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Client Interview
Oct 03 2017

Efficient Magento Development for Technical Agency


Ease of use: 
Willing to refer: 
the reviewer
Free version
IT Services
51-200 Employees
United Kingdom
Analytics Consultant, IT Consultancy
The Review

MageCloud is used as a testing and staging environment mainly that allows testing multiple version of Magento to find what fits best. It’s an ideal tool for medium-sized businesses thanks to its ease of use and hosting options.


Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a data and analytics consultant for a digital technical partner agency. We help our customers implement various technologies to help them achieve their business goals.

What challenge your company was facing that initiated the need for this platform?

We build a lot for Magento. One of the challenges we had was that we were building a module for a large technical platform and they needed the ability to test multiple versions of Magento, and do it in a way that was very easy for the distribution team as well.


Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

We looked at Amazon Web Services solutions and self-hosting, but because of the way MageCloud works, it made finding a solution easy to do. Also, because it has a skinning engine, we were able to rapidly test a lot of configurations very quickly as well as make everything completely decentralized. Instead of us having to spend time on a reset environment, we could deliver the whole thing solely from using MageCloud technology.

What type of client is an ideal candidate for MageCloud? Who should possibly avoid MageCloud?

Typically, big development firms maintain their own stacks and have a hosting provider. I’d say medium businesses would get the biggest benefit from using MageCloud for their staging environments to see all the changes before they actually go live. Also, because it has all kinds of plugins and such, it makes sense for them to use it as well. It seems very easy to use as opposed to most other tools we’ve tried.

What cost factors should clients keep in mind when considering this tool?

It’s important for people to understand that they’re using a cloud-based host. They also need to be open to pay extra for hosting costs or if they get a significant spurt in traffic. At the same time, they need to be able to monitor it and make sure it’s protected. It’s usually a case of building up your expertise, which MageCloud allows you to do very easily.


Can you share any success, metrics, or overall results of your implementation of this platform?

The time to rebuild, reset, and set up a new environment was taking between hours and days. As soon as we switched to MageCloud, that became minutes, which was a massive improvement. As a result, our feedback cycle has dramatically improved.


Were there any software features/tools that you were really impressed by?

It has a really simple user interface, which makes it easy to decide on what scale we want to run our environments at, as well as a very good graphical user interface. Just being able to spin up different versions of Magento, including Magento 1 or 2, and also having the option to have it pre-configured with the content is great. It’s also a good learning tool as well.

Looking back, are there any areas of the software that you feel could be added or improved upon?

We would’ve liked to have the ability to use something like a remote editing tool to edit the code directly. I haven’t seen anyone that has had an easy way of doing that as of yet, but I know there are services that are starting to talk about that type of thing. However, it was ideal for what we used it for.

Have you had to interact with the platform’s support team or reference their support resources?

I chatted with them several times on their instant messenger. I asked them some really stupid questions, but even then, they always seemed to be very responsive and didn’t make me feel too bad for asking silly things.

Overall Score We’re still using it, and we’ll carry on using it.
  • 5.0 Features
  • 4.0 Ease of Use
    It was still a new thing when I was using it.
  • 4.5 Support
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer
    I’d be happy to refer them.