Comparing UK Magento development to overseas development.

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What is Magento development?

Magento development refers to the tasks completed by specialised developer in an effort to build, maintain, support and audit Magento features, functions and design. Magento is an open platform which means that the files and the ability for the code to be edited is unlimited. There are best practises and guidelines but ultimately anything can be changed, created, invented and connected by a developer.

What is a Magento developer?

A Magento developer is a specialised developer who first understands and can effectively work with the coding languages used to build and change the coding architecture of Magento and has advanced knowledge of the Magento framework and structure from both a technical and a business/users perspective. Adobe, the parent company of Magento, provide certification exams in different areas of Magento development from basic front end developer to master developer and everything in between. Generally, ittakes years of work, study and experience to master each aspect of Magento development to be competent in al areas. For this reason, developers often start with a single focus which is usually split into the following:

Front end developer:

  • Responsible mainly for the look of the store, building store fronts that are both tailored to the clients shopping experience and compliant with UX guidelines. These developers usually follow a pixel perfect design and translate it into responsive web code. A good front end developer is not only able to create a design but can do so in the most efficient and optimised way. This includes understanding the structure of best practise SEO, how to code for optimal page load performance and how to incorporate web native elements to enhance a design.


Back end developer:

  • focused on creating, linking and maintaining features for your Magento store. They work with the code that enables you to add existing third party extensions, create brand new features from scratch and link Magento with other third prty systems for data sybiosis. BDue to the flexibility of Magento anything is possible, any feature can be created and any task can be automated (within reason). Back end developers need a maestro level of understanding of the Magento architecture, API's, databases and the various languages required to make features happen. They must also be able to hollistically understand the technical elements that make up a site and be able to understand how introducing or removing software entities will affect the existing site ecosystem whether it be an update from Magento or extension provider or a new custom feature.

Full stack:

One developer type usually referred to as a full stack developer has the ability to complete front end tasks, back and tasks and is usually also well versed in ovther areas of development such as server side and DevOps. Server side developers or system administrators are usually responsible for maintaining and optimising the server infrastructure that hosts your store. Because agento open source is self hosted this role can be very important to maintain a stable, fast site.

DevOps:

DevOps is a combination of developer and an IT operations this person is involved in the lifecycle of client projects and development and strddles the line between IT infrastructure engineer and developer.


Because Magento is often utilised by medium, large and enterprise companies Magento developers are also required to have a good working knowledge of general web security and stability considerations from cyber security to deployment protocols. A good Magento developer first has the skills to code in the languages required, second understands the structure and technical framework of Magento and how to work within it, Thirdly, understands the wider web ecosystem and finally is able to take ambiguous instruction nd translate it into a best fit outcome.

What are the Magento developer options in the UK?

Employment:

What are the options overseas?

Employment:

SWOT Percent positive sentiment:

UK:
Employment 55%

Contracting companies 40%

Junior developers 50%

Contractors 45%

Overseas:

Employment 53%

Contracting companies 40%

Freelancers 38%

Good for / bad for statements

UK 
Employment - Good for long term value / Bad for short term profitability

Contracting companies - Good for fast resource allocation / Bad for value

Junior developers - Good for long term value / bad for short term value

Contractors - Good for short term resource / bad for long term growth

Overseas:
Employment Good for long term value and profitability / Bad for management resources and communication

Contracting companies Good for fast, scaleable resource / bad for quality control

Freelancers: Good for value / bad for long term growth and control

Summary

Based on the current climate the most attractive model is a hybrid between UK and overseas.

There are two model options, one islower risk lower reward and one is higher risk and higher reward. See below: 

Option 1:

UK Project manager Employed

DevOps & Snr Magento dev / QC contracted in UK.

Developers contracted overseas.

Option 2:

UK Project manager Employed

DevOps & Snr Magento dev / QC contracted in UK.

Developers employed overseas.

Option 3:

UK Project manager Employed

DevOps & Snr Magento dev / QC employed in UK.

Developers employed overseas.

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