Ok, if you’ve visited our blog before you know we are Magento fans. No doubt about that. So what about the title of this article, the cons of Magento? Well, I felt earlier this week when I was speaking to a client that it’s true: Magento isn’t the ‘one size fits all’ solution. So there are circumstances in which Magento is not the right choice for you. When? Let’s have a closer look at the cons of Magento.
Magento is consumer oriented
Are you searching for an e-commerce solution for B2B? Well, Magento is capable of supporting it, but remember that originally the system has been designed for Business to consumer stores. In a B2B environment there are often very specific requirement that a standard solution like Magento cannot support without using extensions/modifications. I think there are better B2B solutions out there and we even often see businesses having something custom made.
Magento is difficult
Or complicated, what’s in a word? Anyway, we would like to warn anyone that has been using solutions like WordPress or Joomla and thinks that Magento is similar to those ones. It isn’t. Really. Yes, Magento works with extensions, just like to CMS systems. And yes, Magento has a backend that you can use to run your shop. But setting it up and, even more complicated, creating a Magento template isn’t something suited for newbies. Not at all. Magento is a powerful solution, but not ‘beginner friendly’. If you want something very simple then do not go for Magento, or try Magento Go maybe.
Magento has been developed in the USA
So, what’s wrong about that? Well, nothing but if you live in a diferent part of the world you’ll know what I mean. Please check if Magento is able to fit your needs. In most cases it does, although sometimes some extensions or little changes might be needed to adapt Magento to your local requirements.
Magento is too slow
No shared hosting solutions for Magento please. If you’re serious about your online business you definitely need a good hosting package for your store. Magento will still run on some (not all!) low cost website hosts, but it will be sloooooow. You just need to spend money here to retrieve an acceptable performance level. Also here, Magento requires you to know what you’re doing. Or to hire someone who does…
Maintaining Magento isn’t easy at all
WordPress is famous for it: Just click and update. Ok, make sure you have a backup available, but after all it’s a one-click-update process. No such a thing when you’re working with Magento. Updates need to be planned and executed carefully and are time consuming. Still you cannot ignore them, cause running an old version could mean a high security risk. Due to the popularity of Magento it has become an interesting target for hackers and other criminal minds. A problem that you can overcome, but just be aware of it.
The Search function isn’t ok
We’ve seen better things than the default search function of Magento. Ok, you can try to improve the Magento search results, but still it just isn’t top notch.
Ok, we’ll go for something different!
Ho, stop, that’s not what I wanted to say here. We just want to be clear that even a very popular solution like Magento has its downsides. As all Standard e-commerce packages will. What you’ll have to do is to check whether or not Magento fits your needs. Still good chances that it does. And just be aware of the cons of Magento before you start. And make sure that you have some budget available. A couple of hundred dollars just won’t do. That’s all. How do you feel? Any solutions available that do not have these cons and is the perfect e-commerce solution? Please share it, we’ll be happy to test drive!