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Aaron J.

Senior Magento Developer
9 years of experience

Accomplished Web Developer/ Designer & front-end developer with extensive experience building driven websites, Magento 1.9 and 2.0, HTML5, CSS3, J. . .

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Senior Magento Developer
17 years of experience

Experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology andservices industry for 15 years, focusing in Mage. . .

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Magento Developer
6 years of experience

A technology enthusiast, curious on how things work and how it is made. One who is constantly fascinated by it, which enables his curiosity to be stir. . .

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6 years of experience

Passionate, enthusiastic, goal oriented, very flexible, responsible, team player, honest, servant leader, and fast learner with unyielding self-motiva. . .

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Aaron J.

Senior Magento Developers
9 years of experience

Accomplished Web Developer/ Designer & front-end developer with extensive experience building driven websites, Magento 1.9 and 2.0, HTML5, CSS3, J. . .

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How much is the usual rate for Magento developers?

Illustrated below is the comparative table of the average annual and hourly local rates of Magento developers for hire from the United Kingdom and three other countries. All information about annual and hourly rates from these four countries are based on the Neuvoo and Glassdoor sites.


     Average Magento Developer’s Annual Salary       Average Magento Developer’s Hourly Rate   
   United Kingdom    GBP 38,076 GBP 19.53
   United States USD 102,500 USD 52.56
   Canada CAD 75,000 CAD 38.46
   Australia AUD 100,000 AUD 51.28


To be more efficient in operation costs and the recruitment process, a lot of startups and larger tech firms are utilising the services offered by IT sourcing providers.


Here at Cloud Employee, we understand the need for businesses to find alternative solutions that effectively reduce costs and time without sacrificing their expanding operations. To make IT outsourcing in the United Kingdom and throughout the globe more available, we offer competitive industry rates for the best offshore Magento developers for hire in the shortest amount of time possible.


For more information about outsourcing developers for your next software projects, here’s an insightful blog about offshore developer rates.

What interview techniques should you use to hire the best Magento developers?

When employing skilled Magento developers, it’s important to always remember that the goal of the interview is to evaluate your potential candidate’s abilities and understanding within the time of the interview.


Here are some insightful and practical tips for interview questions and techniques that you can apply to determine the best Magento developers for hire.


Pre-designed questions that help you evaluate more effectively
Regardless of how long the interview is held or how many questions are asked, it’s important to ask your potential Magento developer candidates inquiries that help you evaluate them with fixed criteria in mind. Design your questions that assess if the candidates meet or even exceed the criteria you have in mind.


For example: based on their answers to your questions, do they present certain signs that indicate they can fit well in your company’s values and culture? Do they meet the competencies and expectations of the role?


With this in mind, you can ascertain some important points aside from the examples mentioned above.


One, ask about the Magento candidate’s previous projects. To specify, ask them questions about the technicalities of their past projects; how they maintained everything to work smoothly, and how they troubleshoot any problems that arose throughout the duration of the project. These questions help you assess how well the interviewee can explain technical concepts, and how understandable it is from a non-technical person’s standpoint.


Two, posing questions in an open-ended format helps you assess the candidates' communication skills. This shows another layer of your interviewee aside from what is listed on their resumes.


Another important thing to note is the non-verbal cues throughout the interview. These cues also help you evaluate the developer’s soft skills through their body language, eye contact, posture, and use of hand gestures. It’s a quick way to assess the candidate’s level of confidence and how comfortable they are in public speaking or being the centre of attention.


Conduct Technical Tests
Testing the potential Magento developer candidates by conducting technical tests is the most practical and effective way to assess the depth of their knowledge, experience, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Let them take online programming tests as this efficaciously help in expediting the assessment process. It’s very important to be thorough and efficient when vetting potential developers. It's the wisest choice to hire someone who is more than qualified at face value; a Magento developer that knows how to assess the given situation or problem, to think it through before they troubleshoot.


Here are some sample questions and challenges that you can ask your candidates.


