Archive for 2010

December New York Magento Meetup Group Meeting Recap

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 by

The New York chapter of the Magento Meetup group met on the evening of December 8, 2010. A frigid winter night did not keep away a well-received turn out of returning attendees along with a crop of new faces. From seasoned pros to entreprenuers, all arrived ready to share their knowledge and discuss possible solutions to their specific questions.

Hara Partners lead Project Manager and Software Architect, Mai Erne & Jun Zhao,
discussed differences of the Enterprise edition and the formatting of
Magento in the most efficient MVC (Model – View -Controller) hierarchy.

magento meetup

The lights went low and the knowledge was turned on.

magento meetup

Attendees left with a great perspective on the subject matter from a warm, programmer-friendly ambiance.
Our moderators are always conscious of the programming community and we welcome any ideas or suggestions.
Dont miss out on attending the next NY Magento Meet Up!

Visit and sign up at as we are always open for topic and workshop suggestions.

Google: Making Sense of the Latest Changes

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 by

 Google: Making Sense of the Latest Changes


ChannelAdvisor published a recent study on the latest development by Google product serach entitled Making sense of Google’s latest changes.

The key findings include:

  1. Linking your Merchant Center and AdWords accounts
  2. UPCs should be used whenever possible (available)
  3. Constantly monitor the Google Product Search for changes
  4. Actively manage seller ratings
  5. Test product extensions provided by Google

The white paper also advises to get ready for mobile commerce, but we find it very much depends on the products and audience.

E-commerce Statistics – E-commerce Reaches Record Sales

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 by

E-Commerce Statistics – E-commerce Reaches Record Sales

E-Commerce StatisticsThe Census Bureau released a recent study on e-commerce statistics where e-commerce now has a moved well over the 4% mark of retail market share. This is still a relatively small share and it needs to be seen how e-commerce will grow vis-a-vis the brick-and-mortar economy.

New York Magento Meetup Group Meeting for December

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by

New York Magento

New York Magento Meetup Group Meeting for December

This month we will be looking at Magento’s architecture at the New York Magento Meetup.

Looking under Magento’s hood – Basic Magento Architecture

Last time we looked at what can be done with Magento in terms of design and I believe we saw some surprisingly amazing implementations culminating in a not very secure implementation of the OnePageCheckout in Flash.

This time we will give a general overview of Magento’s architecture.
Why is Magento so popular? Or how does Magento support so many features?
You hear a lot about extensions or modules. What are they and how do they relate to the Magento system?

We will also answer questions such as what is the difference between Magento Enterprise and Magento Community Edition? What is $12,990 going to get me?

This presentation will be very helpful for anyone interested in understanding the fundamentals of Magento, how it works and how to think about the system from a systems perspective.

We’re looking forward to seeing you.

The team at Hara Partners.

New York Magento Meetup for November 2010

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 by

New York Magento Meetup for November 2010

Hara Partners, host of New York’s Magento Meet Up, has been running the New York chapter for the single purpose of Magento betterment.  On the November 10, 2010 meet up, Mai Erne & Jun Zhao focused on some of the obvious, and not so obvious design cues and bewares.

new york magento meetup

new york magento meetup


Hara Partner’s lead software architect, Jun Zhao, organized a friendly, open-ended meeting-of-the-minds, centered around feedback as there were experts from different fields in attendance.  Working with our fellow Magento community to help attack real world problems is a great perk at our sessions.  Please stay tuned for future NY Magento Meet Ups  as we are always open for topic and workshop suggestions.

new york magento meetup

Special thanks to Fashion Tower Studios and resident photographer, Vernon Fong for capturing our meet up!