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10 Pros And Cons Of Choosing Magento For Your Ecommerce Store

10 Pros And Cons Of Choosing Magento For Your Ecommerce Store

E-commerce has greatly altered the face of the business world. Nowadays, with a few clicks of a mouse or few touches in your mobile set, you could do most of your business.

While there are many big players in e-commerce or e-business, Magento has been the front runner in online business world – all due to the number of good things it offers. However, it is not devoid of disadvantages. Here below, we have compiled a list of pros and cons of choosing Magento for an e-commerce store for you to weigh them and decide whether you’d want Magneto for your e-commerce or not.

Pros

 1. It is flexible

Magento is an open source platform. In other words, we could modify the source code as per our requirements and desire, which allows us to customize templates and achieve desired functionality.

Furthermore, Magento also allows third party integration for various purposes like importing products and much more. This flexibility is the biggest plus point of Magento as it makes easier to look and analyze performance of websites and also to get a real-time information.

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2. It has many features that other platforms lack

Magento has a wide range of features which allows us to manage multiple stores, and support multiple locations, multiple language, multiple pricing and multiple currencies. Compare Magento vs Shopify, vs Woocommerce, vs Volusion or any other e-commerce platform and it stands out with its abundance of features.

For instance, with the help of Magento, you can vary your price of the specific product depending upon the group of customers. You can have a different price for your staff as well as a different price for VIPs. Moreover, the community version of Magento allows you to enjoy many features, which other e-commerce platforms lack. Therefore, it is one of the biggest pros of choosing Magento over other e-commerce platforms.

3. It has a large community of users

There is a large community of Magento users because it is one of the most used e-commerce platforms in the world. This has helped to ensure quick support. In addition, the large community has inspired to develop many extensions and plugins. As a result, if you have any problems, you are likely to get more support because there are countless resources to solve problems.

4. It is mobile friendly

A mobile friendly configuration is a must to ensure the success of e-commerce. According to one of the surveys, nearly one-fourth of online shoppers felt the need of the mobile friendly e-commerce platform. Online retailers cannot overlook the fact that internet browsing trend has shifted to mobile devices.

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Magento is mobile friendly as it allows to create a mobile site without any difficulty and give best mobile viewing experience to the customer as far as possible. This has helped in the increase of sales and a lower bounce rate.

5. It’s scalable

When we start a small business, we do so, with a view to expand later in the future. As the business grows, our e-commerce platform must be able to handle the increased amount of products and sales. Some of the e-commerce platforms might not be able to handle this growth and may hinder the progress of company but Magento can handle with ease, from a handful of products to thousands of them.

In fact, Magento can approximately support up to five hundred thousands of products and thousands of transactions in an hour. It is a notable advantage because you can customize Magento without any constraints.

Cons

6. It’s expensive

Magento is available in many versions. The community version of Magento is free, while the enterprise version of Magento costs you more than fifteen thousand dollars approximately. Furthermore, Premium Enterprise version of Magento, targeted for large businesses costs you more than fifty thousand dollars approximately for a year.

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Add a third party fee, if you can’t install the extension yourself. This would be an exorbitant venture. Hence, the cost it commands is the biggest drawback of otherwise one of the most popular e-commerce platforms.

7. It has few developers

Magento has a large community of users as well as developers. As a result, it is difficult to find authentic Magento developers. The main reason for this is the complex understanding that one needs to have in object oriented development and vast experience one should possess with core software.

Furthermore, Magento has a large system which possesses over twenty thousand files and two hundred data base tables. One needs a lot of time to master it. As a result, even if you are successful in finding a genuine developer, his prices are surely going to be sky high.

8. It is time consuming

Magento has a slow loading time. Therefore, customizations are pretty difficult to make, in comparison to other e-commerce platforms.  It is also not easy to switch from another e-commerce platform to Magento because it imports the data at a very slow rate.

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One reason behind this slow loading is due to its flexible architecture, which makes it complex and time-consuming to set it up. However, this is highly debated because only community version of Magento is slow at loading. In contrast, the enterprise and premium enterprise versions are quite fast.

9. Hosting

You should use a dedicated server to host Magento. Other normal hosting platforms should not be used to host it. Moreover, it should be configured in a server that you or your developer have proficiency in. Hence, there is a limit to hosting Magento.

Bulkiness is a prime reason behind this. Furthermore, optimization requires a lot of high-level skills and thinking. Hence, it is one of the biggest cons of Magento because it can lead to the crashing of your websites.

10. Bad product support

The product support for Magento is quite expensive because developers and consultant charge handsomely for Magento in comparison to WordPress. In addition, Magento forum support is not what you’d expect it to be. Official support forum of Magento is overrun with spam because of the lack of organized monitoring. This is one of the downsides of choosing Magento.

