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What's your honest opinion on Magento?

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  1. eshber

    eshber Registered Member

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    Hi guys

    I'm looking to set up an ecommerce website and taking payments via paypal. I was originally looking at using Wordpress but couldn't find the right theme. Then I stumbled across Magento, which I never even heard of. What's your honest opinion about Magento? Having read some of the threads on BHW, i know that you have to get a VPS and that setting up the site can be extremely costly. Is this correct?
     
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    Yeah, would love to hear some comments on this too....it looks good on their site though!
     
  3. Bubba

    Bubba Newbie

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    I just started playing around with this. You don't need a VPS or anything crazy, in fact I was able to install it using simple scripts through my Hostmonster account - took 5 minutes. Looks pretty cool, now just need to figure out what to do with it.
     
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    Do you think everyone's praise on every other thread wasn't honest?
     
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    bigballin6161 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Ya I don't know much about it but it is suppose to be the best for e commerce.
     
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    everest2012 Junior Member

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    How secure is Magento? That would be my number one question. As long as it is easy to set up and the pages load fast it would be a good choice. Security and speed are necessary especially if you have a large inventory.
     
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    Magento is the best e-commerce platform imo. It's secure and fast.. you don't have to pay anything because it's free. The only downside as I understand is the learning curve.. it's a bit tricky to learn all the things in admin in the beginning.

    PS. You don't need a VPS to run it.. just a hosting account!

    John
     
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    Magento if you know what you are doing and want something a little more advanced.
    Prestashop if you are newbie and need something easier to use
    WordPress if you are not serious and only have few products to list
     
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    Everything looks very sleek and much more advanced than the other platforms out there. The mobile shop option is great too; my client on another platform had to pay a ton out of pocket to get his shop converted to mobile.
     
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    Yeah, Magento is great...As long as you don't intend on buying custom templates for them because they go for $70-$90.
     
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    Can someone speak about how secure Magneto is pls?
     
  12. caspka

    caspka Registered Member

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    Take if from a web developer, magento is great but not for small sites, if you have 300+ products then yes, is the most secure one, it comes with a lof of functionality but it will kill your shared server oance you get some traffic, it will take a lot of time to learn it, is highly inflexible and there are no free plugins, like wordpress.
     
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    u might take a look at oscommerce also i have a client that uses that and has pretty good luck with it
     
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    ibmethatswhoib Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    So what do you guys recommend for a smaller site? I'm starting out a small t-shirt company and have looked into Magento but the templates are pretty expensive and I hear I probably won't need to learn all that for a small ecommerece site. So what should I use? I saw opencart and some other opensource ecommerce sites, just not sure what direction to go with so many options.


     
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    I use magento on two of my stores. The only think I didn't like about it is you cannot print a packing slip until you already marked an order as shipped. Which was a problem for me since I forward packing slips to my distributors to dropship. But I was able to find a 3rd party plugin to correct the issue.

    Cheers!
     
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    I use WP e-Commerce from getshopped.org for my smaller clients. It does everything you'll need it to do. You can get the hang of templates.

    Omg lol, but props for being from Houston. ;)
     
  18. eshber

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    Do you host your site with Magento also? If so, which hosting package did you choose as i believe they have different types. Are you using Magento Go?

    What plugin did you find as the site I'm looking to create is also for dropship items.

    A local web developer has quoted me £750 to create a template and set everything up for me. Would you say this was a pretty decent price?

    Thanks
     
  19. eshber

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    Btw I'm only going to be selling around 80 products.
     
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    Local developers usually charge a lot. Better get it done through a freelance site like e-lance etc.
    You can buy great magento templates for around 80 $ on sites like templatemonster etc. It is pretty easy to install a theme. If you know how to install wordpress, U can do this too. Most hosting companies with Cpanel offer Magento auto-install scripts.
    Also, even though he says he will set it up for you(not so hard) , you will still have to familiarize yourself with Magento Admin panel and options which might take some time.(will take up the bulk of your time)

    For less than 100 products (and hence low $ turnover) you might save yourself some headache and check out the easier alternatives (which have a few less features) like WooCommerce , prestashop etc.
     
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