January 4th, 2013, 05:16 AM
E-Commerce/CMS framework advie
I am just wandering if I can get some advice on the best framework for e-commerce and cms. I will be redeveloping a website for a client of mine which has needs for both a cms and e-commerce integration.
Apart from a custom written solution, I havent really found a decent framework for combining the two. From what I understand Magento is still lacking in a decent cms and I'm not sure wordpress e-commerce plugins I have looked at will be suitable for an e-commerce solution.
The biggest things I require are Shipping Module, Tax Module, Recurring/Subscription payments (non automated) with renewal reminders (similar functionality to purchasing a magazine subscription for example), Donations, Ease of use and simplicity, simple Membership module with manual annual renewal and all the other standard e-commerce functionalities like multiple payment gateway choices etc..
The possibilities I have thought of so far are:
- Wordpress with wordpress e-commerce plugins (Cart66, WP-Ecommerce or Shopp)
- Magento and with some sort of CMS plugin. (I have also looked aheadWorks Subscription and recurring payments module)
- Magento and Wordpress together (wordpress for the content requirements / magento for e-commerce)
- Joomla with VirtueMart.
- CS-Cart (I have ruled this out pretty much because it doesn't not implement recurring payments very well)
I am happy to spend money if that means finding the right solution.
If anyone could offer some advice that would be great.
January 4th, 2013, 12:33 PM
I would never use blogging software (like wordpress) for a shop, or for anything but blogging. (i probably made someone mad now :P). I worked ones with magenta and I hate it. That being said. Have you tried joomla(cms) & virtuemart(component)? I know quite some shops that run successfully on that. You might want to try it out.
-edit: let me add why I hate magenta. My experience was that it was very slow even on their own demo site. Also I found it hard to customize things. I helped some people with joomla and virtuemart and it was quite easy to modify things and it ran smoothly.
Last edited by aeternus; January 4th, 2013 at 08:28 PM.
January 4th, 2013, 07:10 PM
When it comes to E-Commerce, it's a lot easier to recommend software to avoid:
* oscommerce (and anything based on it) - the source code is an absolute nightmare
* Zen Cart (same reasons as oscommerce)
* X-Cart - the interface is poorly designed and the English translation is not great
* anything that is a WordPress plugin - WordPress has a terrible backend architecture, and most of the shopping cart plugins for it embrace that wholeheartedly; plus the code quality of WordPress plugins on average is pretty bad
Take from another thread:
January 15th, 2013, 05:02 AM
How about using opencart for e-commerce?? plz respond to my mail id or here.
Last edited by mohnish; January 15th, 2013 at 05:03 AM.
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