Spring team building, in the Apuseni mountains


A lovely location, adventure and unforgettable experiences. This is the recipe that we came up with for what we think is the perfect team-building. And we might have got that right looking at the evidence. The first ingredient that we made sure will give flavour to this event was the place where we we were going to get to know each other better and create long-lasting memories. The village of Rimetea is located at the foothills of Trașcău Mountains offering its visitors an incredible view that left us in awe from the first second we approached the area. Starting with the old houses that kept their architecture over the years, up to the mountains that surround it, the village looks […]

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5 Major Advantages Of Using Magento As An eCommerce Platform


Did you know that Magento is the world’s #1 commerce platform? Over 250,000 eCommerce shop owners around the world use this open-source solution to grow, scale, and develop their online businesses. Magento found a way to make it easy for merchants to build and manage their online shopping website. This has led to its massive growth in the last few years. If you don’t know why everyone is so hyped about Magento, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’re going to talk about five major advantages of using the platform. Let’s get started. Customer Oriented Magento got one thing straight: Customer behavior is ever-changing. In order for a business to thrive in a highly competitive market […]

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Over 50 Magento developers attended the Meet Magento Workshop in Cluj-Napoca


We are delighted to say that the Meet Magento Workshop that took place on the 10th of March was a great success, gathering over 50 eager-to-learn participants. Eight hours of training flew by quickly in the presence of Marius Străjeru, one of the most influential Magento mentors in the world. This wasn’t realy a surprise, he’s always fun. We are grateful for the awesome feedback the workshop received. The participants described it as practical and very educative, and they would gladly go through it all over again. And we would to. Oh, and we will (details soon) :) PS: It was really nice to see you all again.

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Mark Your Calendars For Meet Magento Workshop 2017


We are so excited to announce our upcoming Magento workshop, which will be taking place on March 10th, at ACADEMY+PLUS Cluj-Napoca. For this edition, Marius Străjeru is going to be your Magento Master. What’s a Magento Master, you ask? It’s a Magento program developed with the purpose of rewarding and empowering the most active Magento community members. Marius Străjeru has been selected as a Magento Mentor for this year’s program. You can check him and the other ones, out here. He achieved this distinction thanks to the contributions he made for Magento 2 on Github, for moderating and helping the community on Magento StackExchange (where he is #1, by the way), creating the Ultimate Module Creator tool, and lastly thanks to his speaking engagements. […]

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Going Plus (big news)


Since MindMagnet was founded in 2005 we’ve build some great projects and explored the latest and most interesting technologies. We’ve always focused on quality above all, and been passionate about agile projects with beautiful designs and elegant architectures, deployed in the cloud for maximum scalability. Our technology focus was on custom web development and, since 2009, a very strong focus on Magento which we’re passionate advocates for through the Meet Magento Romania conference we’re organizing since 2014. Now, it’s time to raise our game to a new level, so we’re proud to announce our fresh new partnership with PitechPlus, one of the leading agencies in Romania. With a team of over 250 engineers, PitechPlus specialises on web solutions (Symfony2, Drupal, Typo3, […]

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Magento Continuous Development


In a project’s lifetime, the pre-launch is just a very short honeymoon, followed by continuous development. Sometimes tasks are maintenance, and they’re mostly about adding new features and constant improvement TorontoVaporizer is a project that although we haven’t originally development, we took over for continuous development; initial phase was a complete audit which produced a list of invisible but important technical improvements and of course functional improvements. Among the improvements, most notable was a complete revamp of the checkout, using our PrimeCheckout extension, but with a modified one screen flow, and the results are great. Although maintenance is generally unspectacular, TVape’s feedback was great: “We have been working with MindMagnet for about 6 months now and have been very happy […]

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Blugento Expert Partner


Blugento is a Software-as-a-Service solution built by us on Magento Community Edition, with a clear mission to help small businesses start their online shop with zero hassle, on a strong platform they can grow with. Its execution is very close to native Magento, yet it brings some key features that would usually require developer assistance, as well as a perfect localisation for the markets it’s launched in. This is why Blugento is the officially recommended solution by Magento for Small Businesses in Europe. So in over 95% of the cases, Blugento natively does everything that a small business would need from its store, but for larger stores, there are those edge cases which need some custom development on. The power […]

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mCommerce will finally work


There was a strong trend to build mobile apps for eCommerce, but it was my strong opinion that this was something that was worth the effort only for large brands. The reason for this was that users don’t want to install another app on their phone unless they are planning to use it repeatedly, and the reality is that with the exception of a few shops they are not planning to do so (regardless how much stores would like them to). It’s close to impossible to convince a first time user (or perhaps even a returning user) to go into the effort of installing an app. Think about it: how many shops you have installed apps for? (for me, it’s […]

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Project setup … the basics


Every once in a while we get involved into a new project that was handled by small agencies or freelancers and we’re seeing they’re missing the most basic of the good practices in setup and workflow. So I thought it would be a good idea to describe how we’re setting up new projects, however trivial it might seem for seasoned developers. The projects I mentioned are sometimes so unorganised, that they have no version control; so proper setup, coding best practices and documentation are out of the question. I’m going to use the example of a Magento project, but these principles apply to probably any project. Modman & Git Most of the projects we see, don’t use a good Modman […]

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Azure: WordPress on SQL Server


Microsoft Azure is a  cloud hosting solution growing in popularity, and its Platform-as-a-Service approach is very interesting in this Infrastructure-as-a-Service world; since Microsoft is focusing more and more on open source, Azure is becoming a very good option. The advantage of PaaS over IaaS in this case is that you can use the Azure App Services and Service Plans to set up applications running on servers you won’t need to configure or really care about; you’ll configure them to automatically scale up and down as your traffic grows or decreases, and you’ll pay for the resource usage by the minute. Azure is not the least expensive of the cloud hosting providers, but its PaaS approach will definitely make it less expensive […]

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