Have you made the decision to build or replatform your eCommerce site to Magento Commerce? Smart move! Magento Commerce will allow your company to grow and thrive for many years to come.

But first, you’ll need to find the right Magento development company to partner with; here are five things to look for in a partner:

#1: Industry Expertise

Every industry sector poses unique challenges and opportunities that need to be explicitly addressed. A Home & Bedding site will have a completely different set of requirements than a Food & Beverage brand. Even within categories, price point, brand affinity, shipping options, and a host of other factors play a role in the customer’s decision-making process. It would help if you had a partner who understands the intricacies of your sector.

#2: A Methodology for Learning, Documenting and Meeting Your Business Objectives

Many shops offer Magento development services, but that’s not the same as providing services that will support your company over the long haul. You need a partner that has a discovery methodology for understanding your business and its goals—also, the needs of your customers.

#3: Magento Certification

It’s one thing to work with Magento and have a knowledge of PHP; it’s another to go through the rigorous process of becoming Magento certified. Magento offers several tiers of certificates designed to validate a developer’s real-world skills.

This is a great way to ensure your partner has the required Magento development and implementation services you need for the project to succeed.

#4: Development Time

How quickly do you need to launch a site or replatform an existing one? How do you know if the partner you choose will meet that timeframe?

All web development projects are based on milestones, and you should ask your developer about their strategy for meeting each deadline. A reputable developer will provide a timeline detailing each milestone and the expected time for completion.

#5: Ongoing Support

Does the Magento development company you’re considering offer managed services? The launch of your site is just the beginning. Unless you have an extensive internal technical team, you’ll need ongoing support for enhancements, performance optimization, server monitoring, security patches, bug diagnosis and fixes, and more.

The more you’re able to document your goals for your site, the more you can select a partner that is right for your company. This may take some work on your end, but it will deliver dividends long into the future.