Custom Magento Module Development

Modules in Magento are software that replace, override or extend default Magento functionality and interfaces and provide custom features and processes for Stores. Magento's open architecture and robust modular structure allows modules to be developed to virtually create any format or style of functionality, features, interfaces, customer and backend processes. Modules in Magento are like mini-Apps that can be added to the Magento platform for a specific store.

Modules are developed in Magento architecture using PHP. The Magento format and structure for Modules gives them a formal structure and style, allowing them to be integrated with other modules and the overall Magento platform for the store.

Modules can be simple changes to an interface or process such as Checkout or Billing Address and can also be more sophisticated and enable integration and automation such as adding a payment method or creating a new shipping method or automating a process or sending email notifications for an event that are not available in the default Magento platform.

Modules require advanced software development expertise from developers with atleast 2 or more years of experience in developing modules. Developers need a detailed understanding of Magento and its capabilities, features and configuration options and additionally knowledge of how Magento stores and manages data for the store and transactions, structure and hierarchy of Magento objects and knowledge of sophisticated PHP object structures and programming. These take a fair amount of time and mentoring by other experienced developers to learn and master.

Modules are also called Extensions or Plug-ins and a large number of companies and developers worldwide create modules for specific features and capabilities that can be added, modified or enhanced in Magento. These extensions can be purchased for a license fee or subscripion and many modules are available free from the developers.

Modules and extensions are listed in the Magento Marketplace that provides a comprehensive repository of extensions, tested and verified by Magento, addressing a wide range of applications and requirements including: The Magento Marketplace presently listed about 4500 extensions with prices range from free to a few hundred dollars. These extensions are made for Magneto versions and can be installed and enabled by a Magento administator or advanced store manager.

Extensions are an easy and quick way to create custom functionality for your store and enable features, automation and integrations that you may need for your store. They are affordable and off-the-shelf and adding a few extensions can greatly enhance the quality and sophistication of the buyer experience or the order fulfillment process for your organization.

Yet there are many reasons to create custom modules. Features needed may not be available in a single extension or an extension may have a lot more than you really need. You can purchase an extension and modify this to meet your requirements. Or you can choose to develop a module that matches the exact process and requirements that you have.

Module development can range from a single day for a simple need to few weeks for a more advanced and detailed enhancement or modification or process, interface, automation or integration that a store needs. Modules need experienced developers and Magento 2 is now just over three years old and developers around the world will have just this much of experience. Experience cannot be factory produced or developed overnight. They are the outcome and ongoing process of detailed learning, mentoring, development, testing feedback and extensive trials and lessons from mistakes.

Modules can be the way for your store to stand-out and offer a unique experience or value for a customer. Using a module it may be possible for your customers to find the exact products that they need and make a purchase much more easily and quicker than a default Magento store. There may be some automation that eliminates many steps in the process for customers, sales teams and store managers. You may need to integrate your store with another system such as accounting, ERP, CRM, mailing and social media to provide better experience, engagement and efficiences to your customers.

Creating a custom module can at times be more efficient, effective and valuable for your store. The investment in a module may be easily recovered through additional sales that come from customers being able to purchase relevant products quicker and with better clarity. Or it may possible for your team to process orders and deliver them quicker and more easily through a module, thereby saving operations costs and creating better value for customers.

Modules can be designed to create radical improvements and enhancements in Magento functionality and interfaces in many areas including:
This list can add on many more areas that custom modules can help and be valuable in growing your sales, responding faster to customer requirements, speeding up processes and saving operating costs. Modules can be a way to create competitive edge in Ecommerce over other online and real-world stores. Modules can automate some tasks and initiate intelligent actions that deliver better customer service but also make your operations more efficient, resulting in cost savings.

At Digital Horizons we have a team of experienced architects and developers who can understand business requirements, look at how opportunities and possiblilities with which these can be optimized and maximized for impact over Magento and provide a structured path for development, integration and testing of the module. Digital Horizons developers can develop the modules and our testing team can verify the effectiveness and integration with Magento.

Modules can be conceptualized, architected, developed, tested and implemented in as soon as a week, adding value to your Ecommerce store and generating returns almost immediately. Or we can architect, visualize, simulate, design, chart, plan and develop a complex module involving a team of developers over a few weeks to create a radically different or sophisticated store functionality that can deliver a powerful experience for your customers and make your store stand-out from the others online.

Our team adopts a structured approach to the definition of requirements, architecture and design of the modules, development of the software code and, testing and validation of the module. This process reduces rework, delivers your requirements and eliminates risks of delay and failure. Our detailed expertise in Magento, Ecommerce dynamics and Business Processes enable us to develop modules that can transform the shopping, order fulfillment and customer service experience for your shoppers and also radically improve efficiences, effectiveness, agility and productivity for your sales and administration teams.

Modules can help you grow your sales, save on operating costs, improve on response times and create a competitive edge for your store. Returns on investment on modules can be high and rapid and can make the difference between wins and losses in customers, financial numbers and sustainability and profitability of stores.

The team at Digital Horizons is passionate about transforming stores and businesses using the Magneto platform and has a comprehensive blend of expertise to deliver modules, functionality, experiences and efficiences for stores across industries and genres, spanning direct-to-consumer (B2C), trade and business-to-business (B2B).