What is Magento? How to get a Magento store.

What is Magento?

Magento is an open source e-commerce platform with an impressive feature set out of the box and is built using the industry standard Zend Framework. The community edition of Magento is free to use but for larger stores there is an enterprise edition available with an expanded feature set and a support agreement with the developers of Magento.

Why use Magento?

Magento has an impressive feature set out of the box. Some of the available features include:

  • support for multiple currencies / stores
  • support for multiple payment providers
  • related products
  • discount codes

In addition if you find a feature you need that is not in the box there are a large amount of both free and commercial extensions that can be installed to bolt on new functionality to your store.

Magento may not be suitable for all projects however. As with all off the shelf software it relies upon the user changing their working patterns to match the software, rather than the software working the way you want to work. However for start ups or businesses on a budget it’s a cost effective way of getting your shop up and running as quickly as possible.

What can Fluid do for you?

Here at Fluid we have a number of Magento projects under our belt and depending on your budget we can provide anything from a simple installation to a full custom design for your store. We have also worked on extending Magento with custom functionality – whatever your imagination can think of we can provide it. Each new Magento store needs skinning to make your store stand out from everyone else, so it’s never a simple case of software installation. Think of Magento as a basic structure which needs adding to and modifying…

If you are interested in any of our Magento services get in touch today to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Mike Smith
  • Written by on 19th October 2009 at 10:31
  • “Mike Smith is head of development at Fluid Creativity.”
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