As eCommerce platforms go, Magento isn’t challenging to get to grips with, but there is a learning curve. In this article, I’ve collected some of the best Magento educational resources. Each of them has helped me in the past, so hopefully you’ll find them useful too.
If you are looking for an in-depth introduction to building and managing a Magento eCommerce store, Magento U should be your first port of call. Magento U was created by the folks behind Magento, and it offers top-class training from some of the most experienced Magento experts in the world.
Magento U has courses to suit almost every role in the eCommerce industry, including retailers, designers, developers, and marketers. Courses take a variety of forms, from traditional class-based teaching and online training from a certified Magento professional to on-demand instructional resources. Magento U is also the best way to gain official Magento certifications.
If you’ve tried Magento U before and found it wasn’t your cup of tea, you might want to take another look. The experience recently underwent a significant redesign, with a simplified user interface, improved course tracking, and more reliable media streaming.
If you prefer to learn at your own pace from books, there are plenty to choose from. I’m going to highlight a couple of the Magento-focused books that I have found particularly valuable.
Learning Magento 2 Administration is a comprehensive guide to running a Magento store that covers everything from product creation to search engine optimization in an easy-to-digest style. If you’re new to Magento (and to eCommerce) this is the book for you.
For those who want to dig deep into Magento’s code and learn how to build custom Magento sites and extend Magento’s core functionality, the Magento 2 Developer’s Guide is a great place to start. It covers the basics, before moving on to more complex topics, including back-end and front-end modification and data persistence.
MageStore offers a series of Magento tutorials that focus on the practicalities of managing a busy Magento store. Written by experts who know what they’re talking about, the range of topics reflects issues that will arise for many new eCommerce merchants. Among my favorites are Automating Your eCommerce Store To Save Time And Money and How To Create A Magento 2 Widget.
Stack Exchange is an essential resource for anyone who uses Magento. Stack Exchange is a question-and-answer site, but unlike many such sites, Stack Exchange has excellent moderation and high standards. If you have a question to ask about Magento, the chances are that someone on the Magento Stack Exchange has a detailed answer.
Before you post your own question on Stack Exchange, I’d encourage you to use Google and the Stack Exchange search to find out if anyone has asked the same question already.
The Magento Developer’s Cookbook
The Magento Developer’s Cookbook from Firebear Studi is one of my favorite sources of practical solutions to Magento development problems. It’s not a tutorial, but a collection of code snippets that solve problems many developers and Magento users encounter. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to add a particular bit of functionality to a Magento theme or extension, take a look at the recipes in the Magento Developer’s Cookbook.