Q: In Magento 1, how can you modify the behaviour and extend the Magento 1 core functionality? (If there are multiple ways, explain their differences, and advantages and disadvantages.

A: There are three ways to override core functionalities:


  • Monkey patches; Magento 1 loads modules in a specific order, you can override the modules located in the core and community code pools by copying them into the local code pool. In that case, you will rewrite the whole class. This is the least preferred method.
  • Rewriters; you can rewrite a function by specifying a class in your configuration file to rewrite an existing class. In this case, you can extend the parent class and rewrite only one function.
  • Observers; Magento 1 throws events when specific actions are done. If there is an event that is thrown before or after the action you want to interact with, you can intercept it and modify it. This is the most preferred method.


Q: What does EAV mean? What are the advantages and disadvantages of it, and how does Magento 1 address the issues associated with it?

A: EAV is an abbreviation for entity-attribute-value. It is the way customers, products and address data are stored in Magento’s database. In order to retrieve information about a customer, you will need to query three tables.


For example, you need to get the date of birth of a customer. You need to retrieve the information by querying the customer_entity table, and then the dob attribute ID in the eav_attribute table, and finally use both the entity ID and attribute ID in order to retrieve the data in the customer_entity_datetime table.


While this makes it complicated to retrieve a value and requires multiple calls, it makes the system very flexible and allows the user to change the attributes, adding and removing them easily without having to modify the database schema.


In order to make data retrieval faster, Magento 1 uses flat tables that are regenerated using indexes; it allows you to retrieve some values querying only this table.


The efficiency and usability of this model are debatable and is still a subject of great discussion between pro- and anti-EAV camps.


Q: What are the problems with the following code in a .phtml file:

$products = Mage::getModel('catalog_products')
->addFieldToFilter('price' ['>' => 100]);
<h1>Our products less than $100:</h1>
foreach ($products as $product) {
echo '<li>' . $product->getName() . '</li>';


A: Loading a model in a template file is bad practice. The template should be for representational logic only. Respect the MVC architecture.


The title should be translated:

<h1><?php echo $this->__('Our products less than $100') ?> :</h1>


The attribute “name” is not selected:



The correct model name is catalogue/product and not catalog_products.


The correct expression for addFieldToFilter is :

->addFieldToFilter('price', ['lt' => 100]);


Here is a corrected version:


Block class:

Class Toptal_Test_Block_Demo extends Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_Abstract {
public function getProductsLessThan($price){
return Mage::getModel('catalog/product')
->addFieldToFilter('price', ['lt' => $price]);


Template file:

<?php $price = 100 ?>
<h1><?php echo $this->__('Our products less than %s', Mage::helper('core')->currency($price , true, false)) ?> :</h1>
/** @var Mage_Catalog_Model_Product $product */
foreach ($this->getProductsLessThan($price) as $product) {
echo '<li>' . $product->getName() . '</li>';


There are other issues related to visibility, output formatting, base currency, etc. that you should also be careful about.


Q: In Magento 2, what are the different deploy modes and what are their differences?



In this mode, all the files in pub/static/ are symlinks to the original file. Exceptions are thrown and errors are displayed in the front end. This mode makes pages load very slowly, but makes it easier to debug, as it compiles and loads static files every time. The cache can still be enabled.



This default is enabled out-of-the-box. It is a state in between production and developer, as the files are generated when they are needed. I.e. CSS files are generated using several LESS files in several locations. These files will be generated only when they are needed by the front end, and will not be generated again the next time they are needed.



This mode should be enabled for all Magento 2 websites in production, as all the required files are generated and placed in the pub/static folder.


Q: What are the different ways of enhancing the performance of Magento?

A: There are several ways with which we can enhance the performance in Magento, some of them are listed below:


  • Disable any unused modules
  • Enable Magento caching
  • Optimise images
  • Disable Magento log
  • Combine external CSS/JS into a single file
  • MySQL query caching
  • Enable gzip compression


Q: What are the unique advantages of Magento MVC architecture when building a site?

