Odoo Customization is a very Specialized one that requires a Solid-Degree of Odoo development Experience to get the finest of results. Odoo Customization consists of various sessions of development which will generally require a smaller or greater level of website development expertise & resources.
When addressing Odoo Customization the first and foremost basic form is what we may often refer to as ‘template tuning’. This is the process of taking an existing functional Odoo template and Customizing it in a small way to achieve the artistic modifications that are required to customize the template to suit ones needs. Most often, this will involve changing the logo, images, banners, headers, various links, and the likes in order to mold the Odoo template to suit the context of the Odoo website being implemented.
As needed this is the very basic form of Odoo Customization as it only involves with minor & very silly changes to the Odoo template without actually requiring the Odoo template or system to be modified in depth or to be Customized in any way. This form of Odoo Customization is generally the cheapest even though it is quickest & an east to-do one. In fact most Odoo Customizations are done this way and can be performed by the end-client themselves assuming they have some basic website development or Odoo development experience or other third party service providers. Even-though such changes are common, we strongly recommend that they are done by experienced Odoo developers to ensure a stable Odoo implementation and to guarantee that the website have been modified above the mark.
This method of Odoo Customization is the quickest form of Customization and will allow clients to enter the market with a fully functional E-commerce store even within days. This offers clients an excellent opportunity to experience the benefits of E-commerce giving them access to a very powerful and successful E-commerce application at a very small entry fee. It is a very safe and cost effective way for small, medium and even larger businesses to leverage E-commerce particularly Odoo in their online initiatives and operations at a fraction of the cost and with minimum risk.
Odoo with basic Customizations
Simply taking a fully functional Odoo template and Customizing it immediately for suiting the branding requirements of the business. This makes sense for many businesses especially startups or those who wants to measure the depths of E-commerce before-handedly committing to greater resources. This is also ideal for those businesses with a minimum budget that desire a professional E-commerce presence but lack the resources to implement it. Implementing Odoo with basic Customizations will suit their needs and allow them to set up a professional and highly functional E-commerce store with no time to loose.
As we have briefly seen there are obviously various benefits in basic Odoo Customization but there may also be some potential disadvantages. The first & foremost fact is that the end result of the Odoo-store-front and website presence (E-commerce store) is that, Once implemented it may have a ‘cookie cut’ feel when previewed which is sometimes undesirable. This results come into action as the Odoo template is not based on a custom design on the exact business nature and requirements, but rather a predefined template structure that has been adopted with some minor changes. Despite this we strongly feel this need-not be the case. If the apt Odoo template is selected from the outset and the template customizations performed are done professionally following tasteful design principles, It is still possible to achieve an excellent end-result, the look gives a clear-cut professional attractiveness.
Some of the potential disadvantages of template turning when it comes to Odoo Customization includes:
If the design Customization are not done professionally, with good design taste your E-commerce store may end up looking rather dull and your competitors may easily ascertain the platform which you have utilized for your E-Commerce store. If the template changes are very basic, your website may end up looking ‘Dime-a-Dozen’. A very similar one to other websites.
Generally companies that are not well experienced in Odoo Customization will dominate to this end of the Odoo Design & Development market also there is a higher possibility that you will use the services of a provider who does not meet the standard level of professional development standards. Truly this is not the case always, and I am just making a statement from our Clint experience. We simply recommended that you do keep this in mind as the changes when making simple Odoo Customizations are not that complex and can be done relatively quickly. Odoo is a system that requires special attention and treatment to ensure its stability, quality, security and operational integrity.
Some of the advantages of basic ‘template tuning’ when customizing Odoo includes:
A business can go to the market quickly with their E-commerce website
Small up-front investment
There is generally a great degree of stability in using a previously developed and established Odoo template that has been repeatedly used, tested and implemented, unlike when designing and developing a Odoo template from scratch, needs to get developed first and then go through a process of quality assurance. Previously existing templates are generally stable and efficient, which is a huge advantage.
Leveraging a stable standards based on Odoo template allows you to experiment with E-commerce with out making a significant up-front investment. As mentioned above, if this is done in a clear-cut professional way it is a very effective strategy. This can be done without compromising the quality and professionalism. Tuning a Odoo template can result in a very attractive and professional website presence if done by the right people.
The other type of Odoo Customization can be referred to as ‘Custom Odoo Template Development & Integration’. This involves the process of taking a custom designed Odoo store-front template and integrating into the Odoo E-commerce platform with out making Odoo-core system file modifications or developing custom code with extensions to address the functional requirements of the site. Essentially it is the process of custom ‘skinning’ a Odoo-store by working with in the given Odoo E-commerce front-end framework.
