Wordpress + Magento - All one?

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Hi,

I am in the planning stage for my ecommerce site. I am wondering if i can use both wordpress and magento.

Wordpress: This will be the "top layer" - where i can manage static pages, landing page, and blog.

Magento - This will be the ecommerce layer - products, check out, etc.

Are there any drawbacks to this? What about google/seo? Any alternatives?

Thanks guys!
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  • Profile picture of the author RMC
    Wordpress is fast but for Magento probably you have to buy dedicated server. But answering to your question, many eCommerce sites are using wordpress blogs and they are ranked well also. Wordpress is best platform for blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author msu
    I'm just about to start a web development project for a startup - they have Magento as their current store and wanted to use WordPress for content management.

    To cut a long story short, we decided to drop using Magento and just use WordPress with an ecommerce plugin. Unless you have a gazillion product store, Magento is total overkill and will just give you a major headache. It's clunky, has an admin area that many people find difficult to use and I've seen it stop working on more than one occasion after a routine upgrade.

    Trying to make WordPress and Magento work together is likely to increase your problems with logins, session sharing, etc.. WP + plugin = happiness
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  • Profile picture of the author bullfrog
    I own Magento sites as well as WP sites.

    If you're a startup and don't have a seasoned developer on payroll or available as a contractor, I would avoid Magento.

    If you're an enterprise level company, Magento can be a good solution.

    With my startups, I use WP with WooThemes (some free themes, but I typically use the paid ones) and WooCommerce ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Billy Rey
    id definitely go with magento if you have the money and people/person to handle it.

    WP database will be a problem if you have a lot of products.

    No problem for seo on both sides, just be sure that you know how to handle localized stores based on IP if you are going to turn that on.
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  • Profile picture of the author travelsoulja
    Thanks guys.

    Is there an alternative to wordpress that is also seo friendly, user friendly, open source, etc.?
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    • Profile picture of the author bullfrog
      Originally Posted by Billy Rey View Post

      WP database will be a problem if you have a lot of products.
      True - but it's still my go-to for new sites (which I typically build out with fewer than 100 products) ... WP can also be tricky for setting up category pages ... but if you know what you're doing you can make it sing.

      Originally Posted by travelsoulja View Post

      Is there an alternative to wordpress that is also seo friendly, user friendly, open source, etc.?
      Not open source and not free ... BigCommerce. I've only got one site running on it, but I like it. It's not too expensive and it's fairly robust. It is SEO friendly and VERY user friendly. If you're not a programmer and comfortable customizing WP themes or something big like Magento, consider BigCommerce.
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      • Profile picture of the author kjamesnv
        Magento for ecommerce + Wordpress for a blog is a good combination and it's fairly common. Typically the blog will be on a sub-domain (blog.mysite.com).

        A dedicated server is NOT required for Magento however it's recommended to have a robust hosting solution preferably with a company that has experience with Magento.

        Another option is Magento GO which is a hosted Magento solution and it's around $30/month.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    What is the cutoff in # of products that wordpress e-commerce plugins can handle well?
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    • Profile picture of the author ShaggyMax
      If you have a "catalog" of products Magento will shine. It handles static pages very well for being an ecommerce platform. There is, however, an extension available which seamlessly integrates Magento & Wordpress. It offers many settings / tweaks, including using the Magento template/skin as an umbrella template.

      Search for FishPig Magento/Wordpress extension. Free & works awesome!
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisranjana.com
    Originally Posted by travelsoulja View Post

    Hi,

    I am in the planning stage for my ecommerce site. I am wondering if i can use both wordpress and magento.
    If it is going to be a small scale ecommerce site I would advise going ahead with WP and on top of it may install some shopping cart wordpress plugin.

    Once you make it big then you could look into moving to magento, opencart etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Smidid Sammia
    Wordpress is better for blog system.
    Commonly, people use magento for the buying system and the wordpress for blog system!
    But if you are good at programming, you can even use wp system to build a magento system!
    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author sandyallain
    You can integrate the 2 platforms like chocolate and peanut butter as what they have said.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    With Woocommerce, you can have both in one platform. I like because there are no monthly fees for the ecommerce platform. I can set up as many ecommerce sites as I want with Woocommerce and not have all the fees.
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