Need ecommerce site, not sure to use wordpress or what else?

by lotre
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Hi

I like wordpress but have been told that other platforms are better for ecommerce. I dont know anything about magento or other ecommerce sites so i wondered if any warriors can share their thoughts about if they have used wordpress or anything else for ecommerce / but also trying to do decent SEO as well.


Should i try and get a wordpress site and then add ecommerce plugins or try something different ? Im not looking for a really expensive system.

thanks
#ecommerce #site #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Andy Crofford
    In my opinion it is what you prefer. If you are comfortable with WP find a nice eCommerce theme and use it.

    On the other hand, I hear great things about Magento and wouldn't mind giving that a shot if I ever have the need. Seems to have a great support community.

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  • Profile picture of the author lotre
    Hi
    Thnaks for the reply. I heard that wordpress can get a little 'heavy' if used for ecommerce, thats the only reason i asked. On the other hand it is seo friendly, and i dont know if magento is

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike P Robinson
    I actually employ a development platform that is more flexible and potent for businesses than Wordpress. It offers a potent admin panel that covers: CMS, CRM, SEO, Ad/Aff Management, Full Ecommerce and Payment Portals, Email Marketing, and Quickbooks integration all in one slick package. The better part is that it's non-proprietary, scalable, and developed by one of the biggest names in the business.

    I have altered my business model as a Designer/ Developer to work pretty much solely with this platform. Imagine never needing an update again and having complete control of every aspect of your online business... Sounds pricey huh?

    Nope, since this platform allows me to free up time I would have spent fighting Wordpress or some of the other CMS and Ecommerce Platforms (not to mention regular updates) I can pass the savings on to my clientele and focus on what I do best! I keep this secret weapon pretty closely guarded but if you would like to speak further I consult for free, with no pressure!

    I am a Noob to Warrior forum so I cant link yet but check out my profile and grab my info...check out my site and if you would like to speak further please don't hesitate to reach out!

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  • Profile picture of the author wbdzgnr
    There are some pretty decent ecommerce sites based on wordpress. You should ask yourself how broad you want your site to be. If you really need a full ecommerce solution Magento is good but i believe it requires a dedicated server to run smoothly. Wordpress is great for small ecommerce sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    OMG, I can not believe the web design advice given here. WORDPRESS IS NOT THE ANSWER FOR ECOMMERCE!!!!!

    Go with Joomla, Drupal, Magento... Those are what you need for ecommerce, not wordpress.
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    • Profile picture of the author Revenant45
      Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

      OMG, I can not believe the web design advice given here. WORDPRESS IS NOT THE ANSWER FOR ECOMMERCE!!!!!

      Go with Joomla, Drupal, Magento... Those are what you need for ecommerce, not wordpress.
      ^^^ Amen to that, People 'round these parts think Wordpress is the answer for everything web building related. WTF.

      In addition to the above suggestions, I would suggest ZEN CART. Open Source (think Wordpress), even has digital distribution modules, tax, shipping calculator, paypal/credit card integration modules, inventory, theme customizable..etc etc... I use it for my own online shop.
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    • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
      Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

      OMG, I can not believe the web design advice given here. WORDPRESS IS NOT THE ANSWER FOR ECOMMERCE!!!!!

      Go with Joomla, Drupal, Magento... Those are what you need for ecommerce, not wordpress.
      Baloney.

      It all depends on the client's needs and expertise. I have clients that run WP sites with over 1,000 line items. I get requests every week from people who don't like the complexity of their e-commerce 'solution' that some know-it-all set them up with and then abandoned them.

      WP as an ecommerce base is just fine if that's what's needed and called for.
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    • Profile picture of the author Patrick
      Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

      OMG, I can not believe the web design advice given here. WORDPRESS IS NOT THE ANSWER FOR ECOMMERCE!!!!!
      If you know how to use Wordpress, and is familiar with CODING inside the plugins such as wp ecommerce, then you can definitely use Wordpress as a shopping site. I dont understand why people give advices of not using it, just because they dont know how to use it or do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    Go for Zen Cart...has more flexibility and control..
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  • Profile picture of the author SmartWeb
    FOr e-commerce, Don't go with wordpress.
    better go with x-cart, zen cart or joomla(virtuemart)
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    • Profile picture of the author WilTGS
      Originally Posted by SmartWeb View Post

      FOr e-commerce, Don't go with wordpress.
      better go with x-cart, zen cart or joomla(virtuemart)
      Why is that? I find wordpress really good an by the looks of it, it can do everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author chetankumar20
    Wordpress is user and search engine friendly but it is the best for blogs. As it offers lots of seo plugins that help to increase traffic. Magento is right option for e-commerce sites and easy to manage but not idea about its search engine friendly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tech Diva
      Hi there!

