To become an Adobe Magento partner you are required to register for the Adobe Solution Partner Program and complete a series of certifications demonstrating your team's capability across the Magento Commerce platform.
This involves completing training found on the Magento University website and passing the corresponding Magento certification examinations.
It should also be noted, a qualified Magento partner is one that continues to support the Magento ecosystem and is constantly up-skilling in the area of Magento development.
Magento offers two versions of it's platform to the development community.
Magento Community is the free version of the platform and comes with less features than the fully-fledged Commerce solution.
At present, Magento Community does not offer features such as the B2B module or Business Intelligence feature which are popular and highly powerful services.
Magento Commerce on the other hand, is an enterprise software solution pitched at serious retailers. Commerce comes in two versions, Starter and Pro, with 'Cloud' and 'On-premise' variants.
Both Starter and Pro each have a different set of features with Pro including the full set of features available to the Magento community.
For more information on Magento Commerce, please visit the Magento Commerce website.
One of the reasons Magento websites run slowly is too many extensions.
With this in mind, there's a fine line between leveraging functionality released on the Magento Marketplace and adding too many extensions.
We recommend only using the bare essentials when it comes to Magento extensions and from well-known providers who offer a series of highly rated extensions.
Even on large Magento builds, we would not include any more than 5 to 10 extensions as needed, so if your site is using more than this, you can likely look to improve your implementation.
Magento 2 offers a completely new solution for eCommerce merchants to leverage online when compared to Magento 1.
With an extensive list of new features, improved stability and code structure, Magento 2 is winning a lot of new fans in the eCommerce community.
Although similar in some respects to Magento 1, Magento 2 offers developers the chance to scale customer websites like never before.
Depending on how many products you're selling and the types of features you're looking to add to your eCommerce site, Magento may be the right option for you.
In general Magento is suited to customers who are looking to run more than one website across multiple locations, have a catalogue of more than a couple of hundred products, and are looking to integrate with a series of third-party services.