may be also interested in a list of #realmagento members on GitHub. The platform is the best place for checking commits and repositories as well as getting recent open source community updates related to the Magento 2 platform, extensions, and tools.
Another vital source of information about Magento 2 is Magento Monday by Sherrie Rohde. It’s a daily digest on the most useful articles related to the platform.
Mage2Katas– different Magento 2 coding tips and advisces by Vinai Kopp.
NomadMage – a virtual platform that gathers Magento developers who understand that they need to keep learning to grow professionally. Participants meet online once a month to hear some of the best speakers in the community and share what they’ve learned.
Now you know where the Real Magento Community dwells. Use the above links to utilize its power. It doesn’t matter if you are a Magento developer or an ecommerce merchant, community is always at your disposal.
If you think that this post lacks some important resources, let us know in the comments.