      When I'm asked this question about ecommerce platforms from my clients, I generally recommend OpenCart, Magento or a custom-made CMS.

      If it is simple functionality then I add functions to CMS like Joomla.

      If the client needs more functions then I choose the best ecommerce solutions based on their specific requests.

      Wordpress CAN provide ecommerce functionality. However, it's often not the best choice because that's not where its strength lies. Just like you CAN drive a Hummer in NYC, but that's not the best choice because that's not where its strength lies.
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    If your looking for a good blend of functionality and cost effectiveness, try Joomla with Virtue Mart.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evan-M
    WordPress makes a horrible eCommerce solution.


    OScommerce, joomla, xcart etc etc anything but wordpress would be a better fit lol


    wordpress is great for websites, blogs, membership sites etc, but not ecommerce
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    Magento is the best choice
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    I would suggest you check out Shopify
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  • Profile picture of the author Hemal Patel
    Magento and Prestashop are the 2 that I use for ecommerce

    And yes, I don't really recommend an ecommerce on wordpress as nameless said.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fenris Lloyd
    Wordpress can absolutely be used for ecommerce. There's many plugins that can make it do that. But that isn't what it's designed for and that's why it isn't a real good idea to use it for a serious ecommerce site. First you need to find the best themes and plugins to just get the most basic of the functionality of scripts written specifically for the job. Then you'll still have to find more plugins to add additional functionality for you're store.

    I'd say Joomla is a good choice. Magento is also good, as are many other eCommerce CMS scripts. Someone else suggested OSCommerce. That's also good but if you're considering OSCommerce, I would actually suggest OSCMax instead. It's based originally on OSCommerce, but then has a lot of the must have mods already built into it. It also has a much better theme management, so can be customized for your own site much easier. It's also fairly SE friendly.

    I've had a couple ecommerce sites set up with OSCMax, and the google spiders almost seemed to be on my site constantly. Every product on my site was indexed. Usually within hours of adding them. Both the website and the products were in the top pages for my main keywords and first page for a few, and that was with very little backlink building. All the promotion was done manually and still it did good in the serps.

    The last site was a lingerie store which is a pretty competitive niche to get to first page with only manual SEP. It got a ton of traffic, unfortunately I was using a dropshipper so the shipping was too high for small orders. I had a lot of started orders that were abandoned when they got to the shipping page. People would see the shipping price was too high unless they made a large order and then abandon the shopping cart. If you have good products and reasonable shipping prices then you won't have that same problem. I could have made a killing if I could have found a better product supplier.

    I didn't make much money with those sites, but I learned a lot about setting up ecommerce sites. One of the main things was that its best to use a script designed for the job. The OSMax install had everything needed to take orders, track sales, track shipments, manage an affiliate program. Anything needed was included. And going with a solution like that also gives you access to a forum dedicated to that script. WP of course has it's own forum as well, but it isn't dedicated to ecommerce.

    You might be able to make WP work, but you won't have the same level of support available as you will with the real ecommerce solutions.

    Basically a good rule of thumb is always "If you're going to do something, then do it right." In the case of an ecommerce site that means using scripts that are designed specifically for doing so.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author BenQ
    There's nothing wrong with using WP for e-commerce if you know what you're doing and know how to properly set it up. As with any site, you'll want to optimize images, minify and combine css, minimize browser requests, etc.

    I know a few WP sites using e-junkie that are comfortably doing several thousand a week in sales. And they look nothing like a standard, run of the mill WP site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hassan Zobeen
    @ Lotre
    To start an ecommerce site I only recommend you to use Joomla 1.5 from this you can easily start a powerful site secondly you easily do an seo of your site, I can help you in this by providing the modules of payment gateway module and ecommerce module what ever you want.
    I have developed 18 sites on ecommerce for my clients
    If you need any kind of assitance I can help you for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author jez111
    I use bigcommerce all the time its great i have no 1 spots for competeive keywords and the features are amazing, but one warning if you think its gunna go viral the hosting is costing me $150 a month on their platinum package on 4 different sites!!!!!!!!

