The client required basic store functionality, integrated into the site design with minimal extra store theming. This seemed like a good test to see how Magento would work when we had a lightweight requirement but didn’t want to use any of the usual suspects (OSCommerce etc). We didn’t encounter any UK specific show stoppers, although as I mentioned we kept this install deliberately very simple and quick.
There are still a few styles that need to be tweaked to site style and there were a few irritations (using Google Checkout as the only payment option meant we had to tweak the template to stop the normal cart being an option, even when there were no other active payment options). Not a big deal but seemed like something that could be handled more gracefully and every extra tweak does have a cost on ‘rapid deployments’.
General impressions were good of Magento’s architecture as far as maintainability and structured enhancement. The platform seems capable of supporting heavy customisation without immediately presenting some of the problems its competitors would.
Magento doesn’t seem to generate emails when using Google Checkout (Google Checkout will though), not sure if this a Google Checkout config. thing, a Magento config. thing or a bug but we couldn’t see anything obvious.
Some page titles need changing from defaults
Zoom on images inappropriate and needs disabling
Apply UK language pack
Second pass over colour scheme to bring closer to site palette
Resolve return to category list from product view semi dead end
Remove some unnecessary price comparison options etc.
I’d be interested to hear of other’s experiences and impressions?