How can we help Magento?

We've been contacted by many members of the community over the past few weeks asking a simple question - "What can we do to help?". Given Magento's "age" and the status of the project development, this question is not as simple as it may seem. So we got our team together to discuss the question and came up with some ideas:

  • Testing and QA: We love getting bug reports!... OK - not really, but it does help. We all want Magento to be a high quality product so let us know if anything looks out of place.
  • Translations: We are currently working with community members to test the translation process (German, French and Polish are in the works). We will soon open this up to the rest of the world, so keep an eye out for the announcement if you can help.
  • Community Support: The community forum is incredibly active (2700+ messages so far). Take part, help each other out, and develop relationships with fellow Magento community members.
  • Documentation / Wiki: Have an idea for a cool article? An interesting how-to, step by step tutorial? Head on over to the Wiki, create an article and share the knowledge.
  • Spread the Word! - Let your colleagues, clients, friends, partners and the rest of the world know about Magento - I am sure they'll appreciate it. If you have a site or blog, we've prepared a few chicklets/badges you can use to link to from your site.

Have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments.

Magento chicklet 1 Magento chicklet 2 Magento chicklet 3
Magento chicklet 4 Magento chicklet 5 Magento chicklet 6
Magento chicklet 7 Magento chicklet 8 Magento chicklet 9

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  1. NickL

    1NickL from Hobson|posted September 12 2007

    Nice Badges.  I’ll grab the first one… its suh-weet !

  2. Roy Andre

    2Roy Andre |posted September 13 2007

    Could you maybe open the active Bug-list so that we can see what kind of bugs are already reported in? Personally I hate when we get duplicate bug-errors in on our software, although merging/cloning bug-reports is as easy as taking a nap in the afternoon.

  3. Ross

    3Ross from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK|posted September 13 2007

    I agree, nice buttons.

    Since Magento (Varien) is quite keen to protect the trademark, perhaps it would be helpful to provide simple usage guidelines for the buttons, or at least linking instructions.

    Something like this?
    (although without the terrible user artwork)

  4. Benjamin

    4Benjamin |posted September 13 2007

    I have made one for my website :

    The others are very fun wink
    Well done job Roy !

  5. Ron Seigel

    5Ron Seigel from Ottawa, ON|posted September 13 2007

    Perfect! I was looking for a new badge for my account in the Zen Cart forums.  LOL

    Ummm.....yes....yes I did!  tongue rolleye

  6. RoyRubin

    6RoyRubin from Los Angeles, CA|posted September 13 2007

    @Ron - I like it! send us a link so we can see it up smile

  7. RoyRubin

    7RoyRubin from Los Angeles, CA|posted September 13 2007

    @Ross - great idea. We’ll post a similiar page.

  8. Ron Seigel

    8Ron Seigel from Ottawa, ON|posted September 13 2007

    Disregard my user name. It’s from an old site.....

    I’ve had a link in my sig for weeks now. Just waiting to see how long it takes them to notice and ban my account (again!).  vampire

    Now to add it to my OSC sig....

  9. RoyRubin

    9RoyRubin from Los Angeles, CA|posted September 13 2007

    Very cool Ron - looks sharp! Let us know when your account is banned smile

  10. Ron Seigel

    10Ron Seigel from Ottawa, ON|posted September 13 2007

    Probably right after I change the home page of their wiki to a huge linked Magento logo (I have admin access).  shock

    Ummmm....maybe that’s not such a good idea.....  LOL

  11. ekay

    11ekay from Hobson|posted September 17 2007

    very nice project..
    but one thing is missing..

    product’s criterias.

    you should add the possibility to add product’s criteria like sizes and colors (for clothes for ex.)

  12. RoyRubin

    12RoyRubin from Los Angeles, CA|posted September 17 2007

    @ekay - such functionality exists. Check out the configurable products screencast

  13. Ron Seigel

    13Ron Seigel from Ottawa, ON|posted September 21 2007

    Took them long enough to ban me.  LOL

    You have been banned for the following reason:
    No reason was specified.

    Date the ban will be lifted: Never

    Like I care....  rolleyes

  14. RoyRubin

    14RoyRubin from Los Angeles, CA|posted September 21 2007

    @Ron - sorry to hear that smile I guess they had a reason to be concerned.

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