Should you use Magento, the PHP open source ecommerce solution? We think the answer is yes. We even certified ourselves with Magento corporate to prove our commitment. Since the dust has settled over the arrival of Magento in the Spring of 2008, Montana Banana feels they are finally worth considering as the best place to start any ecommerce project. Much of that is thanks to eBay, who bought the company in June of 2011. With a driven company like eBay at their back, there is far less risk of dwindling into obscurity. This is not to say there are other ecommerce solutions that will not work better for your company or product.
It is to say the number of benefits now outweigh the potential costs of using Magento.
Solid Out of the Box: A base install of Magento will provide almost every ecommerce feature an online store needs. Most clients that approach us to build them ecommerce solutions describe what Amazon does and then they ask us if we can do that. The answer to most of those requests is ‘yes, Magento does that’. The trick of course is to remove/hide all the features that you will NOT want to use. We believe in a clean workshop. That tidiness results in greater productivity for our clients Let’s remember that eBay is pushing the agenda for this company. That raises the bar by bringing Fortune 500 companies into the mix to incorporate Magento into their corporate environment.
That means Montana Banana Web Development can leverage code written to integrate into most major POS, Inventory, and Business Analytic software–like Microsoft Dynamics, SAS, SAGE, SalesForce to name four common softwares. Now 5 years in business, the open source community surrounding Magento has reached a critical point that makes Magento Commerce the most impressive Open Source Catalog and shopping cart in the market today by a long shot. Montana Banana has proven experience in the Magento code set; and more impressive experience solving complex ecommerce problems since 1996.
- Magento has a solid set of features out of the box
- Magento has an impressive open source community that contributes
- Magento customization is straightforward
- Magento, the company, pays attention to possible security holes
- Magento, the company, is backed by eBay