Author - Robert Popovic

I launched Magebase in April, 2010 and am its editor and contributor. My main topics of interest are Magento development, customization and how to get the most out of Magento with the least amount of headache.

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Reader Comments (20)

  1. Guido Jansen
    January 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm /

    Really great post, thanks Robert!

  2. Christophe
    January 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm /

    The real McCoy of the Magento project management. Great!

  3. Harish
    January 21, 2011 at 1:56 am /

    Soory for hasty comment with lots of typos.
    As there is no edit,here is corrected one

    1. Good article, I am programmer cum shop owner.
    I think consulting professional regarding the decision always may not be good idea. It may sound harsh but “the professional will/may always look for his/her work and possibility of income first”. It may be just like a salesman selling house in the middle of the lake and phoning to sell “boats” to same client later.
    After all “is it right for me?” is not question having concrete yes/no answer.
    more over that yes and no may change with the time, numbers of products, cost of hosting and so on.
    From the article, my general conclusion is magento management can really be costly(after all, free is not actually free) and if it is for small websites(as said “simple software site”) magento may not be required.
    All people seem to agree that magento is resource intense.Is any thing being done to minimize its resource intesity(through road map)?
    I feel as said in the article, after you are feet deep in the magento deployment, returning may not be easy or if you really fall into the problem, there may not be “professional” (who has suggested you magento earlier and made few modules for some thousand dollars) who will pay your hosting and maintenance bills. He/she may just disappear or argue what he has suggested was not wrong. But eventually you will be loser. There may be no option other than either injecting more money or abandoning the project.
    So, what has been discussed in the article is wonderful.It list most factors for decision making. My suggestion read it and use your intuition to make final decision.
    I feel growth wise magento is bigger and powerful but we should not forget that power comes through cost.
    Question is
    are you able to pay it?
    do you really need to pay for it or do you have some alternatives for your need?
    Big doesn’t necessarily mean always good, it is based on your requirement.

  4. Kara Fleming
    Kara Fleming
    January 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm /

    Good evening. After reading your article I wonder why anyone would ever choose to go with Magento – I respect your brutal honesty. I am part way through a Magento project and have used an independent contractor who failed to indicate the demands of the platform as you have so clearly done in your post. I would be keen to talk to you further about looking at my website and what is required to complete it. I am based in NZ.

    1. Jason
      February 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm /


      Have you taken a look at Volusion?

      I do a lot of consulting and communication design for small businesses here in the San Francisco Bay Area and have found that Volusion (a hosted full e-commerce solution) offers a solid comparable result to magento!

      @Robert – A breath of fresh air : The patience needed and costs associated with a free product such as magento are usually over looked by most small businesses and it is wonderful to see your commentary about objective consultation. I recently relaunched using OSCommerce at an obvious cost/time savings to the client.

      Life is Choice!

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  6. Rachel Myers
    September 12, 2011 at 9:43 am /

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  7. gtantra
    July 25, 2012 at 3:22 am /

    Thanks !!! Just when I was about to start my e-commerce site with a “free” magento .
    you saved me a lot of $$$

  8. Galina
    August 28, 2012 at 2:50 am /

    I wouldn’t say the article is discouraging. It’s good to read an objective evaluation of Magento peculiarities. I have found one more article that you can find useful (it’s more general, but useful for those considering Magento for their business)

  9. Natan Antolin
    December 11, 2012 at 11:02 am /

    Great article, I agree that most Magento dev shops are pretty prices, I’ve seen web stores get their site set up overseas and then start looking local for a development shops for the management and updates. While I was doing the same thing I ended up finding a Magento dev shop that specializes in small updates. I don’t have a dev team and most of my updates aren’t frequent or big enough to justify hiring a full on agency. These guys charge $29 per update. Worth it if you have a small Magento store. They are called

  10. Monty
    March 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm /

    Magento ecommerce solution has become the most demanding open source platform of today’s online retail store businesses since it provides a tremendous advantage. With Magento Ecommerce Platform, online store owners are being given the capability of handling multiple stores and facilitate a more systematized browsing of items for sale. Improved management of customer’s orders and having more developed promotional or advertising tools also becomes possible with Magento Ecommerce.

  11. Magento Development India
    April 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm /

    Yes Really! Magento Development is free of cost platform for ecommerce development. Really Informative post, thanks Robert!

    Mackel Kroj from

  12. Surbhi Sheth
    August 1, 2013 at 12:04 am /

    Magento is well known and getting used many companies, it just simply helps eCommerce stores to grow online by its amazing magento extension development and modules.

  13. Minion
    May 24, 2014 at 3:55 am /

    This is really informative. What are your thoughts on using magento open source template but hosting elsewhere (HostGator/GoDaddy etc.)? I’m considering doing this to switch from a site similar to Volusion but now I’m having second thoughts.

  14. Isabella
    April 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm /

    Magento is best ecommerce platform.It have a huge market share. Many ecommerce sites are using magento software. Its extensions are great and easy to use.

  15. cmsideas
    May 12, 2015 at 7:45 pm /

    nice post…Thanks for sharing with us.
    want to be effective there should be investment in website.

  16. Anil
    November 27, 2015 at 9:35 pm /

    Thank your sharing. Great add on to popular platform it sure going be best platform for e-commerce development as Magento has abundant power to create rich, engaging customer experiences with an ecommerce solution that grows with you. magento developer in india


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