Best Practices for Magento Front End Development

Magento is no doubt the best platform for the development of online shopping website and has everything that is needed to make a website successful and increase sales. However, only platform cannot help in developing user friendly or attractive websites. It is the developer or designer who has to utilize the features and deliver the product.
In this post we will discuss about the best practices that should be followed by Magento front end developer to get the best design.

Understanding the conventions and structures is very important for any developer to utilize the feature efficiently. It is vital to know about modules and use of XML page layouts before jumping to HTML / PHP coding or else the end result can be a disaster.

Customization is very good concept and very important to impress the client, but never do it from the start as there will be many occasions where complete customization is not needed and you will have time limitations. If you have ample of time and the requirement demands complete customizations then only go for it.

Magento front end development involves more of CSS and JavaScript, so it is advisable that you use tools that help in parsing or rectifying mistakes easily like Firebug.

Naming of the blocks should be followed in a professional way or else finding relevant .phtml files would consume more time. If you are comfortable with using template path then it would be wonderful.

If you are planning to customize a template then you need to plan it correctly from top to bottom like you should first think about structure and layouts and once this pat is finished then only touch the content part for the refinement.

To make websites more attractive and useful you can always use slideshows or shadowbox, which has become very famous among Magento UI design companies and these options are really good for the website. However, you need to ensure about the compatibility of the codes with framework. There are many third party tools and scripts that do not work properly in Magento platform so you need to check it before implementing.

Always test your changes in different browsers and it is advisable that you check the changes made by you often that help in debugging quicker. If you test after the completion of the segment then it will take more time in finding the bug. While working with Magento you will see different options and features for a particular task and without testing you will never know which one is best for your website.

If you are working in a team then always divide the job and handle separate modules independently or else you will never have the track of modifications done and at the end it may not give the best results.

All the above mentioned practices are drafted by experienced designers to ensure that you don’t make mistakes and don’t get stuck anywhere while designing the front end of Magento website.

Author is an experience Magento developer India and is working as consultant for many website development companies. Author has worked on various complex projects as Magento UI designer India .

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