Magento is one of the leading eCommerce platforms that is being used by many big brands worldwide for supporting their digital retail business. Some of its core benefits include reliability, flexibility, and its open-source nature.
Adding to this, Magento offers scalability, a wide range of inbuilt features and functionalities, and a continuous development towards your business growth. With a release of its 2.x version in the year 2015, Magento held more market share (approx. 30%) for digital business support.
Currently, it is dominating the digital space with various enhanced performance with offerings like inbuilt Full Page, CSS & JS Minification, Varnish support, Cache CSS preprocessing, Requirejs (improved JS and user-friendly checkout), and so on.
Irrespective of all these features, themes play a vital role in every web design and development. In this article, I shall be discussing some of the best tips that can help you to perform winning Magento theme development activities.
Let’s get started below:-
• Using Magento Tools
Magento offers you extensive templates and for you, it can be really difficult to figure out which template you are supposed to edit for changing a particular block within set up. So, if you are a technical savvy you can definitely take a chance on your own for Magento theme development.
Otherwise, you can always look for different tools available to perform these activities. For this, you need to follow the below-given process:
Log in admin panel of Magento store and,
System→ Configuration→ Developer→ Template Path Hints→ Change “configuration scope” to desired options for tool enabling
Once enabled, you will see the options highlighted (with detailed information about directories/template) that you can overwrite. You can also restrict this through IP address to have a look on the same.
• Say NO to edit core Magento Themes
Whenever you wish to have a seamless Magento theme development, you should practice not to edit the core theme. You can only use the core theme as your parent theme.
The reason behind not editing the core Magento theme is that any update in the future is more likely to overwrite core Magento themes and you will definitely lose the customizations that you’ve made today. The best option to overcome this issue is to opt for child theme creation.
Creating a child theme will help you make the custom changes that you require without affecting the core ones along with the future issues of overwriting.
• Coding Standards
Following the coding standards while theme development shall definitely help you go a long run. Many times developers get unsuccessful work with lack of quality along with stalling progress.
Also, if you practice the coding standards, you will definitely achieve a professional looking website that is easy to read and use. Some of the best coding standards to consider are- PSR-1 (basic coding standard) and PSR-2 (coding style guide).
• Know Magento framework well
In the past few years, there have been many evidential changes from Magento version 1.x to Magento 2.x. So, you should be careful while dealing with the Magento framework.
Make sure that you have gone through the detailed capabilities & other standards of the version that you are using (Magento 1.x or Magento 2.x).
With this, we have come to the end of our article. Apart from all these above-mentioned tips, you can always ask for experts who hold experience in dealing with Magento framework irrespective of its versions.
Also, bringing technical expertise in your digital aspiration always allow you save on time, efforts, and other pitfalls of technology handling. This way you can simply ask professional and sit back relaxed or thinking of other strategies that can take your online business ahead.