I’m a bit of a one man band with a great retail store that is looking to also sell online. I’ve been bouncing around a few forums trying to decide what solution to use. I thought I’d nailed it, then Magento got thrown into the mix and now I’m seriously confused....
To be honest, I’d found a good off the shelf hosted solution with a sophisticated web based CMS. This suited me fine as I don’t know HTML or any other programming languages, so the attraction was the WYSIWYG interface, which I could take over once the site was fully customised. This also helped with my small initial budget.
But then I’ve been talking to a good company who’ve said that they can host Magento, and put a basic WYSIWYG template in place for some of the key pages, plus set up things like taxation and payment gateways, which from readnig here are the things that have given people real headaches.
Magento is definitely my preferred choice in terms of functionality and design. It just looks amazing.
My question though is, if I go down the Magento route described above do you guys think I’ll be out of my depth when my website is handed back to me? I’m particularly interested to hear back from the people who have been there and launched a Magento site. What level of resource was needed and how are you finding the upkeep? Do “upgrades” to Magento mean that you need to revisit the work you’ve already done?
And if anyone else has some views on this, please do let me know. I’m desperately trying to gather as much info as possible as I really want to make the right decision!!!!!