It's Friday so it's time for the next Magento interview! This time we have the honor to learn more about Sherrie Rohde. Sherrie lives in Illinois, USA and works as a Multimedia Graphic Designer at Minerva Promotions. You can find here online on her website sherrierohde.com and connect with here on LinkedIn, Skype (kreativ.slr), Twitter or the Magento forum as sherrie where she is one of the forum moderators. So let's get started and meet Sherrie!
I think my strongest childhood daydream was to be an Olympian Gold Medalist whether it be for soccer, snowboarding or figure skating—the event seemed to change based on my stage in life.
Life is what you make of it, if you want to have an average life than by all means sit around and do nothing. I have huge goals so I work on myself daily whether it be through reading, association or simple steps along the way.
I start the day way too early (in my humble yet accurate opinion) but well caffeinated drawing pretty pictures at work. I code, too, but my favorite description of what I do is drawing pretty pictures. After work I generally am active for about an hour whether it's running, cross training or cycling. From there it varies depending on the day but I always find time to catch up with friends and be productive before falling asleep in a good book.
Anything I can still remember the next day that involves being with my friends.
Everything. I kid, sort of. I really believe I can accomplish pretty much everything I put my mind too, though. So I guess I'm good at problem solving and determination!
Sitting still. I'm pretty sure I have undiagnosed ADD. In fact, an online test told me so once.
I'm proud of who I am and who I am working towards being. I'm proud of my refusal to be average.
We needed a low cost e-commerce solution at work and I happened to be on a competitor's forum where someone threw in a plug for Magento. At this point the first stable release had not yet been made but I dove right in and got my hands dirty. By the time Magento was ready to launch, so were we.
Magento has proven to be a fantastic flexible solution to meet our constantly growing and changing needs.
Magento is not a click and go product. If you want to get dirty and have fun then by all means have a blast! Just don't expect to not do anything at all and then complain about it later. It is a learning curve, depending on your current knowledge, but it's totally worth it.
To be honest, Magento has all the features we currently need. The ones it lacks I've added in on my own.
Nothing really comes to mind.
Haha ... my own. :). I actually have two extensions. One of them allows store owners to enter multiple flat rate options for the customer to select from - alternatively this can be used to select pickup locations. The other extension allows the store owner to set a minimum quantity of items in the shopping cart required in order for the checkout button to be active.
The search functionality—it used to be so good, allowing you to pick which sections of the site to search (i.e. wiki, forums, etc), I don't know what happened to it. Also, the current captcha and I fight. A lot.
My future plans for Magento usage are to continually stay up to date with our installations at work while pursuing new innovative ways to use it for our needs as well as continual work with the Magento staff on various tutorial documents and forum moderation tasks.
...it gives you the flexibility to make it whatever you need it to be without the hassle of implementing core features upfront. Thanks Sherrie for your cooperation! Next time I'll interview Brent Peterson from Wagento Data Consulting LLC.
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Recently I've seen some (often absolute) statements going around, generally in the line of "open source commerce platforms are a terrible idea". Now of course different solutions always have different pros and cons.
A hierarchy of evidence (or levels of evidence) is a heuristic used to rank the relative strength of results obtained from scientific research. I've created a version of this chart/pyramid applied to CRO which you can see below. It contains the options we have as optimizers and tools and methods we often use to gather data.