The AeroArt website prior to this conversion was a showroom only site powered by ASP Classic and a Microsoft Access database. The site’s construction required the creation of a 2000-line conversion script to export the previous site’s data from MS Access into Magento’s MySQL format storing data in a EAV (element-attribute-value) structure.
Magento was selected as it provided the most flexibility on product display. The open source nature of the product combined with the large ecosystem of supporting plugins made it an ideal selection for this purpose. The design is fairly different from most stock magento themes and a fully custom theme had to be constructed.
To optimize order flow, I integrated the magento commerce flow into the AeroArt Quickbooks accounting systems along with a new electronic shipping system (replacing the previous paper-based structure).