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I am a web designer with skills in HTML and CSS, and am familiar with adding adding php code from my experience modifying wordpress blogs, but I am not a php programmer at all.

I am evaluating a few shopping cart systems for use by several clients asking me to implement them for their sites.

Can you provide some honest feedback about the ups and downs of using Magento?

For example:

How long did it take you from day one of learning about Magento to being able to get a cart up and running?

What types of skills did you start with and feel that you needed to do this?

How easy was it to get help and how often did you need to get help?

What are the benefits and limitations of Magento for those who may have used other shopping carts, especially Avactis.

Thanks much.

david

 
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> How long did it take you from day one of learning about Magento to being able to get a cart up and running?

6-8 month of learning in total

> What types of skills did you start with and feel that you needed to do this?

CSS, XHTML, XML, PHP, OOP skills, + Photoshop =)

> How easy was it to get help and how often did you need to get help?

you can get help in magento wiki and community forum

> What are the benefits and limitations of Magento for those who may have used other shopping carts, especially Avactis.

Magento is slow sometimes, it uses heavy frameworks e.g. zend framework
Besides the design integration is not so easy task, like in Avactis shopping cart.

I think that the Avactis is the best choice for designers, and Magento is great with commercial templates.

 
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I really depends on the store.  You could have a store running in less then a day with the default layouts, and a simple config(saved cc, flat rate shipping).  But you will still need to do a lot more work to perfect it.  Some people(less than 5%) will contact you saying they can’t check out and it will take time to try and figure out why.

 
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Incognito - 17 September 2009 03:50 AM

I really depends on the store.  You could have a store running in less then a day with the default layouts, and a simple config(saved cc, flat rate shipping).  But you will still need to do a lot more work to perfect it.  Some people(less than 5%) will contact you saying they can’t check out and it will take time to try and figure out why.

yes, and that is why, it is vital for the on-line business to have own tech support specialist who will help to resolve the technical issues of customers, or outsource this type of work to 3rd party support company or support of the shopping cart solution you use (for example if it is not a magento).

 
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