Magento eCommerce... definitely worth a try

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  1. Brian Bailey

    Brian Bailey UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Magento ecommerce is only tested to run on Linux (although I have it running on my Windows Vista PC for development purposes). I have a hosting account with United Hosting in the UK and I do not have a problem with the speed that pages load. I don't think the hosting cost is particularly expensive.
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2009 By: Brian Bailey Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  2. zone1creative

    zone1creative UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I did try magento out about a year ago but could not get to grips with the design side. From what I remember the templates were built in XML. Is this still the case?
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2009 By: zone1creative Member since: Mar 26, 2009
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  3. Nickdavis87

    Nickdavis87 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Is it easy to set up a testing environment?
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2009 By: Nickdavis87 Member since: Jul 18, 2007
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  4. Brian Bailey

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    This can be a bit tricky. I used the latest version of XAMPP (1.7.1 I think, the beta version). The install has been discussed on the forums of the Magento Commerce website and you might want to read these first.
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2009 By: Brian Bailey Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  5. Brian Bailey

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    Yes the templates are built in XML and this is where the steep learning curve comes in. But once you get used to the setup there are great customisation opportunites, which is what I like about Magento.
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2009 By: Brian Bailey Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  6. EastCoastInteractive

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    For anybody familar with using Amazon EC2 cloud service, there are premade EC2 ami's (essentially a server o/s with necessary applications installed that runs on demand) available that you can load up instantly and try out, these have all Magento's necessary php modules that an ordinary host probably won't have installed included, and some Mysql and php cacheing optimisations that help it run faster. Jumpbox also have a magento app if you're a member. Remember and switch off your EC2 instance if you're not using it though (get's charged by the hour) and do a snapshot if you want to persist data.
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2009 By: EastCoastInteractive Member since: Apr 17, 2009
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  7. Brian Bailey

    Brian Bailey UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks for suggesting this, I will take a look at it.
     
    Posted: Apr 29, 2009 By: Brian Bailey Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  8. martine29

    martine29 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi,

    I like the most important thing about Magento Shopping Cart - It offers complete flexibility and control over the look, content, and functionality of an Online Store.
     
    Posted: May 1, 2009 By: martine29 Member since: May 1, 2009
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  9. nineseven

    nineseven UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Magento is a very steep learning curve in terms of how it uses templates / xml to feed the data in but if you know html / css / php its fairly easy to get to grips with.

    I wouldnt use anything else now.
     
    Posted: May 3, 2009 By: nineseven Member since: Oct 15, 2008
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  10. mobyme

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    Magento is a stunning piece of kit; but it is a bit of a resource hog and designing new themes from scratch can be a real pain in the rear. We are currently using it for all of our eCommerce projects because it's what clients are asking for. Personally I think six months down the road Prestashop will be showing it a clean pair of heels and Varien will have to start acting a little less heavy handed with developers. Their policies with regard to non-partners are best described as oppressive. It's no longer in the true spirit of open source (Try posting a query on the forum - but don't hold your breath); whereas the Prestashop community seems to be going from strength to strength.
     
    Posted: May 3, 2009 By: mobyme Member since: Jan 12, 2004
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  11. Lesya

    Lesya UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    hi everybody!

    if you think Magento is worth a try - do it. Even if you have different shopping cart right now. You can easily migrate all your store data to Magento with cart2cart service. This service will ensure you have no data loss.

    Get more info at shopping-cart-migration.com
     
    Posted: May 19, 2009 By: Lesya Member since: Feb 13, 2009
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  12. paretowasright

    paretowasright UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Another bit of spamming from Lesya....zzzzzz
     
    Posted: May 19, 2009 By: paretowasright Member since: Jan 2, 2009
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  13. PayPoint net

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    Magento is also integrated with PayPoint for online payment processing - there's 50% off payment gateways at the moment. The module was released by Deeseon eMedia - details on their website at
    (3ws)magentocommerce.com/extension/463/paypoint-secpay-professional-payment-module/
     
    Posted: May 22, 2009 By: PayPoint net Member since: Aug 18, 2008
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  14. bil_14

    bil_14 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    hi gang!

    i see many people are talking about magento here. I'm one of the interested :D don't know much about it yet but looking everywhere i get to get more info.

    i've got an oscommerce store which i want to upgrade to magento. Maybe someone can give me some good advice on how this shpuld be done - thanks!
     
    Posted: May 22, 2009 By: bil_14 Member since: May 22, 2009
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  15. Brian Bailey

    Brian Bailey UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    There are some very good guides on the Magento Commerce website, a design guide and a user guide. This would be a good starting point.
     
    Posted: Jun 1, 2009 By: Brian Bailey Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  16. stevemac

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    Most, if not all of the official guides on their website are substantially out of date. Many of the features & options available in the latest version 1.3.2.1 are not yet documented at all!
     
    Posted: Jun 2, 2009 By: stevemac Member since: May 7, 2009
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  17. Brian Bailey

    Brian Bailey UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    They have just released a new user guide which can be downloaded as a .pdf (cost 19.95 USD)
     
    Posted: Jun 2, 2009 By: Brian Bailey Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  18. stevemac

    stevemac UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    They have just released an old user guide (I have a 1 week old copy) - as I posted above, ALL of their documentation is way out of date.

    The downloadable user guide is very poorly written & for an old version of Magento. It is a complete waste of money as it doesn't cover many of the features in the current version.
     
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    Posted: Jun 2, 2009 By: stevemac Member since: May 7, 2009
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  19. Brian Bailey

    Brian Bailey UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Have you given your feedback to the Magento team?
     
    Posted: Jun 2, 2009 By: Brian Bailey Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  20. edmondscommerce

    edmondscommerce Magento + PHP Expert Full Member - Verified Business

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    The best solution would be to find someone who specialises in both osCommerce and Magento and let them help you to migrate smoothly.

    As for the documentation. I am a believer in jumping in at the deep end. Get a copy of Magento installed on your local machine using XAMPP or similar

    then play around with it. it is intuitive to use once you can grasp the bigger concepts like entities and attributes.
     
    Posted: Jun 2, 2009 By: edmondscommerce Member since: Nov 11, 2008
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