Magento Open Source (formerly Community Edition)

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Magento OS review by <span>William F.</span>
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"End of the Road for Self-Hosted E-commerce Solutions?"

What do you like best?

Clearly, as an e-commerce solution that you can configure and design to your heart's content, Magento Community edition has a lot to recommend it. There's a lot of plugins, wide support and resources available out there, and a lot of existing customers. To have a reasonably close to enterprise standalone e-commerce solution, it isn't terrible. It has a lot of decent features that check the box for most basic store needs.

What do you dislike?

Reporting is pretty basic and can't be customized in any way.

Using it as a self-hosted solution has its share of concerns including security and updates. No matter who you are a business, you are at risk of having your instance tolled and probed for weaknesses if you aren't 100% up to date. These days, the risk of being compromised is so great, you have to ask yourself if it's a good idea anymore to be using a solution that you have to host yourself, instead of a cloud solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We brought e-commerce online in a relatively short period of time and have kept it running quite successfully for a long time.

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Magento OS review by <span>Rikin P.</span>
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"Fantastic for control freaks and tekkies"

What do you like best?

Scalability.

Customisability.

Amount of third party integrations and modules.

Number of themes and templates.

What do you dislike?

Steep learning curve.

Now owned by eBay - makes me feel insecure as to the future of the open source model and the separation between ebay, paypal and their other interests.

Competition law issues and conflict of interests for ebay to own this sector as well as owning the worlds biggest marketplace - most magento shop owners and site operators are competing with ebay and ebay sellers - this is a serious issue.

We may be controlled by ebay and our successes dictated by their development of magento, which will inevitably be head to head in terms of priorities, when looking at the small traders.

Ebay could wipe out most competition for their marketplace if they later choose to bring magento community / open source model to an end. Thereby forcing online consumers to shop on ebay marketplace, and so ebay will benefit from commissions on sales there.

MARK MY WORDS - this will happen - and this is why they bought magento out.

This is precisely how large American corporations work - and how they succeed at dominating global industry.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ease of use.

Administration requires complexity and knowledge and tech savvy users.

Not necessary for small shop owners who do not have IT skills or IT admin staff.

Overly complicated in most cases for such users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Free access for the common man and everyday person ie no barriers to entry - to be able to compete with major companies, utilising highly scalable, well developed e-commerce software at no cost.

What E-Commerce Platforms solution do you use?

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Magento OS review by <span>Ali P.</span>
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"Immensely in depth program but hard to customize"

What do you like best?

I love how in depth this program is and how it seems like they thought of almost everything that you would need to use for an e-commerce business. The product structure is straight forward. Also helpful that I used this at more than one company and my experience with it helps when applying for jobs.

What do you dislike?

I loathe that they haven't figured out a better way to upload products or images. The import/export feature is horrible and not helpful. Unless you are versed in magento and have prior knowledge it is really hard to teach someone else how to use these features. The export of products is just useless and there is no feature to upload images which becomes tedious and time consuming.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

W are using them for our CMS as well as all ecommerce data for customers, orders, gift cards, promotional codes, product creation. It is nice to have all of this in one main dashboard that all customer service reps can use.

Magento OS review by <span>Allison I.</span>
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"Robust but complex"

What do you like best?

We like the versatility and open source nature of this product and have customized it with tools critical to the unique nature of our business. I like the versatility of the tax rules I can apply, as well as the detailed and customized way I can manage listing complex as well as simple products. I LOVE how Google responds to the format of this platform. I like the options around payment methods as well as shipping methods, which are critical to the way we do business. I also like the coupons and tools we can add to this platform to make the marketing fit our needs.

What do you dislike?

The security of a PHP site is not for the light of heart, and the vulnerabilities are many. I wish we had known more about this software sooner, and we would have built the site differently - using more attributes instead of custom code, Some of the modules we can buy are not wonderful, so I wish Magento did more to grade the quality of the modules out there. I don't expect you to exactly be Apple, but absolutely no grading or quality credentialing is a rocky road. I don't like HOW MANY FOLDERS THERE ARE. That's a runaway train and makes it hard on everyone.

Recommendations to others considering the product

big budget for development

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We run a rental service that ships, so customization is key. We have been able to make this work for our unique business needs with Magento, and find that the detailed tools are valuable to our rental business.

Magento OS review by <span>Yogesh S.</span>
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"Powerful & reliable e-commerce solution"

What do you like best?

Magento biggest benefit is, it's an free open source and has a lot's of online communities and forums to help with lots of examples. Magento has lots of magento connects, themes and it's so vastly used platform that you'll get lots of developers for your customization needs.

Magento is best platform for small and mid sized e-commerce stores with lots of inbuilt features like detail reporting, product customization, checkout process, cart, coupons, gift cards, return & exchange etc.

It's the best platform for your ecommerce store.

What do you dislike?

If you're lacking technical skills, it's not good for you. You need somewhat technical skills to manage it or you need a technical person or team with PHP/MySQL expertise. Also you need a good server to run magento store, you cannot run it on shared server.

You will have to be very careful when an new version is released of a plugin. Sometimes the 3rd party plugins create problems because of version conflict.

If you have technical person in your team or if you've expertise in PHP/MySQL then this is the best platform for e-commerce store.

Recommendations to others considering the product

First read, understand and test it completely before going live. It takes time to learn but the end result is very satisfying if you have learn it.

Just make sure you have some technical person in your team with good server to sustain.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're an e-commerce agency, we develop e-commerce store for our clients. We're using this platform and our customers are very satisfied with this platform. Best part is, it is highly customizable and has lots of 3rd party plugins and themes are available online.

Magento OS review by <span>Ady C.</span>
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"Magneto Help us a lot in developing great e-commerce stores for our clients"

What do you like best?

Magneto community edition is the best platform for small and mid sized segments, it has everything you need. It's a great platform which contain everything Customer management, customizable products, downloadable products, multi lang. support, multi store support, coupons, customizable checkout options etc.

Magento has thousands of Magneto connects, themes. It's very easy to customize it as per your needs with the helps of these plugins and themes.

It's highly customizable open source and best for e-commerce platform.

What do you dislike?

It is not the user friendly tool, if you lack technical skills. It's better if you have some Php/MySql expert in your team for customization. Sometimes the platform leaves you vulnerable to plugins incompatibilities when an new version is released. You also need at least VPS hosting, you can't survive on shared hosting for magento.

However, with proper knowledge of magneto if a very powerful open source for e-commerce store.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's not recommended for very small stores who has less then 100 products, if you're mid sized store, go for it. It will cater every need of yours, but make sure to have a technical person in your team and a good server.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're developing e-commerce stores for our clients, and giving them e-commerce sales and support.

Helping Indian e-commerce market, which is growing at a rapid pace. Our customers love this platform.

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