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Forget Magento. Wordpress Can Power Your Ecommerce Store
Magento is currently the most popular open source product for setting up an ecommerce store. And not just open-source, it's the most popular product of this kind in general. OsCommerce used to be first in the past but Magento just kicked it out in the blue.
Magento is damn powerful. There is also a hosted solution called Magento Go that removes all the hassles from hosting your store yourself - of course, this one is paid.
OK, so you already downloaded Magento files and planning to play with it and set up your small store selling homemade cake? Delete the files. You don't need Magento. You need Wordpress.
Magento vs Wordpress
Why am I advocating using a blogging platform for ecommerce?! Isn't Wordpress just for blogs? Hell, no. Wordpress is capable to do almost anything you can imagine, and then some more. And all of this can be done with plugins that can be installed, deinstalled, activated and deactivated any time with a couple of mouse clicks. But let's look at the plugins later. Let me now tell you why I prefer Wordpress:
A Bunch of Great Wordpress Plugins
Let me support what I say with specific suggestions. How do you convert your basic Wordpress installation into a fully functional, well looking, and well working ecommerce store? With customizing the code on your own? Not of course. By using plugins. There are plenty of them, most are good, and many are even free. How cool could be this?
Here you are: (click on the headings to go to ech site)
Here's one very popular and mature plugin offering the full functionality that a small to medium sized e-store would ever need. The plugin is developed by the well known WPMUDev group and has also a pro version - just in case the free is not enough for you. The price of pro is only $19.
Ecwid shopping cart is newer plugin but already even more popular than the one above. It has very modern and slick user interface, and super-easy set up. The downside is that it's a hosted service and the free plan lets you list only 10 products. The other plans come with monthly recurring fee.
eShop is entirely free and accessible shopping cart for Wordpress. It has extensive wiki based documentation, many additional plugins and code snippets, and is regularly kept up to date.
Here is one of the most loved plugins, and the most popular one on this list. Woocommerce is used by several hundred thousands of internet stores and is developed by the famous Woothemes team. It has a lot of extensions ready to meet every of your specific needs.
Just like the previous plugin, this one is free and extendible with further plugins. Many of them are also free, some cost few bucks. Handles all kinds of digital and tangible product sales and is easily applicable to a dropship store.
Yet another one with free extendible base. There is large choice of well designed and mobile friendly themes (paid), and extensions that will make it do almost everything you can imagine.
In fact by switching your dropship or other ecommerce store to using Wordpress you seem to have even larger choice of solutions compared to using Magento. Add the other benefits listed above and I think it's clear which one wins.
My respect to all the guys and gals involved in Magento development. I just don't think it's appropriate choice for the small to medium ecommerce merchant!
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