So is Magento worthy of the hype? In short, yes. This is one awesome looking product. If I were a commercial shopping cart vendor I’d be afraid. Very afraid. This has the freedom and flexibility - not to mention the $0 price tag - of an open source solution, but it also has the polish and sophistication of a commercial solution ...
Magento does have a lot of features and flexibility that put most commercial products to shame. The marketing promotions manager - I was drooling on my keyboard at the flexibility! It seems that no matter what tool I use, the marketing managers always dream up some promotion that can’t be done. Well, I challenge them: come up with a promotion that Magento can’t do! I’m not saying it’s unlimited, but it’s the best I’ve seen.
Magento’s static blocks are fully customized sections of HTML that can be added to catalog pages in different ways. In this screencast, we’ll walk you through how to create a static block and show you a few ways it can be implemented into your store.
We talked with Roy Rubin, who was the driver behind the beautiful implementation of CSBE [Custom Business Search Engine] at Magento. We have decided to retain his original Q&A format so that prospects and users can easily see the decision process for this particular case to use Google’s Custom Search Engine.
We’ve recently spotted a couple of great Magento install tutorials.
The first is by a Magento Community member, srikat. The article goes through an installation for Dreamhost (although it can be applied to any hosting provider) and includes a ~5 minute screencast. Highly recommended.