We had a great turnout last week for our inaugural community chat. The ambitious plans to discuss a wide array of topics was scaled back and concentrated on US Taxes, Coupons/Promotions (see transcript below) and Taxonomies (specifically integration with 3rd party providers). It was an absolute success and the conversation was flowing. Seems ya'll have a lot to say That said, we are already looking forward to our v.2 community chat, happening on Thursday, August 9th at 11 AM PST. We'll discuss user registrations, product search, and more (should time allow). Get those screenshots ready (we love 'em!). We are opening this up for everyone across the world ... but, here's the catch ... there are only (roughly) 20 spots available. Interested? We'd love to hear from you. Step 1 - Contact Us Step 2 - Get online on Thursday bright and early to ensure you have a spot(if reading via feed, view the transcript on our blog)
|Topic: Coupons / Promotions|
We’re looking for the best sites across the world. eCommerce Sites that are well executed, visually appealing, easy to use, intuitive and put usability in the forefront. Any favorites? Let us know in the comments.
Varien is committed to the open source community and in that spirit we are pleased to announce Magento will be distributed under the Open Software License (OSL 3.0), an OSI-approved open source license. You can find more information about the license in our new License/Trademarks FAQ page and on the Open Source Initiative site.
We’ve also posted information on the usage of Magento trademarks. As mentioned in the FAQ, the code is free, but the Magento trademarks, service marks and logos are not. Please review the License/Trademarks FAQ if you have any questions on what are appropriate and inappropriate uses of Magento trademarks.
The Community Chat is a new feature we are introducing in an effort to receive community feedback on various eCommerce related topics. The concept is to discuss different questions, share our experiences and discuss yours. As we continue to develop Magento we are looking to disclose our thinking behind the project and learn from the community.
Our first chat will be with the US market on August 2nd. We are looking for eCommerce developers, designers, store owners, application providers, and consultants to join us in a discussion on the following topics:
- Tax types
- Methods of calculating taxes
- Reports needed
- Authorization vs. capturing (best practices)
- Storing credit cards and PCI compliance
- CVV numbers
- Fraud issues and liability concerns
- Recurring payments
- Post dated payments
- Shipping calculation (dimensional weight, international shipping, continental shipping, Exceptions: Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Alaska, AFO, APO, PO Boxes, etc.)
- Shipping as a promotion (different types)
- Special goods (surcharges, misc)
- Building SKU’s and product definition
- Challenges with search - finding products
- Discounts and Promotions: type and methodologies
- Maintenance issues
- Customer incentives
The format is simple: a question will be presented and the topic will be open for anyone to respond. We’ll try to get through the complete list in a timely manner. We don’t expect a response to every question, but if you feel you can contribute in any way, we’d love to hear from you. Highlights of the Community Chat will be posted on our blog.
We’ll be having many of these community chats in the future with different markets (France, Germany, UK, etc.) and audiences.
Community Chat - US Market
Date: August 2nd
Time: 11 AM PST
Sign Up: Interested? Contact us today.
We will restrict the participants to a max of 20 with additional Varien/Magento staff joining in.
Want to meet the Magento core development team? We’ve made the long journey from Los Angeles, CA to Kiev, Ukraine to bring together our US and European development teams for an all hands Beta1, don’t stop until you drop session. If you are in Eastern (or Western) Europe and want to join us this upcoming Tuesday, drop us a line. This is a great opportunity to meet us in person and talk about Magento (you may get some inside information, wink wink).
Date: Tuesday, July 24th
Time: 9 PM
Location: Kiev, Ukraine (specific location will be announced)
We’d love to see you there.
* UPDATE: I’ve sent the location to everyone that has contacted us. If you are still interested in coming, let us know.
We are looking for exceptional candidates from anywhere in the world (we’re a global bunch, if you haven’t noticed). If you are passionate about online commerce, attentive to detail, willing to work hard to produce an industry leading product - we’d love to hear from you.
We’ve been promising Magento blog readers that this was coming, and today, itэs finally here! We’re excited to announce the launch of the brand new Magento site, aiming to inform and educate you about the open-source eCommerce solution that will change the way that you do business online. We’ll be updating it often, adding new features and keeping you in the loop on the Magento Blog. Explore, and see exactly why we think you’re going to love Magento.
Videos: Behind Magento and Open-Source eCommerce
Meet the team and learn why open-source eCommerce offers the most flexible solution for anyone in eCommerce searching for a product that can be uniquely tailored to what they need, not the other way around.
Check out the new Features section to find out just how feature-rich Magento really is. Each section is packed with detail so you can get a good sense of all that Magento can do right out-of-the-box in Beta1 (our first upcoming release). You’ll see many of the features that have been asked about in your comments!
A Streamlined Magento
The site also features screencaps of Magento in action. You may notice that we’ve improved on the initial design to make Magento’s administrative usability easier and more efficient, refining the interface and concentrating on how to pack as many features in with the sleekest interface possible. This latest version is user-friendly and extensible for developers ... check out some of the features in the screenshots below. For the rest, you’ll have to explore the new site.
Follow the Road...map
We’ve also included a Roadmap to show you where Magento will be going in the future. If you don’t see it in the Features section, it’s probably here.
Take a look at the site to see even more new additions. We hope you leave it as excited about Magento as we are! Stay with us on the Magento blog as we amp up the Magento coverage with new features, site updates and previews of Magento in action. Also, keep those questions coming on in the comments… we love hearing from you, and finding out exactly what you want to see from Magento!