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Hosted or Custom development eCommerce store. Which is the best to proceed?

As I see lot of hosted eCommerce are popular now a days (SaaS). So which is best model to proceed?
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Joe Winograd2015-01-05 12:02 AMID: 140215
Hi Loganathan,

Since you mentioned specifically Magento vs. Shopify, here's an article that may interest you:

http://www.lucidpathconsulting.com/shopify-vs-magento-k-9-reasons-switch-shopify/

Look at the readers' comments for different opinions on the author's conclusion. Regards, Joe
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COBOLdinosaur2015-01-05 10:22 AMID: 140249
Interesting article Joe.  Considering the product line of the vendor, I am surprised that it ever saw the light of day. I would never do a site with either, but if one or the other is required, then I will again raise security.  Magento is not secure enough to meet the security standards I require for any site I must support.

For an ecommerce site security trumps everything else because if you get hacked then it is really ugly; it is a nightmare to recover, and it will cost you a lot more than doing it right in the first place.

There are advocates for virtually every piece of junk in the world, and Magento is no exception; but I would not pay a dime for it.

Cd&
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Joe Winograd2015-01-05 11:43 AMID: 140258
Hi Cd&,
I'm considering putting up an ecommerce site for selling software (via download, not physical shipment) that I've developed. I don't want to spend my time on website dev — I'd rather devote that time to developing software to sell. So I'm fine with paying folks like Shopify to host the site, as well as folks like SendOwl (formerly called Digital Delivery App), who has a Shopify app specifically for selling digital goods. I did some research a while back and looked at many possibilities, finally settling on Shopify/SendOwl. But I haven't pulled the trigger yet and am definitely open to other ideas — but only ideas where I don't have to become a website developer, in which I have little experience/expertise. I'd really appreciate hearing your ideas on this (and anyone else who wants to jump in). Thanks, Joe
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COBOLdinosaur2015-01-06 09:30 AMID: 140398
I don't have any experience with send owl but they look secure, and if you use the 30 day free trial, you should get a feel for how well they perform.  I understand the desire to avoid doing your own web development if you don't think you can take it on.  For a small business the hosted solutions are appropriate, and small operations are generally not attacked by hackers in it for the money.  If you grow to the point where you are taking in 10 of thousands of dollars a month you would be well advised to have a security professional with cyber space experience do an audit just in case you have an exploitable hole.  For very large commercial operations where a lot of money is flowing it is penny wise pound foolish to not hire professionals to do a fully custom site with multi-perimeter security.

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Joe Winograd2015-01-06 10:34 AMID: 140402
Cd&,
Thanks for your comments. Yes, game plan is to take advantage of SendOwl's 30-day free trial along with Shopify's 14-day free trial. But before that, I need to generalize some of my custom programs that were done for a specific client in order to appeal to a broader audience. I'd like to kick off the site with a half-dozen or so programs. It will likely be a while before I'm taking in more than $10K a month. When that happens, it will be a good "problem" to have and I'll be happy to call in the security professionals.

Anyone else with thoughts on this? Thanks, Joe
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Loganathan Natarajan2015-05-26 10:11 PMID: 1734917
Finally, I moved with "Martjack" (it is feasible to me)
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