You’re launching your online business and you’ve decided to go with Magento as your eCommerce platform. Great choice! It’s an amazing, fully customizable, and powerful tool that will help you meet all the needs of your digital storefront.
That being said, Magento isn’t something that you can just use straight out-of-the-box. It’s fairly complex to set up and tailor-fit for your own unique business needs. For this reason, it’s highly recommended you contact 121ecommerce to help get you started.
A great agency will be able to create an amazing looking website with all the functionalities you need. They’ll oftentimes stay on retainer and make sure your site is kept up-to-date with any new security updates and to implement any new extensions you may require as your business grows.
You may think you can just get a single freelance developer for much cheaper online. While this is true, with an agency you’re getting a whole team of people who are experts in different aspects of website development. They will be able to get more done in a shorter amount of time, even if the freelancer is an absolute pro. In case the freelancer isn’t quite a whiz, you may have issues down the road having a single person building your architecture, maintaining it, and doing quality control. A team will bring a wide array of experiences to the table to ensure you get what you need in a timely manner.
So you’re confident you want to go with Magento and you know you will need a team to help you put together the absolute best eCommerce site, but how do you pick the best agency? We looked at a number of different factors and arrived at a list of 7 of the best agencies out there to help you make your decision.
121eCommerce is a great all-around agency for Magento development. The team has over a decade of Magento experience and hundreds of very satisfied clients, including big names like Chrysler. They are headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and have an experienced team of Magento trained and certified developers. These guys simply live and breathe Magento. Be it new website development, Magento recovery, or custom extension, 121eCommerce will bring tons of knowledge and expertise to the table when approaching your project.
What really makes 121eCommerce stand out is its high level of transparency and open communication channels. You’re building up your digital storefront, so you need to be confident knowing you can call up your development team, check-in whenever you need, and get quick answers to your queries. There’s full disclosure throughout the process and no surprises in the fine print.
We’d be remiss not to also mention that they were awarded Magento Commerce: Emerging Solution Partner of the Year for 2020 by Adobe, which owns Magento. Last, but not least, people really enjoy working at 121eCommerce. While many agencies can make extensions and customize your back-end, few can boast 100% CEO approval on Glassdoor and great company culture. Having an enthusiastic and happy team is really important when looking to commit to an agency long-term.
Creatuity is experts in Magento, especially when it comes to migration. Starting off from scratch is one thing, but moving to a new platform and transferring all your front-end content, back-end sales history, and extensions can cause major headaches if not done properly. Creatuity specializes in back-end integrations that will ensure your site scales with your business’s growth.
With over 10 years of experience and over 400 Magento projects under their belt, this team is one of the largest that is also Magento 2 certified.
That being said, according to Glassdoor, there are many unhappy employees working at Creatuity. Poor leadership and lack of harmony within a team is not ideal when you’re looking to build a long-lasting relationship with an agency that will help your eCommerce grow over time.
#3: Classy Llama
A close third in the world of Magento development is Classy Llama, which is most known for being among the top contributors to the Magento 2 codebase. They have over a decade of experience and have launched over 120 full eCommerce sites and built over 500 customizations and extensions.
They specialize in full-service Magento sites, and, being from the Midwest, are especially focused on the auto industry and B2B commerce. However, if your business focus is B2C, then this may not be Classy Llama’s niche.
#4: Something Digital
Something Digital puts the human at the center of their creations, which is definitely what you want when it comes to your eCommerce site. You’re building a site for people to use, so you want to always make everything work intuitively and smoothly to ensure that no one is dropping off due to technical issues or frustration with the site UX. With this agency, your site is sure to look amazing and unique—ensuring you stand out from your competitors.
Besides offering Magento as an option, they also work with Shopify. This means that their focus isn’t 100% Magento like some of our higher-ranked agencies.
With customers praising DCKAP for their high level of customer service and expertise, they’re definitely a powerhouse in the realm of eCommerce. With over a decade of experience, the team has the know-how to build up a unique, fully customized Magento site that will look slick and stand out.
However, DCKAP does its development in India which means poor timezone alignment, high turnover on your development team and lower quality standards. Additionally, they specialize in B2B and wholesale, so they will be able to recommend the top integration solutions and enable you to offer customized products to suit your needs. That being said, if you’re not in the wholesale sector, or a manufacturer or distributor, DCKAP may not be the optimal choice in your case. Especially if your site is consumer-oriented, you will likely find a better fit with another agency that is better suited for B2C sites.
Pro Product Web Development, or PPWD, has been in the eCommerce and Digital Marketing spheres since the terms weren’t even known by most people, back in the last century, 1999! Having a marketing and eCommerce development agency in one means they will be able to build your site optimally for SEO and train your team on best practices on things like pixels, remarketing, and keyword strategies.
PPWD builds up sites using Shopify and BigCommerce, in addition to Magento. Having experience on multiple platforms and with marketing gives them a well-rounded approach, but also means they’re not focusing on Magento development exclusively.
With a team of over 240, Absolunet is a heavy hitter when it comes to eCommerce. These guys go beyond eCommerce development and can provide you with an online marketing plan, eCommerce business plan, eCommerce transformation, and consulting. Once your business is operational, Absolunet stays with you and helps you grow various parts of your business, while constantly working to keep your site updated and maintained to the highest level.
Again, it’s great that they are able to touch on so many aspects of your online business and advise on strategy, but it also means they’re a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. They’re not fully focused on eCommerce platform development and they don’t live and breathe Magento.
There are some great agencies in the world of Magento eCommerce to choose from. It’s a tough choice that requires you to consider what matters most for you. Are you looking for an all-around eCommerce advisor agency or someone who is a specialist in Magento? Are you just looking for someone to build up a site or a team to help you maintain it over time? And finally, are you B2B or B2C?