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Monday, 22 July 2019

How to choose the right resources for your Magento store?

Resources and scope of a Magento eCommerce Project

Make a decisive plan to overcome challenges

Choosing a website development team can be a complex process. But, that shouldn’t be so!

As long as you have a clear goal, business plan, and proper knowledge, you are very unlikely to miss the boat, no matter how many trade-offs there are between the business expectations and budget and the cost for development services.

Where should you focus primarily while looking for the right resources for your store on Magento?

Your focus should be fixed on finding out the right team, for the right type of project to be delivered at the right time. There are many individuals and corporate companies that tend to make the wrong choice for a Development Partner for their projects based on some misguided and mismatched estimates for vague project scopes and regret later.

To not repeat the same mistakes, ask yourself these following questions.

  1. Is your project involving the development of an all-new website or version upgrade or migration?
  2. Will you use the latest features of Magento?
  3. Why is the process of choosing resources so difficult given millions of them available there?
  4. Why project timelines are often not met?
  5. Why are the same mistakes made repeatedly about choosing resources?

Well, all these questions might naturally crop up in your mind too in the run-up to searching for a suitable development partner for developing your B2B or B2C eCommerce site on the Magento platform. And, we are going to answer all these questions so you can save yourself from making those mistakes.

We’ve learned them over the years and shall share them with you here in this post. If you’re an entrepreneur, read on.

Basic areas of consideration:

By going through this post, you will get to know how to browse through the software development landscape, whether to use modern software platform, proper ways for framing and scoping a project, whether to hire an offshore/onshore development team and how to sign up with a software development company having the right resources.

Choosing right solutions for magento ecommerce store

Regardless of your business size or types, there are multiple eCommerce solutions available to you. That you have decided to build your business website on Magento proves your firm intention to stand out in your business niche.

Determine your business goal

Having specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely (SMART) business goals can help your business grow, achieve objectives, improve teamwork and collaboration and help everyone understand the direction your business is heading in. As a business person, your first duty will be to take the time to set well-defined business goals. Your business goal has to be a part of your business plan and will likely become your business objective.

Research business niche and expertise requisites

Brainstorm resource requirements specific to your business product or service. Outline the business objectives and plan accordingly, so you can look for resources who do the type of work you need. Then, put them forward to your chosen software development partner.

Define the scope of the project

Project scope is the first step in setting your project goals and objectives. Without it, no matter how effective, how efficient and how hard you may work, you are unlikely to pull off the process and get a website to your expectations, especially when you want your webstore to be built or upgraded onto the latest version of Magento platform. Framing and scoping a website development project should include considerations like whether you should get your business website on modern software, budgeting, and probable cost.

Steps of hiring resources

Get familiar with software development service models

The software development landscape features a variety of service models. Each model can be a fit depending on project requirements, budget and software among others. The right selection of a model will have a huge impact on the delivery and quality of the project.

Check out standard software development service models below:
  • Offshore model
  • Onshore model
  • Nearshore model
  • Hybrid model

Offshore software development model refers to services delivered by resources outside your country. An offshore software development service partner costs much less than an onshore service partner. But, that partner will require detailed project documentation and regular communication over mail/skype/phone. In-person interaction in this service model rarely happens. In fact, it doesn’t need too, if you can contract with a reputed software development service company and provide them a well-documented project work.

The offshore model has a good reputation for lower service costs and higher development quality. If you ask who should choose this service model, we would suggest it’d be a good choice, especially for those companies with a tight budget, but at the same time looking for a software development team with practical project management experience and customer service. For more insights about hiring an offshore Magento development team, click here.

The onshore model refers to development services provided by resources inside your company. This model costs much higher and provides quality services in a tight timeline. This model allows for ownership and control of your project without having to commit your own project resources. Who should use this model? It is especially a good choice for large companies with a huge budget! Click here to know what more you can get out of partnering with an onshore software development team.

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The hybrid software development model refers to those services which are completed in a joint venture approach combining services of an onshore partner and an offshore partner. Who should use this model? It is recommended for those businesses which already have a product manager statewide and require development resources for extra help.

The nearshore model refers to a development service approach where services are provided by resources in the same country as you. It is known for the higher cost, higher quality, and higher hands-on customer service. Recommended for those clients who require dedicated project manager, account manager and face-to-face regular communication with the software team.

Go over the company landscape

After setting goal, fixing budget, scoping the project and getting familiar with different models, now is the time for you to go over company landscape to find and select a potential partner. How will you select a partner? This job can be a bit hard if you factor in all options.

