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eCommerce alternatives

Discussion in 'eCommerce' started by Cynthia Moreno, Sep 3, 2021.

  1. #1
    I have a woocommerce website that has worked for me so far. But I need custom functionality now and I’m thinking of adding more plugins. Again, too many plugins are making it more complicated to manage.
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    I’ve looked at Magento, but it’s extremely complicated. Another option would be Shopify, but the price is crazy. I’ve also come across VirtualSoft but it seems expensive as well. Please suggest more alternatives.
     
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    mmerlinn Prominent Member

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    The only way you are going to get custom functionality without bloat is to design your own site. Adding custom functionality to platforms already suffering from bloat just adds more bloat to the web. And more bloat means more security issues, slower response, more bugs to fix time after time, and so on.
     
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    HereIAm2 Greenhorn

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    • Wix.
    • Shopify.
    • 3dcart.
    • Yotpo.
    • Pinnacle Cart.
    • SellerPrime.
    • Jazva.
    • Volusion.
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    When I was on Shopify, I too faced a similar problem of having too many plugins in my store which in turn was swelling my costs. If you don’t like Magento because of the complexity, you should go for hosted solutions that help you to set up stores easily, almost like it’s DIY. And if you think plugins are a hassle for you, you can go for solutions with in-built features and plugins that you can install with just a click.
    You can check out StoreHippo. I have built enterprise-level stores with it. It’s flexible and scalable, thanks to the MACH architecture. The decoupled backend and frontend help me customize my store however I want. Since it’s Saas-based and hosted, I don’t have to worry about the complex hosting and all the coding that goes behind the store. Overall it has worked well for me.
     
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    Shopify is a popular e-commerce platform packed with all features and tools you need to build, operate and grow your online business. I also facing some issues with it but can't that describe by you.
     
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    Have you considered open source e-commerce platforms outside of Magento? These are free to use and developed by community members. Instead of using plugins, you would ask the community members (i.e. developers) what they thought about developing it. The only main costs I can see are hosting the platform (you can use Digital Ocean) and adding new features (you can use Upwork to find affordable developers) that the community will not develop for you.
     
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    Good points here. Technical debt is not a buzzword for no reason. It can quickly become a reality, especially if you are growing fast. Another option, outside of open source e-commerce platforms, is to take a "modular approach". For instance, get an open-source product information manager (PIM), an open-source order management system (OMS), and an open-source headless CMS. These independent modules can connect with one another through an API gateway yet scale independently. You can also develop on top of them. You can learn more by checking out practices such as headless commerce, modular commerce, and and microservices-based commerce.
     
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    If you don't mind me asking, you guys keep talking about plugins and plugin bloating. How many plugins are actually required for a simple product or services site other than payment gateways?
     
    c1lonewolf, Sep 6, 2021 IP
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    #11
    1. WooCommerce
    2. Magento
    3. Bagisto
    4. Drupal
    5. Joomla
    6. Opencart
    7. Prestashop
    8. OsCommerce
    9. Zencart
    10. X-Cart
    11. Virtuemart
    12. Jigoshop
    13. Zeuscart
    There are plenty options. It depents how good ur at programming.

    I would start learning php. Cuz feels like ur going wrong direction. Less plugins = better. Laravel is flexible and efficient and extremely fast framework. Take ur time, do some reading. There are plenty tutorials out there.


    cf7, woocommerce and wp-rocket is appreciated. Ofc you can use something else instead of wp-rocket, but i appreciate their work. Imo plugin is made very well and they definitely deserve every single penny
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    It's been a while but you need
    • Akismet
    • Securi
    • Authori(?) that hides your author names from bots
    • Jetpack
    • Contact form 7
    And that's just to start - then you've got the plugins that add social sharing, likes, etc

    Then... if you want to add anything that isn't a straight subject/body/tags you'll be adding more.

    If you're a coder you'll write your own plugins to handle custom fields and custom posts. If you aren't then you're adding more third party plugins.

    If you're selling you have a suite of plugins from folk like woocommerce to pick and choose from. But you'll need a few.

    And finally, because SEO is vital for small sites and companies you'll need yoast or something similar.
     
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    Thanks for the list. I am learning Laravel these days from Stackdevelopers youtube channel. Is it fine to create an e-commerce website?

     
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    You'd better think of designing your own site. Surely, it looks more complicated and expensive, but it is worth it. I believe that it is better to do it on your own, so that you'll understand how it works and you will be able to modify it the way you want in the future.
     
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    Nothing wrong with it. Just balance out the efficiency of an existing CMS versus the flexibility of a DIY system. "Understanding how it works" is overrated if your requirements are generic and essential if you're doing something fancy.
     
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    Own coding is always better .... If you are good coder and know what you are looking for in a eccomerce or in normal website.
     
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    I have been using Laravel for a long time and when I discovered Pimcore - everything started to be easier :D

    Anyone else here using Pimcore to build ecommerce?
     
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