The Main Issues with Magento and How to Solve Them
Magento is not a perfect shopping cart, but none of the other platforms is. Magento suffers from the fact that it is an open source platform, so if you need any customer support you are left only with the Magento community, so finding a good solution to your problems can be difficult and time consuming. On the other hand, the fact that Magento is an open source shopping cart and is available for free is one of the main reasons, why the website is so popular – it currently holds the first place in the shopping cart popularity ranking with one third of all online stores using Magento as their platform of choice. If you plan to use Magento, you should be prepared that you might experience the following problems along the way:
You will quickly discover that although Magento is a free platform, it requires multiple extensions, which you need in order to add basic functionalities to your online store or to improve its performance. Some of these extensions are offered for free, but the most advanced and useful ones sell for a few hundred dollars. If you have decided to try out Magento, because the platform is offered for free, and it turns out that you have to pay a few hundred dollars just to keep it up and running, it is far from what you expected the platform to be like.
Difficulties with developing Magento store
XML theme layout is not intuitive, especially for beginners, and difficult to recognize problems. On top of that, there are multiple problems with rewriting classes and templates, which often do not have the kind of theme you want. Magento can be difficult to use for developers and it is even more difficult to learn for people, who have no background in programming. Developing an admin panel is complicated and it takes a lot of time, but without it many clients will not be able to make any changes to the online store. Again, it turns out that developing a free, open source shopping cart costs more than using hosted platforms.
Magento is not a platform for newcomers or inexperienced developers, who do not know much about XML. If you plan to use Magento, the best option is to look for a Magento developer for hire. It again sounds like a paradox, but hiring a company specializing in Magento development can cost less than buying every required extension and spending hours trying to figure out how Magento works, often with little success. Hiring a professional Magento development company not also helps reduce the price of Magento website development, but it also guarantees better performance of your online store. If you can’t afford Magento custom development and have no programming skills, we recommend one of the hosted shopping carts, such as Volusion, BigCommerce or Shopify. These platforms have its limitations, but are perfect for small online retailers with limited resources and everyone, who wants to learn how to develop and run an online store from scratch.
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Marta Gromadzka is a writer and editor with a wide variety of experience, including writing for websites internationally and editing books on many different subjects and in a variety of formats.