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Considering Magento, a few questions
 
floatingworld
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Magento looks very good. We are coming from Joomla/Virtuemart and Magento looks like it has many of the functions Vmart is missing. A couple questions:

Does Magento also have any CMS capabilities like blogs etc..?

Have any Canadian payment processors been created for Magento? If not, is there API documentation we can use to make one?

In the front end, can one “navigate by attributes: for example, could someone search for all products that come in the colour red? Similarly, can products be browsed according to what is featured?

How easy is the admin functionality? Can someone with now web skill administer the site?

How easy is it to template and style Magento sites?

Can magento integrate with “Business Vision” accounting software from http://www.sagebusinessvision.com/?

Finally, How much development time is required? We are used to Joomla /Vmart that has a straightforward templating system and a large community for support, allowing for rapid development time. How many hours have you spent developing a Magento store from the idea stage through launch?

 
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JoshBelke
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Magento does the Catalog VERY well. CMS is a bit weak, this is why 3rd party systems like Joomla and Drupal are pushing for intergration.

Magento-The code is beautiful, and the information is broken well into Layer/Program/View layers.
Its scalable, its class based, and its intuitive for programmers compared to OSCommerce / Zencart.

Magento is also intricate and with the plethora of options comes the plethora customizations to those options that are required.
Some of these options can be curved via a new administrative role in the cart so you can limit the amount of options one must use.

In response to your questions:
-CMS is very basic. 6/10 (3rd parties that doe CMS are interested in joining)
-Blogs are possible via an extention (a wordpress one exists)
-There are a plethora of processors, there is an api and information on creating your own shipping modules in the community with a quick search. 8/10
-Yes to attributes, its how you design it. 8/10
-Yes someone can administer it (the catalog). 7/10 (goes back to configuring what the administrators can do or not do)
-Ease of template and style… from experience:
Magento does themes, these cover the design of pretty much every page, its layout, whats loaded, whats not etc.
Getting a design up, header, footer, colors, links, etc… very easy.:  CSS - style = 9/10 for ease of use.
Customizing Templates = Layouts and Templates joined, 6/10… not always intuitive, sometimes conflicting, if you do not have any program knowledge… get someone in there!

 
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floatingworld
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Thanksfor this great info! Can magento integrate with “Business Vision” accounting software from http://www.sagebusinessvision.com/, and has it been done already?

 
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JoshBelke
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I do not know what you mean fully by integrate, or what that means to you specifically.

Magento can export its product database, and its user database, it can also export reports.

The exporting process I have not had an issue with, importing can be a whole different situation.

Their ‘dataflow’ which is an entire section of its own is continually under development.

Currently, you can export via CVS (with custom delimiters) or XML.

You will find that when importing you need to pay close attention to what your application means by “CSV” if this is the way you wish to go to ‘intergrate’ the data.

When i say, what this means… i mean…
does the CSV raw data look like:

what magento expects: “bob”,"”,"1,2”,"”,"”,"","”
if you provide: bob,,"1,2",,,,
as “CSV” you are going to be in a world of hurt.

Also when importing, Magento supports Multiple stores, you will need to ensure what store you are pulling new information into, and also need to know what values things are based on… for instance, everything is based on a unique key ‘SKU’ if you try to import a new list and you keep the sku the same, things will be updated to the current sku, if you change the sku, you will find you have new product merchandise.
There are also other required fields, and if neglected, you will see things explode.

What you need to do is find out exactly what is your software looking for… and what does it provide.
If you are using excel 2007, avoid CSV all together, use XML.

You will need to get more feedback on what Business Vision provides (i am unaware) but there is work being done for integration with Quickbooks.

 
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