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  • Profile picture of the author imfusa
    I think wordpress combined with the plugin called wp commerce it is the best and simplest choice, it is very easy to configure and you have as payment gateways: paypal express checkout, paypal payment pro, google checkout, chronopay, and you can also may add moneybookers or alertpay, there are addons of the plugin.
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    STOP IT! Just because there are plugins doesn't mean that wordpress should be used for ecommerce. In FACT, wordpress is the WORST choice for ecommerce and I can PROVE IT. Link me to your wordpress site that is using ANY of the ecommerce extensions, and I bet you that I could hijack it within 30 minutes through SQL injections. NEVER have ecommerce going through wordpress. When I say ecommerce, I'm not saying 1 paypal button for your ebook. I'm talking about hundreds of products.

    If you're using WP for ecommerce, it isn't because you believe wordpress is best for it, it is because you don't know anything else. So instead of coming in threads claiming wordpress is a god among CMS platforms.... lets be honest, and the next thread this comes up just tell the truth and say you think wordpress is the best because you never learned how to use any other CMS. Then I will respect the posts. LOL.
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    • Profile picture of the author Revenant45
      Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post


      If you're using WP for ecommerce, it isn't because you believe wordpress is best for it, it is because you don't know anything else.
      +1

      Most people on these forums don't understand what real web design and programming is. All they know is something called Wordpress that can be installed in 5 minutes, uses themes, plugins and its free.
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      • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
        Originally Posted by Revenant45 View Post

        +1

        Most people on these forums don't understand what real web design and programming is. All they know is something called Wordpress that can be installed in 5 minutes, uses themes, plugins and its free.
        Are you related to IaM?
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        • Profile picture of the author Revenant45
          Originally Posted by SteveJohnson View Post

          Are you related to IaM?
          *chuckles* Nah.. At least I don't think so... I don't have to be related to him to agree with him right?

          True, Wordpress can do alot of things but that doesn't make it ideal for every situation. Because it isn't. I personally like to deal with pure customized code and design.

          Is it a lot of work that required me to learn LOTS of programming and graphic design? Yes. Is it worth it for a pure customized solution for customers? Heck yes. If you want to give some one a website with a 2 day deadline then Wordpress with some sort of theme is fine I guess.

          Its just that sooooo many people on these forums don't know anything but WP and as a result can't think outside of it. Without WP I doubt 15% of the people on these forums would even have a website.. or even think about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
      Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

      STOP IT! Just because there are plugins doesn't mean that wordpress should be used for ecommerce. In FACT, wordpress is the WORST choice for ecommerce and I can PROVE IT. Link me to your wordpress site that is using ANY of the ecommerce extensions, and I bet you that I could hijack it within 30 minutes through SQL injections. NEVER have ecommerce going through wordpress. When I say ecommerce, I'm not saying 1 paypal button for your ebook. I'm talking about hundreds of products.

      If you're using WP for ecommerce, it isn't because you believe wordpress is best for it, it is because you don't know anything else. So instead of coming in threads claiming wordpress is a god among CMS platforms.... lets be honest, and the next thread this comes up just tell the truth and say you think wordpress is the best because you never learned how to use any other CMS. Then I will respect the posts. LOL.
      OH. MY. GOD!
      I said it in a different thread, I'll say it here again. Thank you so much for gracing our lowly forum with your knowledge.

      Newbie folks! Pay attention! The person quoted above is now THE defacto expert on all things ecommerce and CMS on the forum. No one else has a valid opinion, because they don't know how to use any other CMS besides WordPress.

      I'll admit it. I think WordPress is the best CMS for some situations because I don't know any other CMS platforms. I've never used Expression Engine, I'm not on the EE Pro list. Sorry. I've only been doing web development full-time since early 2000. I don't have anywhere close to your level of knowledge and experience. It's sad, but I still use Mosaic on my P2 development machine. IE3 sucks so bad, I simply won't even start it up.

      There. I admitted it. Do you respect my post now?