Here, one thing needs to be clear that there is no one factor that can help you uncover/select the best software development partner for your service requirements. What are those essential factors that you must take into account?

  • Get a quote from 2/3 companies
  • Evaluate quote proposal

In addition, you should check how comfortably they can communicate with you, including email/skype/phone communication. Secondly, verify how well those companies’ tech stack or specialty and evaluate the team. It is especially necessary when you want to choose the right resources for the Magento store. Thirdly, check portfolio to ensure if they have relevant work experience and expertise in store development from scratch, providing services for migration and upgradation to the latest version of Magento.

Select, negotiate and contract with a company.

As you choose a company that has the right resources for developing a Magento store, you have to sign in a contract or a set of contracts with the company. Check out the probable contracts you are going to sign in. Those include: Confidentiality Contract/Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA), Masters Services Agreement (MSA), and Statement of Work (SW). These contracts are proofs of mutually agreed upon company’s services, cost, timeline, resources and commitment against your (client) payment.

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Choose an engagement model that suits your goal and budget

Based on project scopes, development resources need to be engaged. It will save you costs and headache. So, proper engagement of resources in symmetry with project scope is equally important to ensure the success of the project and overcome various obstacles encountered during the development process. Get an overview of two main engagement models in the diagram below.

Engagement Model

From the diagram, it is clearly understood that one is for large projects and the other is for small projects. Model-specific benefits are also outlined in it. Click here to get to know more benefits of these engagement models for Magento development solutions.


To choose and hire the right resources for a Magento store calls for a well-defined plan. We’ve discussed most of them here. Hopefully, you will now be able to find the right resources to develop your Magento store. By the way, scanning through the company case studies will be a sure help for you. The higher the number of projects completed successfully not only on Magento but also on other eCommerce platforms like nopCommerce, CS-Cart, or OpenCart platform, the more reliable that company will be for hire.

We would suggest you take an overview of the services provided by the team of Magento experts at Citytech.

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

How to deliver Projects smoothly?

Deliver Software Development Projects Successfully

A great project starts with a great vision

Like any other complex project, a project for developing software also involves a lot of planning, preparation, and allocation of tasks to the team members. Once all of these jobs are done properly, a project can be delivered successfully.

Are you curious to know how to do it and overcome challenges of delivering a project successfully you often face with? No worries! We have a solid execution plan for you with a systematic approach to deliver it. By following some steps, you will be able to manage and carry out a project effectively and deliver it successfully.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

How to choose an eCommerce development company?

eCommerce website development services

Get a future-ready eCommerce store for a competitive edge

If you are planning to build a website for your business, you are unlikely to build it yourself. What then if you are not doing so?

Hiring professionals for customization of an eCommerce website is the only viable option. For it, you need to know how to hire a professional for the service, so you get a website exactly in line with your business requirements, budget and on time.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Is OpenCart the right eCommerce platform to build an online store?

Benefits of OpenCart ecommerce platform

Are you shopping around for a suitable eCommerce platform for your next business website? Not sure which one of these suggested platforms will be right for achieving your business goal? Take a look into the features and benefits of the powerful and easy-to-use OpenCart solution.

You may ask why you should go for OpenCart eCommerce platform when there are numerous other popular options like Magento, nopCommerce, CS-Cart, etc. In order to get answers to these questions, you have to go through this article.

Friday, 17 May 2019

How much does it cost to build an e-Commerce store like Amazon or eBay on Magento?

e-commerce store development

Plan for Growth, Think of Leaders’ Choice!

With over 250, 000 users worldwide, Magento is really miles ahead of several other eCommerce technologies for its extensive number of rich features and customization options.

Despite this fact, the real concern of a Magento customer lies more on the budget for developing a website on this platform than the development team, engagement model, or experience of a development company. They just want to know one thing at the very beginning: What is your service cost for Magento website development?

Friday, 10 May 2019

Why should Laravel be your first-choice to build your next website?

Laravel to build your Business website

Laravel is a clean and classy PHP framework to build modern web applications!


At the moment of this article being written, the latest version of Laravel is 5.8 and the LTS version is 5.5! It seems Laravel is always on rapid evolution mode.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

5 Social Media Marketing Myths Debunked!

Debunking social media marketing myths

Stop believing misleading social media myths immediately

Much of your beliefs about social media marketing is wrong. They are myths. It’s time to crush and debunk them, so that you can run your social media campaign for your business with proper and true knowledge.

#1: Social is for creating New Customers:

Myth - New customer acquisition is the aim of social media campaign.

Truth – Social campaign is run for branding.