Magento Review: Why Magento is Worth It… For Some
Boagworld recently published a Magento review on their blog. Boag writes while that “Magento is a powerful ecommerce system with a steep learning curve,” he stresses that developing an ecommerce solution needs to be about more than technology.
“When it comes to ecommerce I am platform agnostic. I care little about the underlying technology as long as it delivers an optimal user experience and tools that allow the store owner to run a streamlined and cost effective enterprise.”
Boag writes that whether the solution is self-built or not, all he really cares about is “the right tool for the job.”
“It’s not really great for the amateur PHP hobbyist either. The learning curve is steep, reflecting the power.”
Boag writes that there is no doubt that Magento is a serious ecommerce platform for store owners, featuring powerful reporting features, with the ability to handle complex discounting and vouchers and integration capabilities with other systems such as stock control and accounting. “In fact, based on our first experience of using the system it covers all of the bases any serious store owner would insist on.”
Boag also praises the Magento community, stating that “with so many contributors there is always somebody who has built a plugin or knows the answer to a specific problem. There are also books, blog posts and much more.”
In his comparison of the two versions of Magento’s software, Enterprise and Community, Boag lists the pros and cons of each.
“The enterprise version is not cheap but does come with improved functionality, better support and indemnity insurance.”
“The community version on the other hand has its active community and there is no guarantee the advice and plugins they provide will work with the enterprise version (although they normally do).”
Boag finishes his post with the thought that “it’s not [all] about the technology.”
“Magento is great, no doubt about it. However, it is important not get caught up in its features and functionality. As with choosing any piece of software you need to step back and ask what you need rather than what the software offers.”
Thankfully, there are companies like Hara that address users’ needs, with services like the NetSuite-Magento Connector. However, since Mr. Boag didn’t mention us in his post, we hope in the near future he might give us a shout-out for our good work.