      I'll also go so far as to admit that the cheapest site I did last year came in at a little over $6K, just a touch under 60 hours. I really stuck it to them, huh! Their sales only increased $27.5K over the previous year. I am chagrined, I KNOW you could have done such a better job. I'll give them your name, for next time, cuz I did it in WP cuz I don no no beetter.

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      • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
        Originally Posted by SteveJohnson View Post

        OH. MY. GOD!
        I said it in a different thread, I'll say it here again. Thank you so much for gracing our lowly forum with your knowledge.

        Newbie folks! Pay attention! The person quoted above is now THE defacto expert on all things ecommerce and CMS on the forum. No one else has a valid opinion, because they don't know how to use any other CMS besides WordPress.

        I'll admit it. I think WordPress is the best CMS for some situations because I don't know any other CMS platforms. I've never used Expression Engine, I'm not on the EE Pro list. Sorry. I've only been doing web development full-time since early 2000. I don't have anywhere close to your level of knowledge and experience. It's sad, but I still use Mosaic on my P2 development machine. IE3 sucks so bad, I simply won't even start it up.

        There. I admitted it. Do you respect my post now?

        I'll also go so far as to admit that the cheapest site I did last year came in at a little over $6K, just a touch under 60 hours. I really stuck it to them, huh! Their sales only increased $27.5K over the previous year. I am chagrined, I KNOW you could have done such a better job. I'll give them your name, for next time, cuz I did it in WP cuz I don no no beetter.

        pedalplay.co.uk PM me the merchant ID.
        Can you honestly tell me that the majority on this forum have EVER used anything other than wordpress? I have seen a FEW wordpress sites that actually looked good. I have seen countless, drupal, joomla, and magento sites that look better than any wordpress site I have ever seen.

        I really don't care how much you charge, I don't really believe you anyway. As for their sales increasing... every business should be experiencing increase in sales. I redesigned a site for a medical equipment manufacturer, using a custom RoR CMS, and their sales increased by 600,000. That doesn't mean that it is only because of their website, lol. That is kind of absurd to even consider. A website can't make you money if they don't have people going there in the first place.

        There are very limited amounts of people here that have ever even tampered with anything other than wordpress. If you actually have experience and can design with ANY CMS, and develop sites without a cms, or create a custom one, then congratulations and sorry for offending you.

        I just don't believe anyone in the world, with vast experience of all the CMS's and custom development can honestly say that wordpress is the best solution, for EVERYTHING. It just isn't.

        Every true developer knows that one tool, doesn't work best with everything. If you disagree with that, then I just won't acknowledge any response after that.

        Would you consider someone that ONLY knows HTML, a developer? What about just CSS and html? Many people can make DECENT looking sites with just html and css, does that mean that EVERY site should use ONLY those languages? Absolutely not. I don't believe that every site built, should use wordpress. I believe it is great for a blog, autoblog, and for a mass creation of websites. I don't believe it is great for ecommerce, socially centered websites, directories, etc. I don't believe joomla is ideal for every project, nor drupal, nor magento. Sometimes a custom solution is best.

        Can you 100% customize wordpress to do things that no one else is doing? Yes... you can, but why would you want to spend hours and hours of additional work to get it to the point you would need it to be, when you could just as easily use another CMS that is more robust naturally, and spend less time customizing. It is a matter of logic, and being efficient.

        Steve, the bottom line is, if you can develop a wide range of sites, using different tools, different CMS platforms, there is no reason to just STICK with wordpress. It isn't ideal, it doesn't make sense to do that. However, if you are competent and are capable of handling any request, and putting any idea into action, it doesn't matter what CMS you use, you can have a great overall product. Not many people like that are here. When it comes down to it, not everyone using wordpress can come up with something that YOU can. Moving to joomla gives them a bit more flexibility without really messing with heavy code. Same with drupal and magento. You can use ecommerce with wordpress, you can use virtuemart with joomla as a powerful solution, drupal has some nice plugins, but out of all of them an ecommerce setup would be most ideal with magento. Don't you agree?

        I don't understand why people don't get this. It isn't about which CMS is the best, it isn't about which programming language to use. What is important here, is what you need to accomplish and the best, most efficient way of doing that. You can not tell me, wordpress is the best for all of it, because it isn't.
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          Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

          I really don't care how much you charge, I don't really believe you anyway. As for their sales increasing... every business should be experiencing increase in sales.
          I kind of thought we'd gotten over the nasties. The point was that I'm not a babe-in-the-woods in the web dev department.