Imagine having a problem of your own regarding any issue about Magento and not finding any helpful solutions or worst falling prey to the scams. This could be really devastating.

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Last Updated on December 5, 2018

How to Lead a Team More Effectively and Be a True Leader at Work

How to Lead a Team More Effectively and Be a True Leader at Work

Being an efficient manager and a charismatic boss at the same time can seem like an impossible task. Is there a way to deliver the desired results for your business while remaining liked and respected by your staff?

We all know bad examples of team leaders who seem to fail at one aspect or the other, or even at both. But we’ve also heard of awesome managers who seem to juggle both things well enough.

How do they do it?

By sticking to few proven ways that let them maintain a positive karma score while remaining efficient. In this article, we’ll guide you through 11 smart management tips on how to lead a team and become something more than a boss – a leader.

1. Find a Management Strategy and Stick to It

There’s nothing worse than a boss that keeps changing his or her opinions and assignments depending on their mood or a book they read this week. Chaotic decisions increase the insecurity and frustration of your team, so you better find your strategy and stick to it.

If you do find some new methods you want your staff to follow, make sure they don’t contradict the general direction you are taking. Otherwise, you risk making your team take one step forward and two steps back.

2. Set Goals​ and Track Progress in Reaching Them

Set individual and collective goals​ for your team and track the progress in reaching them. This might sound obvious at first, but too often we find ourselves stuck between daily customer requests and monthly reports, and the bigger goal or vision seems to fade away.

According to Elon Musk (and many other successful CEOs around the Globe), it’s crucial to have a clear and motivating aim to where the company is heading. His aim for the space transportation company SpaceX is “to make humankind a multi-planetary species”.[1] That’s a huge goal but the company is slowly moving closer to it by reaching smaller steps and milestones, like launching self-landing rockets. This is also a very inspiring and meaningful goal that helps employees endure the company’s extremely high expectations and 60 to 70-hour work weeks.[2]

Even if your goals are not as grand, setting and reaching milestones will give you a clear insight into the team’s overall efficiency and daily progress. With time, you will be able to see the weak spots and improve your results.​

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3. Demand Learning from Your Team

CEO of print on demand startup Printful, Davis Siksnans, believes that:[3]

“The key for a company going through rapid growth is to empower your employees’ self-development.”

His company with 500 employees spanning two continents demands a culture of learning and provides all the tools necessary to do it.

Their idea is –  as the company scales, people have to grow in their positions too, which means that they have to be constantly learning. Siksnans says:

“We try to hire people for what they might become, but they need to have that drive.“

Alternatively, you can provide educational courses for your employees or invite informal lecturers to educate and inspire your team. You can also encourage peer-to-peer learning by asking employees to teach their particular experience or skill to co-workers.

4. Invest in a Pleasant Work Environment

Studies show that a well-designed office environment can increase your team’s overall performance by as much as 20%. You’ll be surprised to see that even very small interior tweaks that don’t require major investments can improve your workers’ performance.

Some ideas for a more productive and pleasing work environment:

  • Invest in modern furniture – offer ergonomic chairs, standing desks, and individually arranged workplaces​.
  • Start an in-house library – reading for pleasure just 30 minutes a day is proven to be enough to become more effective at work,[4] improve focus, and deal with problems like depression and anxiety.​
  • Play jazzy office music – rhythmic background music will help workers feel more energetic and enthusiastic while doing everyday tasks.​
  • Set up entertainment or break rooms – being able to relax and have fun at work creates a strong commitment, helps employees relax and clear their minds, and boosts productivity.​
  • Bring in uplifting office decor – it’s been found that art in the workplace can boost productivity,[5] lower stress, and even encourage employees to innovate.​
  • Decorate the office with live plants for freshness and a welcoming feel. Furthermore, plants are found to ensure better air quality and increase workers’ productivity by 15%.[6]

5. Be Kind and Sincere to Your Team

Did you know that 50% of employees quit because they dislike working with their manager?[7] In fact, most times when people leave their jobs they actually leave their managers. Being friendly and sincere may not be enough to be a successful manager, but it’s a big part of it.

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Some ways to show you appreciate and care for your staff:

  • Celebrate the progress and achievements of your employees. And don’t be shy to simply say thanks.​
  • Talk to your employees regularly and really listen to what they have to say. Address their concerns, help them reach their goals and do your best to improve their work and daily life.
  • If you’re having a bad day, don’t pour out your stress and anger on the staff. Instead, try to recharge yourself by appreciating the achievements of your team and setting the next goals.
  • Try not to overload your team with work. Every company has rush periods when it’s okay to have more work than usual. But remember that people cannot work under prolonged pressure and stress.
  • Don’t be selfish – it can be very demotivating to see that the manager only focuses on what you can do for him and doesn’t care about your goals and well-being.​ As the CEO of Xerox Anne M. Mulcahy put it,[8]

    “Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person — not just an employee — are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled.”