Odoo development and template integration experience
This involves a greater process of Odoo Customization and experience which includes the process of taking a custom designed Odoo template and developing into a fully functional Odoo store template. This process is much more complicated and thus a greater degree of experience in Odoo development is required from the developer or company commissioned to do the work. Unlike the ‘template tuning’ process of Odoo Customization were the existing functional template is used and simply ‘tuned’ to suite the client-needs, this type of Odoo Customization requires integrating the custom design template directly into the Odoo front-end system files to create a completely new fresh look & feel. It is slightly involved and it requires a complete integration process. The complexity of this process requires professional Odoo development and Odoo Implementation services as well as a degree of strong Odoo development and template integration experience.
This process is required when a business is setting up E-commerce store that requires a unique store look and feel that is custom designed to meet their requirements. The process is made more complex and involved because one is actually required to code the custom design template into Odoo from scratch. This is a more costly process because there is more work involved in it.
While many 3rd party service providers will both Design & Develop the custom Odoo template, offering a complete service, often at this point there will be a separation of tasks. In many cases a designer will design the custom Odoo templates and will then commission the services of a professional integrator to correctly develop the customized Odoo template into the Odoo Commerce platform as well as configure the E-commerce store.
The main advantage when undertaking Odoo Customization that involves ‘Custom Odoo Template Development and Integration’ is the fact that one will achieve the end result they desire, a custom designed and developed E-commerce presence to suit their exact corporate identity and aesthetic requirements.
Another advantage is that the client can choose both the designer and the developer ensuring that they both receive a highly professional set of templates also the best in Odoo template integration and development services. Further more, the division of these critical tasks can also result in a significant cost saving as the design can be done in house, or even sourced from a designer, and have the developer selected separately.
One of the potential disadvantages stems form the fact that custom development is involved. This could lead to potential bugs and Integration Quality assurance which matters if it is not done correctly. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that service providers commissioned to perform the development work are selected carefully based on their proven Odoo Customization and development ability with experience. Selecting the right professional to work with will eliminate this potential disadvantage.
Odoo Customization Summary
In Summary, this type of Odoo Customization involves the custom presentation layer of Odoo only while involving with the new ways in presenting the Odoo front-end through custom template. Designs that are not based on previously designed templates and does not include development that influences the Odoo core system. This brings us to the more complex, advanced and complex level of Odoo customization.
The other general type of Odoo Customization is what can be refereed to as ‘Odoo System Services and Development’. A detailed explanation of this process is beyond the scope of this article, but essentially this involves the process of undertaking Odoo development that influences the core Odoo commerce system. This may include custom extension or module creation, development or modification, systems integration, and other types of Odoo core system development. This is the most complex type of Odoo Customization which requires professional services and Odoo expertise.
This type of Odoo Customization is required when one desires to incorporate, create or modify the existing Odoo functionality to achieve the desired end-result either from the Odoo front-end or back-end. For the purposes of this article on Odoo Customization I have purposefully generalized this service area. The reason is the fact that all such services do and may require advanced Odoo development knowledge, but as mentioned for the sake of this article I have summarized it here. One might state that installing an existing Odoo extension is not that difficult and thus it doesn’t technically fall under our general ‘Odoo System Services and Development’ classification. But please understand that this is grouped this away for information and also educational purposes so that people can get an idea of the general areas of Odoo customization that exist.
For example, installing a Odoo community extension is not that complicated and even some one without a high degree of Odoo development experience can probably do so with some good and detailed instructions. However, as has been the case in our experience, what if that extension was to cause some serious problems, or cause the website to go down, or even alter the way another process functions? This then becomes a Odoo system services and development issue. Hence I have just generally and briefly categorized what I feel are the 3 (three) general types of Odoo customization areas and services.
Summarizing the levels of Odoo customization we already discussed:
It is the simple process of taking an existing fully functional Odoo template and making some changes, were really no code or critical foundational front-end or back-end changes are to be made.
The process of taking a brand new Odoo template in the form of a design and completely integrating it into a functional Odoo-store front-end template with out making any code or any significant programming related changes to Odoo system or back-end. It can be done only by interacting with the front-end presentation layer of Odoo.
The process of Odoo Customization that involves modifying or influencing the nature of the standard core-Odoo system in someway or another is to achieve ones presentation, Presentation & Functional objectives either from the front-end or back-end.
Finally, we come to know that a Odoo Customization process may often involve different degrees of all three types of Odoo Customization levels.