Magento Top 10 things to know: Magento software has made quite a buzz since the version 1 release in 2008 and revolutionized the world of e-commerce solutions. The reasons for this enthusiasm about Magento websites are numerous, here are 10 of them.
Opensource Software, Solid Company
Written in PHP, based on the Zend framework, Magento is an opensource solution.
This means that source code is public: everyone has access to it, for free. Contributions from anyone are welcome and speed of integration of new features is increased, as it was the case for example for VAT management: the first official release was not adapted to European market but the openness of the code helped solving this problem within a few weeks.
However, Magento was developed by a for-profit company, Varien, ensuring uniformity and consistency in functionality and continuity in developments, with over sixty persons working on it .
Download Magento, unzip the archive on your Apache / PHP / MySql server, run the automatic installation script, go to the admin panel to customize Magento configuration and you're ready to sell!
Having that done, updating the system when new releases comes out can be easily done by going back to the administration panel, clicking only twice on your mouse, no more.
Of course, you would still have to customize the look of your store and integrate your catalog content.
Highly Customizable Data Model, Long Feature List
Whether you are selling shoes, socks, clothes, curtains, wine, hotel rooms or virtual downloadable products, Magento data model is designed and thought to fit your needs, while offering the standard features that you are entitled to expect from an e-commerce website: product customizable attributes (sizes, colors ...), configurable products, Cross-Sell, Up-Sell, et cetera.
Moreover, version 1.3 introduced the concept of flat catalog that provides an excellent compromise between performance and customizability.
Among the many standard features available, you will find tools for managing price and promotions.
Advanced Management for Template Design
Magento Design system allows you to manage the template of your Magento website.
Supplied with a basic graphic design, Magento allows you to lay out your shop as you want to, while allowing you to benefit from future releases. (See Creating templates for your Magento website.)
Designed for Search Engine Optimization
Thanks to Magento your store is ready for global sales, with the possibility (but not the obligation) to define for each area or country:
- its own currency,
- its own language (many languages are available),
- its own graphic design,
- its own sub-catalog,
- its own shipping rules,
- et caetera .
Magento currently knows how to handle over 200 payment systems , including:
- ATOS / Sips,
- CyberMUT Paiement / Paiement CIC,
- FIAT-NET ReceiveAndpay,
- Google Checkout,
- et caetera .
It is also easy to add new ones.
Magento currently knows how to handle over 60 shipping systems , including:
- Free shipping management,
- TNT, relais colis,
- et caetera .
It is also easy to customize a module to suit your logistical constraints and your pricing policy, or even create new ones.
Connecting to Your System
Magento provides standard modules import / export that allows you to import files to Magento.
These modules can be easily automated and customized to fit in your existing system. (See Importing files into Magento)
Robust Software, Reliable Solution
With today hundreds of e-Store running on Magento , some of which containing over 300,000 records (three hundred thousand) Magento is now recognized as a reliable and trustworthy software, whatever your needs are.