          There are very limited amounts of people here that have ever even tampered with anything other than wordpress. If you actually have experience and can design with ANY CMS, and develop sites without a cms, or create a custom one, then congratulations and sorry for offending you.
          I can and do - and I'm very protective of my time. I have my favs, of course, everyone does. But just because I like something it doesn't follow that I'm going to religiously use it when something else will work better and is more in line with my client's requirements.

          I just don't believe anyone in the world, with vast experience of all the CMS's and custom development can honestly say that wordpress is the best solution, for EVERYTHING. It just isn't.
          Never said that - not once, not anywhere.

          Steve, the bottom line is, if you can develop a wide range of sites, using different tools, different CMS platforms, there is no reason to just STICK with wordpress. It isn't ideal, it doesn't make sense to do that. However, if you are competent and are capable of handling any request, and putting any idea into action, it doesn't matter what CMS you use, you can have a great overall product. Not many people like that are here. When it comes down to it, not everyone using wordpress can come up with something that YOU can. Moving to joomla gives them a bit more flexibility without really messing with heavy code. Same with drupal and magento. You can use ecommerce with wordpress, you can use virtuemart with joomla as a powerful solution, drupal has some nice plugins, but out of all of them an ecommerce setup would be most ideal with magento. Don't you agree?

          I don't understand why people don't get this. It isn't about which CMS is the best, it isn't about which programming language to use. What is important here, is what you need to accomplish and the best, most efficient way of doing that. You can not tell me, wordpress is the best for all of it, because it isn't.
          You and I are basically on the same page here.

          I never said that WP is the best for everything. Like many other platforms, it has its uses, strong points, not-so-strong points. I don't use it all of the time, for every project. In fact, not even most of the time - just when, in my experience, it fits my client's needs the best.

          What people weren't getting was your portrayal of WP as only an "amateur's solution". It isn't.

          BTW, I don't expect complete or even partial capitulation on these points. My wife is Irish. I know better
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          • Profile picture of the author Fenris Lloyd
            Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

            ... Just because there are plugins doesn't mean that wordpress should be used for ecommerce. In FACT, wordpress is the WORST choice for ecommerce and I can PROVE IT. Link me to your wordpress site that is using ANY of the ecommerce extensions, and I bet you that I could hijack it within 30 minutes through SQL injections. NEVER have ecommerce going through wordpress. When I say ecommerce, I'm not saying 1 paypal button for your ebook. I'm talking about hundreds of products.
            ...
            @iAmNameLess - I gave that reply some thanks because even though you're a little too adament about it I thought this part of you're reply was really important. WP can be used for ecommerce but it isn't what it was designed for. There are plugins available that can really make it do a good job of it, but I think overall it's better to use a script that was actually designed for the purpose. Blogging scripts were designed for blogging, Ecommerce scripts were designed for ecommerce. The fact that you can tweak them, mod them, and use plugins and themes to change their purpose doesn't mean it's necessarily the best solution to do so.



            Originally Posted by SteveJohnson View Post

            ... I never said that WP is the best for everything. Like many other platforms, it has its uses, strong points, not-so-strong points. I don't use it all of the time, for every project. In fact, not even most of the time - just when, in my experience, it fits my client's needs the best.

            What people weren't getting was your portrayal of WP as only an "amateur's solution". It isn't.
            ...
            @SteveJohnson - I gave you some thanks for your last reply too because you also made some good points. If you set everything up right it doesn't always matter if you're using the absolute best solution, as long as your using a solution that works for whatever project you're working on.

            WP is absolutely used by a lot of amateurs, but it's by no means only the choice of amateurs. I know many very professional people that use WP for lots of things I don't use it for myself. I use it myself for blogs and review sites, and even the occasional sales and landing pages (although I usually just use html for that). If anything, I think the fact that WP isn't designed for ecommerce means that the best people to use it as such are those that aren't amateurs. You can fix the problems iAmNameLess was pointing out, where maybe a novice might leave big security holes open.

            That's the biggest reason I always suggest for people to use scripts designed for the purpose they're going to use them for. It's the safest advice to give people without knowing their ability levels. For those who know what they're doing they can make just about any CMS script work for any purpose regardless of what it was designed for.



