Magento Solution Specialist – Content Area 3.4: Shipping

The next content area deals with shipping. Here we’re looking at everything from different shippers available, how costs are calculated, attributes used, invoicing, and some customer info.

1. Can a storefront customer select a delivery date when placing an order with the table rates shipping option?

No, it’s not possible to select the delivery date.

2. What shipping methods are available natively in Magento Enterprise Edition?

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By | 2018-07-04T04:16:48+00:00 December 8th, 2015|Categories: Magento, MCSS|Tags: , |

Magento Solution Specialist – Content Area 3.3: Payments

The next content area deals with payments. Here we’re looking at various payment gateways that are implemented out of the box, how payment data is stored, different channels on how to get to the payment methods, recurring payments, and some payment concepts.

1. What are the different payment types available in Magento EE v 1.13?

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I didn’t have a copy of 1.13 easily […]

By | 2018-07-04T04:17:21+00:00 December 7th, 2015|Categories: Magento, MCSS|Tags: , |

Magento Solution Specialist – Content Area 3.2: The Shopping Cart

Moving right along with Content Area 3: Elements of a Magento eCommerce Site, we’re talking about all things Shopping Cart in this post. We’ll mainly be concerned about how discounts are handled in the shopping cart, how account creation related, multiple shipping options, and guest checkout. We’ll also see a few slight differences in Enterprise Edition vs Community.

1. How can you create a product discount to have it automatically […]

By | 2018-07-04T04:18:30+00:00 December 6th, 2015|Categories: Magento, MCSS|Tags: , |

Magento Solution Specialist – Content Area 3.1: The Catalog

We’re now moving into Content Area 3: Elements of a Magento eCommerce Site. This is the meat and potatoes section that deals with actual Magento usage and less general best practices. This is by far the largest content area broken out into 13 segments. Since there is so much to cover in each section, I’ll be creating a post for each one. This post deals with the Magento Catalog […]

By | 2018-07-04T04:19:45+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Categories: Magento, MCSS|Tags: , |

Magento Solution Specialist – Content Area 2: Architecture – Questions 7 – 11

Here’s the second set of questions from the Architecture area of the Magento Solution Specialist test prep program. This area will comprise about 30% of the test questions with the main focus on understanding the Magento framework, some PHP concepts, MVC architecture, what features would require custom code and what functionality is baked into Magneto.

7. What are the required attributes for creating a CMS page using Magento Admin functionality?

In […]

By | 2018-07-04T04:21:02+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Magento, MCSS|Tags: , |

Magento Solution Specialist – Content Area 2: Architecture – Questions 1 – 6

The second area of study focuses on Magento Architecture. This is relatively important and will comprise about 30% of the test questions. The main focus is on understanding the Magento framework, some PHP concepts, MVC architecture, what features would require custom code and what functionality is baked into Magneto.

From what I understand, this is not a developer-level test, so concepts are most likely going to be more important that […]

By | 2018-07-04T04:21:59+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Categories: Magento, MCSS|Tags: , |

Magento Solution Specialist – Content Area 1 Sample Questions 8-11

8. What are best practices for protecting eCommerce user data?

The first step in protection would be to not collect sensitive customer information if possible. If a third-party, off-site payment gateway can be used, it removes a lot of complexity for the merchant.

The next step in protection occurs during transmission. When transferring sensitive customer information, SSL should be used (see yesterday’s post on why)

Next, if we need to […]

By | 2015-11-17T21:09:49+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Categories: Magento, MCSS|Tags: , |

Magento Solution Specialist – Content Area 1 Sample Questions 4-7

4. What “social merchandising” techniques and tools are used in eCommerce?

“Social merchandising is part of the marketing mix now used by online retailers to convert fans and followers to customers. A relatively new marketing tool, social merchandising has plugged into the potential of social media networks to influence online shopper’s decision-making process.” — Houston Chronicle

Generally we would be thinking of using social media sites such as […]

By | 2018-07-04T04:25:18+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Categories: Magento, MCSS|Tags: , |

Magento Solution Specialist – Content Area 1 Sample Questions

I’m currently studying for my Solution Specialist test and found there weren’t any official study guides to follow. Magento does put out a test objectives document with some sample questions – the problem is these questions don’t have any answers included.

Content Area 1: eCommerce Questions 1 – 3

1. What is the difference between omni-channel and multi-channel retailing?

It first helps to define what a channel is. A channel is an […]

By | 2018-07-04T04:26:25+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Categories: Magento, MCSS|Tags: , |

An Intro to Magento Extensions

Magento is an e-commerce platform that offers a lot of out the box. It’s extremely powerful and flexible but if the functionality that you want doesn’t exist out of the box it can be added pretty easily using an extension.

One of our clients uses multiple carriers and shipping methods, but has made the business decision to offer a flat rate for each of those options. While that makes life […]

By | 2018-07-04T04:27:15+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Extensions, Magento|Tags: , , |