Adobe’s acquisition of Magento was of particular interest to me mainly because it was PHP+MySQL (finally!) that I loved to play around with.

Magento is an open-source e-commerce platform written in PHP. In simpler terms, Magento lets you easily build an eCommerce website – just like you would build a general-purpose website using open-source CMSs such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or – a discussion forum using PHPBB.

We ran hands-on sessions for participants to learn what Magento was and to play around with basic setup and functionalities. The sessions were housefull and the feedbacks were delightful.
One verbal feedback was “you guys ran the session as if you were working with Magento day in and day out”.

Let’s Magento!


Meanwhile, here is what I would suggest for you to get started with Magento.
Magento is FREE to use, as before, and easy to get from magento.com. However, hold on before you think you would straightaway download and hit ‘install’.

  • If you used a Linux web hosting with cPanel and stuff, look for package installers such as Softaculous or Fantastico. They are easy, auto-installation platforms provided to you for free (almost always). And you can try your hands on a variety of scripts and applications.
    My recommendation is to install Magento there and play around. A local setup might be a bit of a headache, based on what I encountered while setting it up in Windows laptops for the participants.
  • Still, if you want it on your machine, try using a packaged version from Bitnami rather than installing it on an AMP stack (such as XAMPP) on your machine. Do keep in mind the installation may still struggle around the need to run Cron (which is a Linux/Unix thing).
    Keep enough local resources for the installation to work.

If you are serious about using Magento for a project. Do look at the whole lot of businesses running on Magento, and try to relate each feature therein to a module (and feel free to review the PHP code underneath).

Finally, with Adobe in the game, I would expect an enhanced set of features and a relatively smoother, bug-free experience for everyone. We may expect versions with additional bells and whistles for enterprises.

Whether you are going to work with Shopify or Salesforce, a bit more e-commerce hands-on will not hurt. So, let’s Magento!