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Magento Developers – Module Reviews

Continuing onwards, I’m going to discuss the modules I’ve used and the developers involved in it:

Aheadworks:  Very, very good modules.  I haven’t actually contacted them for help because their modules just work.  That simple.  My go to guys if I have to buy / get a module because their modules just work.

Fishpig: I’ve only used their WordPress module.  IT works most of the time till it didn’t.  Then I paid for support – and got very little.  Weeks before they replied to try to fix it, when they ‘fixed it’, they broke the production site and never sent what files they fixed.  HORRIBLE support – stay away.

ManaDev: Decent modules, code is a bit sloppy though.  Support is pretty good, though when conflicts happen they will stop providing support, so expect to have to use your main developer to find the problem.  Overall, okay.

Mageworx: Their tweaks module is good.  Overall support isn’t bad,  though I wish they’d help out a bit more when there are conflicts.

OneStepCheckout:  Good checkout, but has a lot of conflicts that happen.  However, they are generally very good with support and will help out with conflicts if it has to do with their module (and sometimes outside of it).  Still the best OneStepCheckout option there is out there though.

Sweet Tooth: I got in when they were selling the module at a fixed price.  Support is decent, though every upgrade means a ton of bugs.  Their go-to support request is ‘update to latest module’; which then creates even more bugs so be careful.  The module itself is decent.

TinyBrick: Another system that just works.  No comment on their support because I haven’t needed it.

Webtex: Great support, love their gift card module.  Works very well though occasional checkout conflicts.

Magento Developers – A Review

Running a webstore on Magento, we’ve had to develop quite a bit of custom code as well as using various modules.  I’m going to tackle the custom developers first, then go on to module developers next:

Collins Harper –  these are my main developers.  I use them on a very regular basis.

Pros: Some great modules that just work (their local pickup, Canada Post Pro and gateway modules).  Coding is good, fast and reliable when custom development is required.  Generally, they solve issues even other developers have problems with.

Cons: More complicated modules like the CP 2.0 modules have occasional bugs and require more maintenance.  Can be slow in getting to you due to high demand for services.  Also, their hourly rate is up there – though it’s often balanced out by efficiency of work done.

Hatimeria: I used them to do the redesign of the website as well as providing some basic coding services during the site redesign.

Pros: Cheaper than CH.  Coding is generally okay, not great but serviceable.  They have a good designer they work with.

Cons: Very busy – I haven’t been able to get onto their docket for more work in a while.