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Magento eCommerce Solution
- User Friendly
- Excellent Feature-set
- Expensive for Development, Support & Maintenance
- Dedicated Hosting recommended – The complex and scaleable design really requires a dedicated server
- Platform Complexities - Makes it difficult to recommend unless someone in the company has web development experience (or you are prepared to outsource)
Used By Companies Large & Small But Is It For You? - Read Our Magento Review.
Our Magento review will help you decide if this open-source E-Commerce platform is right for you and your online business.
What is Magento?
Written in PHP, this open-source E-Commerce platform has been around for over 10 years now and meets the needs of any company looking to get into online retailing.
The power of the Magento E-Commerce offering should not be underestimated. Indications are that in excess of 200,000 online stores are taking advantage of the platform. The range of users is wide. Small E-Commerce operations right through to some of the biggest Corporations out there employ this platform.
For basic level needs the software is free to use. There is also a paid pricing tier for enterprise use. When considering any Magento E-Commerce reviews and ratings, they may well be titled Magento2 review. This refers to the latest version release from the company.Visit Magento
Features & flexibility:
Out of the box:
Looking at the Magento E-Commerce platform its major features should be viewed in one of two ways:
Download from Magento website and install on your server using a recommended service with Siteground.
No installation cost with the hosted service offering, but a much higher price tag comes with this option.
Themes and Templates:
The Magento E-Commerce platform does not in itself offer custom designs for your online store. However, finding quality themes and designs to meet your needs is easily achievable via 3rd party providers.
To understand exactly what is available you would either browse the Magento Connect catalogue or avail of a premium theme by visiting a major theme provider in this arena such as Template Monster.
A final option but only for those with know-how. Due to the open-source code available it is possible to build yourself a ‘Ground Up’ Magento Theme. But again a higher level skill set is required.See Magento Themes
Two obvious reason it is such a popular platform are because many see it as an all-in-one E-Commerce solution and that it offers a huge feature set. Our Magento review agrees and does not see many major feature missing from this advanced piece of software.
Here are just 10 of these:
- In excess of 5,000 extension available
- Inventory management
- Handling of shipping charges
- Extensive coupon management
- API for web services
- Multiple payment gateway options
- Mobile and Tablet optimised
- Built-In SEO features
- Built-In multilingual support
- Newsletter management feature
There are also thousands of free and premium Magento extensions from their very our Marketplace which can easily extend the functionality of your online store even further.Visit Magento Marketplace
Our Magento reviews and ratings in this piece show a low score for the pricing structure. For those who opt for the Free version this is obviously not an issue, but those in need of more should understand why our price rating is what it is.
The Magento E-Commerce Community version of software is free to download from Magento’s website. You then install it on your own web server
Those companies looking to use the Enterprise version need to understand that Magento themselves set this up for you. This moves things up quite dramatically from a cost point of view.
Indeed, there is no openly published price list on their website. You need to complete a contact form detailing your company and needs. Dependent upon what you are after, rumour has it that you will pay anything from £10,000 per annum and well in excess, dependent upon your needs.Visit Magento
Despite our Magento E-Commerce review statement on the Enterprise version costs, this platform is still recommended if you are:
Setting up an online store that you are confident will do well!
Already have an established online store model along with funding to back up your aim and can afford time to create a store that fully fits your needs.
Those fitting into the above categories are quite likely to find the Magento E-Commerce platform fits their requirements perfectly.
After all, with an estimated 1 in 4 businesses using Magento (both large and small) this should show the scope and benefits of a highly feature-rich selling platform.
For those who are just moving into the E-Commerce arena it is quite likely you will find less demanding solutions to meet your needs. Newbies, we suggest reviewing some other reviewed platforms like Weebly or Shopify.
Those who are curious about what this highly rated platform is all about should not hesitate to take the free version for a spin. Not only will it solve your curiosity, it will clearly be seen if Magento is right for you!
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[Review last updated in Apr 2019]