The Power of Real Magento Community

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Real Magento Community

The community around 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, it is 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 maximum from the Real Magento Community. We will explain how to do this in the following post.

UPD (11.02.16): How do I get involved in the Magento community?

The Twitter Army

Today, social networks play 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: #realmagento and #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:

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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?

Here at the Firebear team, we have our own list of Real Magento Community members. You can use it or follow the most prominent community members listed below.

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.

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Sherrie Rohde is 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Real Magento Community

Alessandro Ronchi is 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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David Manners is a PHP coder with 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.

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David Manners

Magento DevDocs is one of the official Magento accounts on Twitter. There are only 103 tweets and 357 followers there, but it is not the reason to ignore it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mage Engage is 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.

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James Cowie is a Magento testing advocate. Being a certified Magento developer, he knows what to tell you about the platform. James has 3.5+ tweets, 647 followers and a huge experience in development.

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Allan MacGregor is 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.

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Joshua Warren is a CEO of Creatuity and a 3x Magento certified developer: MCSS, MCD+, and MCFD. Magento and ecommerce are his passions. Joshua has 2.4 thousand followers and almost 10 thousand tweets.

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Max Pronko is 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.

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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.

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Christian Münch stands 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.

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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.

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Phillip Jackson is 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.

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Atwix is 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.

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ask_magento is a community powered Twitter account where you can ask your questions about Magento in 140 characters (or less).

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Firebear Studio – our Twitter account. We already have almost 4 thousand tweets and regularly add a new stuff.

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Marius Strajeru is also passionate about Magento. He already shares his thoughts with 255 followers.

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Keren Adam Aminia is a Magento event lead. She always tells her followers about the latest conferences, certification events, and training sessions.

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Brent W. Peterson is a chief Magento evangelist. He is very active on Twitter: Brent has 3.3+ thousand followers and 18 thousand tweets.

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Piotr Kaminski is 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.

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Fabrizio Branca is an AOE developer and certified Magento specialist. With 2,5 thousand tweets, he already has almost 3 thousand followers.

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Kimberely Thomas has 15 years of experience in programming. She often tweets Magento tips and mobile news. Kimberely has almost 3 thousand followers and more than 6 thousand tweets.

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Dusan Lukic is 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.

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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.

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Rico Neitzel is another key member of the Real Magento Community. You can check his projects on GitHub. There is also a blog in German. Rico has almost two thousand followers and 10+ thousand tweets.

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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).

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Eugene Tulika loves Magento and knows a lot about the second version of the platform. He is not very active on Twitter and GitHub, but we hope that it is only temporary.

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Tanya Soroka is a Magento product manager. She can tell you a lot about Magento, so follow her on Twitter to be aware of all latest news about the platform.

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Magento U course on Twitter is not only a source of information about the course, but it is the new way of understanding Magento. Don’t miss it.

All you need to know about the Real Magento Community

Rouven Rieker is famous for his work on Simple Magento 2 Vagrant Box. We should also mention, that he is Magento certified developer and solution specialist.

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Paul Boisvert is a head of Product Management at Magento Commerce.

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Mark Lavelle is a CEO of Magento Commerce.

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Kalen Jordan is a Magento enthusiast who runs MageMail and co-hosts MageTalk.

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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.

Magento Resource Map

There are hundreds of blogs, websites and other possible resources about Magento in the Internet. Below, you will find the top places related to the platform. We’ve created this Magento Resource Map on the basis of the following works: Magento Resources by Alessandro Ronchi and A list of learning resources & tools for Magento developers by Ben Marks.

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Official resources are at the top of our Magento Resource Map. They always offer reliable and up-to-date information about the platform. If you are new to the community, check them first:

Of course, there are lots of Magento blogs all over the web. Some of them are listed above, other are unique for the following list:

For those who need some educational resources and tutorials, we recommend to check the below links:

In addition, you can pay your attention to Magento podcasts. MageCasts.io is source of rockstar Magento screecasts by James Cowie, Allan MacGregor, and Fabrizio Branca. Mage Engage is a YouTube channel with video where David Manners is interviewing other members of the Real Magento Community. MageTalk is 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. MageUnity also 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.

Editors’ Choice

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.

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The official community forum is a place where you can ask everything about Magento. Besides latest news, all technological nuances, and everything about extensions, you will find help there.

Real Magento Community

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.

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Meet Magento gathers 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 Way shows a list of skills important for every Magento developer. If you are going to use Magento in a right way, check this website.

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MageTest offers a set of TDD and BDD tests for Magento.

Real Magento Community

MageCasts is a source of Magento screencasts. You can find a lot of important materials about the platform on this website.

MageTalk offers all possible podcasts related to Magento.

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MageHero is a kind of social network for Magento developers.

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Magento events calendar shows all the important events from the world of the platform.

Magento videosthe official source of the most important videos from Magento ecosystem.

The aforementioned Twitter list by Firebear.

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.

Rebecca’s Magento Channel – monthly Magento digest.

Mage2Katas – different Magento 2 coding tips and advisces by Vinai Kopp.

Nomad Mage – 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.

Magento 1 Resource List and Magento 2 Resource List – the best resources about the platform divided between two Magento versions.

How do I get involved in the Magento community?

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.