A: Magento follows PHP MVC (Model-View-Controller) application architecture. Model View Controller design pattern is used to keep the code modular and clean to assist in programming (keep things separate).


It divides a given software application into three interconnected parts, so as to separate internal representations of information from the ways that information is presented to or accepted from the user.


The central component, the model, consists of application data, business rules, logic and functions. A view can be any output representation of information, such as a chart or a diagram.


Multiple views of the same information are possible, such as a bar chart for management and a tabular view for accountants.


The third part, the controller, accepts input and converts it to commands for the model or view.

How can Cloud Employee help you?

As one of the finest IT offshore service providers, Cloud Employee helps businesses, both startups to large companies, from across a broad spectrum of industries to venture into profitable possibilities and grow their enterprises. As your outsourcing partner, we help you connect with the best offshore Magento developers for hire here in the Philippines with our simple, fast and risk-free processes.


To start hiring the best offshore Magento developers, simply contact us and send your IT staff requirements such as your preferred level of technical knowledge and skills, years of experience, to name a few. Then, our team of dedicated recruitment officers conduct a custom local search for skilled Magento developers for hire; afterwards, we endorse a shortlist of the best and most qualified candidates and you get to personally handpick whom you want to further interview and invite to technical tests. After evaluation, you choose which of the best Magento developers will board your team. All in all, our custom recruitment process helps you employ your offshore team with no recruitment fees.


Your offshore Magento developer team works exclusively for you and at your preferred hours as if they were a part of your in-house developer team. This working arrangement assures that your offshore Magento developer team becomes an effective member of your company.


As your dependable outsourcing partner, our services do not stop after the recruitment process. We make sure that your offshore Magento developer is provided with full daily IT support; the necessary hardware, software, and fast internet connectivity here at our modern offices guarantee your team gets the work done. Cloud Employee also handles general Human Resources, admin matters, licensing permits, payroll taxes and other back-office tasks so you can prioritise managing and running your team, and your company’s growth.


Your skilled offshore Magento developer can help your online business with Magento 1 template customisation, theme and custom extensions development, data migration, secure payment integration, and more. Our expert Magento developers are also skilled in other related technologies such as PHP, SQL, MySQL, WordPress, Drupal, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, SSL.

What is the dedicated Developer model?

The Dedicated Developer Model assimilates the dedicated offshore team you selected with your existing developer team, substantially diminishing the likelihood of any miscommunication and allowing the offshore Magento developers’ team to seamlessly become a part of the project’s infrastructure and design.


Due to its flexible nature, it’s considered as one of the best engagement models. You can request for tech talents, resources, and types of equipment at any given time corresponding to the requirements of the project. The Dedicated Developer Model allows the in-house team to scale up or down with relative ease.


Another important thing to take note is the payment method. Tailored for your convenience, you would only have to pay once and this already includes the offshore team member’s monthly salary and the outsourcing provider’s service fee.




  • Perfect for long-term projects, especially for those with constantly changing project scope and undefined specifications.
  • Great for short-term projects with definite scope and details.
  • Predictable budget despite an indefinite project scope.
  • You will have full access and control over the whole recruitment process, selection of candidates, and management of the offshore team.
  • Product quality can be monitored, assessed and guaranteed.
  • The offshore team gains more in-depth knowledge and understanding of the client’s objectives, goals, standards, and expectations.
  • The offshore team exclusively works for you throughout the project scope.


At Cloud Employee, your dedicated team of Magento developers works exclusively for you, and at the office hours, you prefer. This means that both you and the offshore team can work together at the same time and reduce any miscommunication issues that might arise and any foreseeable inconveniences. Your offshore Magento development team also use your preferred software, tools and standards, making them a more effective and efficient part of your team.


Incorporating the Dedicated Hiring Model and Cloud Employee’s extensive experience in the IT outsourcing industry, our team came up with a business model that is truly unique and effective. Our business model has made the recruitment process a lot more simple; it made working practices more flexible and bridged the talent gap effectively—all for a competitive industry rate. Cloud Employee believes our business model works better than any of its IT outsourcing competition.

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