            So anyway you both make good points, but for myself I'll continue to use blogging scripts for blogs and ecommerce scripts for ecommerce sites. In the long run, (even though it isn't the only solution), I think that's the safest advice to give to others as well.

            Good debate you had going there though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Naveen Kapur
    With so many templates and deigns for WP and Joomla, I like the joomla ones.
    I use to be a good designer, Joomlart made me lazy now.
    Can't even compare to what these guys do.
    But by far, joomla templates and as an CMS is best for those looking for very customized jobwork.
    For simple websites/content based websites, I'd say ONLY Wordpress.
    Offcourse, I recently did a WP with Ecomm. But Joomla still rules.

    Sorry, never did a site that made 60 / 600k for a client but Joomla is very easy and comfortable for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nauman K
    E-commerce plugin are available in wordpress you can use them
    one that I like is
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    this one is very good and popular one.
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    • Profile picture of the author silotiko
      In my case I needed to have a website that was able to show a local business as well as have that same local business's website offer retail. So my solution is this, keeping the corporate website on a WP site and then using BigCommerce as the e-commerce platform.

      I have given the retail site a subdomain and then I can control the look and feel of the retail site to basically look identical to the corporate WP website. It should be seemless and customers will probable not even know that they are actually on two separate platforms.

      My client knows how to use WP to add article, videos etc and so they really wanted to stay with WP. I felt it was the best combination after looking at what benefits BigCommerce offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author moykan
    Magento is the best solution for ecommerce websites, it's opens source and rich of features then there Are a lot of themes and plugins
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  • Profile picture of the author dotlinkmedia
    many web sites or sites selling now using wp, I think wp is very easy and interesting.
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  • Profile picture of the author sparkman
    Raise your hand if you love to see someone argue over nothing, and try to show how smart they are in a thread.

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    I guess not.
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  • Profile picture of the author mahesh2010
    Hi
    You can use Magento because its best open source cart and easy to use, customization, we are basically from ecommerce web development company and most of my company customers are need Magento shopping cart because its having good futures.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vanfenix
    I have to remember to get some popcorn for the forums. So much entertainment.

    My comments on Wordpress are :

    It's a Blog.

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  • Profile picture of the author ginak59
    I love Wordpress for everything except doing ecommerce. There are just too many security issues, headaches with configuring payment and checkout. In this case I don't trust open source and would advise spending just a bit of money for a platform with all the bugs worked out and good documentation. I've used e-commerce templates ( the product name ) for a few clients and they've been very happy with the results. I believe the price is around $150 for a license and in my experience worth every penny. It's worth it, not losing sleep over lost sales due to buggy plug-ins. Just my 2cents!
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  • Profile picture of the author najani
    Yo can get your work done through wordpress in a convenient manner. Great if you use Magento cause this is really growing for it's features.

    ecommerce shopping carts
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  • Profile picture of the author moonheart
    For creating ecommerce website I will vote for Joomla-virtuemart. There are tons of module, extension to make your shop more user friendly.
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  • Profile picture of the author RenuC
    Magento, Zen Cart or VirtueMart. All three are relatively easy to get the hang of. They're also free, open source and user friendly while still being extremely flexible with a variety of features.
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  • Wordpress is good but not that good when it comes to ecommerce. For me Magento is best when it comes to that, it is build for that purpose that is why you can do any kind of functionality and look over your store using it. And also it take care of the SEO side of your store as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author bwisco
    Use wordpress and ecwid or cart66, don't use joomla and virtuemart, you'll understand after you try and customize it.

    Yeah definitely use RoR (Ruby on Rails) like someone mentioned in this thread but expect to shell out 20 grand while you're at it.

    Don't want any hassle with hosting your store, get bigcommerce or shopify.

    I have no clue why all the hate for wordpress as a store, unless you're gonna push thousands of dollars and multiple goods a day, wordpress works perfect.

    Start small and work your way up, even when you build it, sales don't just come.

    Oh and magento is a pain in the ass. There is a reason why support is 10 grand a year.
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  • Profile picture of the author cherryberry
    what you can do is go for wordpress and use ecommerce plugins if you can manage easily, or you can go magento as nowadays it is very much used.
    lastly, you can go for complete theme available with all options inbuilt
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