The Importance of Association Membership
The Adobe Commerce/Magento Open Source community spans the globe and includes over 300,000 people. Membership in the Magento Association (MA) provides this community with a way to meet and network with Magento merchants and developers worldwide. Members can also take advantage of discounts, early access to new product releases, educational resources, and more. In addition, members of the community have the opportunity to participate in events, vote on board positions, and access members-only content. By joining MA, you are able to elevate your career through networking, training, and development.
MA also maintains a Membership Committee to oversee and ensure that the offerings and opportunities for members are consistently reviewed and updated. Here’s an idea of what the current Membership Committee is up to:
- Developing more proactive communication to members about association governance and progress
- Promoting key association activities and initiatives across channels:
- Board Elections
- Free and Paid Membership
- Webinars (sponsored and association-led)
- Proceed to Checkout podcast and Commerce Co-Op blog
- MA Connect events
- Town Halls
- Supporting sponsor communications/fulfillment
Why Is it Essential to be a Member of the Magento Association?
Becoming a member of MA is the best way to collaborate with other Magento professionals, which leads to tremendous success for everyone, MA is a community through which you can exchange ideas and give input into initiatives that help us grow. As a member, you will be surrounded by intelligent people who care about what they do and want to share their knowledge with others to make things better for all of us.
We have done this for years as part of Meet Magento events, Magento Forums, and StackExchange, which demonstrates that our community has always been a place for all Magento developers and users to get their questions answered. By becoming an MA member now, you can collaborate on new ideas and test proof-of-concept initiatives. The biggest reason you need to join MA is to ensure your voice is heard. Members have an opportunity to vote in Board of Directors elections, and also have a say in the broader community.
How Does Being Part of MA Help Me?
Maybe a better way to phrase this question is: How can I help the Magento community? If you’re reading this, you are already involved. And, if you’re reading this and you’re not already a member, we would ask, "Why not?" When you give back to the user community, you get ten-fold back. Being part of MA is your chance to be part of a broader narrative that is helping to shape the future of Adobe Commerce/Magento Open Source.
What Are the Benefits of Being a Member of MA?
As a member, you will have access to great content, events, and training. But, to be honest and transparent, we need your help to know what you want from the community!
Some new benefits the Membership Committee is considering include:
- Voting rights
- A Magento Member badge
- A Magneto Membership badge for when you misspell things
- Access to members-only partner discounts
- Event discounts
- Training opportunities
Share your thoughts with us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @MagentoAssoc.
If you have not yet, join now! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. There are exciting times ahead for the Magento Association. Leadership and volunteers hear a lot about things that are happening behind the scenes, and, as your Membership Committee, we are committed to being open and transparent about what is happening (so definitely keep your eyes peeled to the Magento Momentum monthly newsletter for updates).