cms + shopping cart

Posted on 2010-01-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-29
I am an experienced web designer (10 years), but only basic programming skils (php, javascript) - so NOT very skilled with programming but an ok hack. My client wants an e-commerce website with CMS and shopping cart for about 50 products, Paypal, Paypal Pro, etc.  - with an "easy to use" admin area.

From a development standpoint (easy to setup and customize) and ease of use for the client (update abd maintain) what is the best CMS and shopping cart combination?  Or is there a shopping cart application that can be used as a CMS  (or vice-versa) ?

My experience with WordPress is that it runs decent for blogs and small sites but it runs painfully slow with larger sites - so I prefer to avoid it.

I am hoping for objective suggestions from someone who has first hand experience with building and maintaining e-commerce websites.

Thank you in advance for your advice.
Question by:web5dev7
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    Hi web5dev7,

    If you don't want to use WordPress, the next step up would be Joomla with the VirtueMart plugin for ecommerce.  If the site is going to be mainly ecommerce and very little associated content, you might be better off with a pure ecommerce site like ZenCart.

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    Hi Jason,

    I am willing to reconsider Wordpress - but several months ago I worked on a 20 page Wordpress site that had a shopping cart plugin. It was terribly slow - like back in dial up days. Could not figure out why so we finally uninstalled Wordpress, redid the site the old fashioned way (plain vanilla html / php from scratch) and site was fast again.  

    In my research on message boards there seems to be some headaches with Joomla/VirtueMart. I may have to try that - but before I commit to the learning curve - I just wondered if there are any other suggestions?  Anyone ??

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    by:Jason C. Levine
    Look into ZenCart or OSCommerce then.

    Not sure why you had so much trouble with WordPress...that's not typical.

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    Jason, thank your for response - I have reviewed those in the past but I will take a another look at those.  I appreciate your input.

    I was hoping to get more opinions from a larger pool of experts.  How about a lesser known, but promising CMS and/or shopping cart - some combo that works particularily well together?  

    How about CMS Made Simple, Sympony, Perch, Magento, Silverstripe, GetSimple, etc.  Opinions... anyone else ?
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    I come from the side of things where I value a robust system and the ability to grow with your client.  Magento is capable of doing everything you want in one package.  It has a minimal CMS built into it from the start and there are some commercially supported blog extensions that are fully integrated into the ecommerce system.  I recommend staying away from CMS/shopping cart combos if possible because unless you really need advanced features of a full CMS, you are relying on the fact that two independently developed pieces of software will continue to mesh well.  Every time a new update comes out for one of the two, you will have to wait until an update for your connector is made as well.  You are at the mercy of the person creating the connector between on system and the other.  If you are not a PHP developer then save yourself the headache and find an ecommerce that will fit your needs from the start.  My preferred combo (if absolutely required) is TYPO3/Magento and the connector is TYPOGENTO.  Magento will take you a little while to understand but I assure you that it's a system worth getting to know for the sake of flexibility and to be part of such a hugely active community.

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