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A Guide for Starting Your Career as an E-Commerce Developer

Yuliia Pronko | September 30, 2020

Imagine working as a successful e-commerce web developer and gaining valuable experience with mastering popular web development tools and platforms such as Laravel, Typo3, JavaScript, HTML, and PHP. If you are interested in achieving this goal as a front-end or back-end e-commerce developer, you can pursue this as a career.

However, becoming a developer is not as difficult as most people think, and the benefits you achieve when you start your career are amazing. So let’s discuss why becoming a web developer is important for you.

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As we can see, the e-commerce industry is flourishing increasingly, becoming an expert in e-commerce web development can provide you with various opportunities. Many students who wanted to pursue their careers as web developers found it challenging to master courses. But if they are heading the right way, they won’t experience as much difficulty. Nonetheless, you need to start a career as a web developer somewhere. Hence, let's go over how you can start a career in e-commerce web development:

Front End Developer

In front end development, a developer practices the use of JavaScript, CSS, and HTML to create unique web applications. They implement visual elements in a web application that you view and interact with. A back end developer supports the front-end developer. They are responsible for the integration and logic of the application on the server-side, which supports the work of the front end developer.

To understand front end better, we can say that a front end developer creates just about all the websites you browse. Yes, that includes this website. In website development, one of the most accessible paths is the front end. However, it can also be the most challenging one.

Technology developers use to create e-commerce websites is constantly changing. To come out on top, developers have to adapt to these changes and upgrade their skills so they can practice the latest methods and techniques. This may be tiresome for some beginners, but once you spend one to two years in development, you will realize how easy it is.

A front-end developer can optimize storefront customization, transform, and extend the appearance of the storefront, create and customize themes such as CSS, layouts, templates, and other components with Magento 2.

Responsibilities of a Front End Developer

If you are wondering what a front end developer for e-commerce really does, then you should know that:

  • They are responsible for designing the structure and design of the web page.
  • They enhance the experience of the user by developing relevant features.
  • They tend to draw a balance between aesthetic and functional design.
  • They ensure that the web design is capable of running on a Smartphone.
  • They also build codes that can be changed for future usage.
  • They optimize the web pages for scalability and the best speed.
  • They use various mark-up languages for diversification of web pages.
  • They keep the product and brand consistency in the whole design.

Back End Developer

Back end is another component of web development. When the audience visits an e-commerce website, whatever they see is due to the efforts of a front end developer. Meanwhile, a back end web developer connects different systems together behind the scenes. Just like with the front end, working as aback end developer is not an easy task either. The quality of the experience a user feels on the website is thanks to back end programming.

The role of a back end developer is to concentrate on details such as effective code writing, scripting, and website architecture. This works as a source of communication between the browsers that the audience uses and the website’s database.

A back-end developer can install and arrange new extensions, work on installing, customizing, and developing modules. They optimize the performance and speed of the e-commerce website, upgrade new security packs, and much more with Magento 2.

Responsibilities of a Back End Developer

If you are pursuing a career as a back end developer, you will be responsible for:

  • Managing and implementing the database
  • Analyzing and compiling the data that the website generates.
  • Optimizing the performance of the e-commerce website such as page loading, the functionality of the search, etc.
  • Troubleshooting the errors and issues of the performance where needed.
  • Collaborating with the front end developer and the entire team to make sure that the back end is working according to the need.
  • Keeping the industry trends, best practices, and programming language up to date.
  • Improving infrastructure of the website with new and innovative methods.


How to Become a Developer?

Becoming a developer is not difficult when you have a passion for the field. Here are some simple steps you can follow to become a developer:

  1. Get Informed

To get more information, you need to read books and articles dedicated to web development. You will develop skills in various coding languages by knowing how things work. You can also search for different experts on YouTube to expand your learning experience.

This involves learning about software and applications you require to build the front end and back end of the e-commerce website, such as Node.js, JavaScript, etc. You need to learn how to run integration and unit tests, create custom modules, and the n-level hierarchy of templates with developing tools such as Magento 2.

  1. Practice

You may have heard the saying, ‘practice makes perfect.’ Web development is somewhat similar, except you need a lot of practice. Start small and build parts of the user interface piece by piece, before expanding slowly. It is okay to make mistakes at the start, so don‘t worry. Sometimes, errors can teach a lot, and learning from them can improve your performance.

  1. Enhance Your Skills You can find plenty of tools, tutorials, and open-source projects online. You can seek help with resources such as Bootstrap, CSS Layout, free CodeCamp, Vue.js, etc. These tools help you master the field without having to spend a lot of money. You can easily access these tools through the internet and boost your web development knowledge.

  2. Take a Course

You can take front end and back end development courses. You can learn under experienced teachers in an amazing environment at various institutions. You can attend classes from an institution or join online courses at your convenience.

  1. Get an Internship

After learning the skills involved in the development, it is now time to become a junior web developer. You will learn new skills when working under-skilled and professional people, and that is why you need to start a career as an intern or junior developer. You will earn less in the beginning, but at this stage, you need to develop your skills instead of focusing on a salary package. As your knowledge and skills improve, you will begin earning more.

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