11 Solutions to 3 Magento Issues That Can Ruin Your E-Commerce Store

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Magento Common Issues

Disclosure: Cloudways provides managed Magento hosting on cloud environment.

Magento is an e-Commerce behemoth. It powers more than one-third of all e-Commerce websites. But, is Magento ‘that’ good? Does it offer the ultimate e-Commerce solution to sell your products online? Reviews are now stating otherwise. Today, we will be going in depth with the most common issues in Magento and present solutions to these issues.

Magento Issue 1: Complex in Approach

Magento was not created as a result of a child’s recreation. It is developed on the powerful Zend Framework that makes it different from a typical PHP-based application.

The programmers behind Magento wanted it to be highly adaptable. This is the reason why it is very complex, and if you are not a good developer, you might find it difficult to handle your Magento store as it grows.

Solutions:

  1. Don’t do it if you don’t know it. Even if you see a step-by-step tutorial online, do not follow it unless you are confident enough. Magento can fulfill all the e-Commerce needs of a small and medium business, but taking a single wrong step can result in nightmares.

  1. Get dedicated and experienced developers. This might cost you some extra bucks, but this way you can focus on your business with peace of mind.

  1. Remove all your non-performing products. Placing them in ‘disabled’ form can lead to a complicated database that is hard to maintain. This is one of the primary Magento issue that many website owners face. So be smart, and go one step ahead and remove all your non-performing products rather than just disabling it.

Magento Issue 2: Bulky and slow

A typical Magento installation calls approximately 10,000 (or above) files. The installation process is quite a burden on server resources. This is the reason why Magento is considered as heavy and sluggish. Unsurprisingly, this Magento vulnerability is a huge turn-off for the e-store managers.

Contrary to that, in our almost half-a-decade experience of providing managed hosting for Magento, we haven’t find any issues with Magento’s speed. The reason being that Magento needs continuous maintenance—just like your car. If you take proper care of it, it will give you a drive for years. So, what we believe is either MAINTAIN your car the best way you can do or let the experts do it.

Solutions:

  1. Get scalable and reliable hosting. Magento hosting issues are the main reason of Magento sites getting slow. NEVER host your Magento on a dollar-size plan. It’s your revenue engine, so choose a good hosting solution. Go for cloud hosting: It provides a dedicated server environment while being light on your wallet. And it really does!

  1. Regularly index your MySQL database. Reindexing tunes up your database and gives processing faster. It pretty much works the same way as cleaning the engine and changing the oil of your car for a smoother drive.

  1. Use bulk import plugin. The regular upload functionality in Magento can take up your whole night as it won’t upload concurrently. This puts unnecessary load on your server.

  1. Apply caching mechanisms. Memcached, Varnish, and APC will help your database to serve pages faster. A good caching strategy can be so much effective that it will continue serving requests even if your server goes down.

  1. Understand the use of your plugins and remove the unnecessary ones. Badly implemented plugins, along with a poorly developed theme, play a major role in making your site slow.

  1. Use only reliable payment procedures. Unnecessary payment modules can make your customer wait for a long time before they can check out. Furthermore, unreliable solutions also can cause Magento security issues.

[Read: Some Common Magento Performance Issues & Solutions]

Magento Issue 3: Lack of Documentation

Both reviewers and competitors argue that Magento lacks documentation. In case of Magento Community Edition, this is sadly an ugly fact.

Magento is an open-source application with one of the biggest community of online contributors. They have turned Magento into a comprehensive and robust e-Commerce application. On the other hand, while Magento kept growing, the community failed to grab the chance of getting everything compiled in an organised manner.

Solutions:

  1. Dig deep into the resources provided by Magento. There are articles, ebooks, whitepapers and webinars on the official website that will help you understand Magento better.

  1. Attend Magento trainings. This will help you in getting familiar with the unique set of terminologies Magento has.

Like said earlier, if you’re not a developer and don’t know what you’re doing then such Magento issues can give you a lot pain. So make sure you’re going to a right way.

Final Word

Magento is an amazing piece of software. Most of the issues that are faced by store owners are due to their negligence for important factors, like scalability and caching.

Yes, there are several Magento issues in the Community Edition but a website owner need to make sure that they are continuously updating and optimizing their website.

Or, allow experts to handle Magento complexities if you are not good at it yourself. This will save you a lot of hassle.

At Cloudways, our team of experts can help you with any type of Magento issues. Visit our managed Magento hosting page or get a free consultation today!

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About Mehdi KaramAli

Mehdi KaramAli is an avid blogger and digital content producer at Cloudways. Apart from exploring new trends in the cloud, he keenly follows startups and is passionate about mountaineering.
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