Whenever you are having doubts about your kind attitude, remember – satisfied employees are productive employees which lead to satisfied customers and eventually – success for your company.

6. Offer Flexible Work Hours

The traditional Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job is beginning to slip away. Increasingly more people are working remotely or having flexible work hours, and we can expect this trend to continue. To adapt to these changing habits and remain competitive in the labor market, more employers are offering the chance to choose your own work hours, work from home or even from another city or country.

Offering flexible hours is a powerful way to inspire your existing staff and give them intrinsic motivation. Why not let your employees choose their preferred working hours while keeping the 8-hour day? For example, night owls are unhappy and unproductive if they have to come to work before 10 AM, while others might prefer to start at 7 and finish earlier.

You can go even farther and hire remote workers – this way you’ll be able to recruit from a global talent pool and even save money on office expenses like desks, stationery, electricity, etc.[9]

7. Track Your Team’s Productive Time

Not monitoring your employees’ progress and efficiency can result in poor performance and slacking. Instead of letting things go with the flow, you should consider installing time-tracking software on your employees’ computers and see who’s doing great and who might need a productivity boost.

But don’t get it wrong – there’s no need to become big brother and watch every step your employees take. If you use the time-tracker as a spying tool, you will only see increasing suspicion and insecurity around you, and your employees’ happiness levels will drop.

On the contrary, choose software that allows employees to mark private time that won’t be tracked. In addition, consider these time-management tactics:

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  • Allow flexible work hours. (see Tip No 6)
  • Encourage breaks – studies show that employees who take regular breaks are more productive than those who don’t.[10]
  • Enable remote work to show your employees that you trust them and that they can work from home or even from another country (if they can maintain sufficient productivity).
  • Consider offering bonuses to your most productive employees (those who show productivity levels above 90 or 95%).

8. Use Only Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism means offering valid and rational opinions about the work of others, involving both positive comments and remarks about what should be improved. Constructive criticism is usually expressed in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one.

When you evaluate your team’s work, give them feedback that’s helpful, specific, and sincere. Don’t be shy to praise, but also be direct and even strict when necessary.

9. Don’t Give Special Treatment to Yourself

The boss’s actions are – directly or indirectly – observed by your team. This means that your employees look up to you and often mimic your attitude towards your work and the company – especially if your actions don’t show commitment. Nobody wants to work for a leader who doesn’t go all in or inspire motivation.

What you should do is lead by example. If you expect your employees to arrive at work on time and work 8 hours, do the same yourself. If you want them to show initiative, show it yourself and encourage others to do the same.

Jeff Weiner is the CEO of LinkedIn – a company of 3,000 employees that consistently ranks as one of the best workplaces with a 92 percent employee-approval rating.[11] Weiner’s workdays are reported to be equally long or even longer than those of his employees, allowing him to stay “extremely credible as a leader.”

10. Empower Your Employees

Here’s a common mistake many managers make:

They don’t motivate their staff and assume they simply love to work for their company.​ Such belief can result in painful losses for the company – especially these days when many companies are in desperate need of a reliable workforce.

Instead of directly thinking about bonuses and perks, consider intrinsic motivation. For example, enable flat organization in your team and listen to your employees’ ideas when they come up with opinions and suggestions. Your company might actually benefit a great deal from the feedback, and the unique ideas employees come up with.

You can also start an initiative where employees can freely share or pitch their business ideas to you or the founders of the company. If the idea is accepted by the management, the project can be developed, and the employee can have equity options.

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If people feel they have an impact in the company, they become more motivated, engaged and interested in the company’s growth.

11. Nurture Your Company Culture

Company culture is the personality of a company that defines the overall work environment and relationships between teammates. It also includes company mission, values, ethics, and goals.

Some examples of company cultures are the Horizontal corporate culture (collaborative and equal; popular among startups and free-spirited businesses) and Conventional corporate culture (a more risk-averse and hierarchy-based approach common in traditional companies).

However, you don’t have to stick to pre-existing boxes when creating your corporate culture. You might think of your team as a family, a sports team, or even a hippie camp if it fits your business and purpose. But keep in mind that by the time a company’s size reaches 20 employees, the company culture is set,[12] and any changes will need to be implemented in smaller teams.

Whichever personality you choose for your company, make sure to live by it and nurture it. Some things that might help:

Team building events, relevant books in your office library and proper on-boarding for the new employees to get everyone on the same page from the very beginning.

Be a Leader, Not a Boss

Using the words of Printful’s CEO Davis Siksnans, the ultimate goal is to “Hire great people who don’t have to be managed.”

However, when you do need to demonstrate some initiative and control, act as a leader rather than as a boss.

In other words, don’t be afraid to show the personality behind your role. And keep these 11 tips close to your heart.

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