Why I Gave Up on Magento
Magento is a popular open-source eCommerce platform. There is an enterprise version that is available for a price.
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I build websites for a living. I also vape which is an excellent alternative for cigarettes. I disclose this for a reason.
My first serious look at Magento was because of the eCommerce store that a company I buy vape juice from uses. I had issues with their store using IE 11. There was a cookie conflict that prevented me from logging in. I was able to log in using chrome. At this point, I should just forgot about Magento. However, like most web developers are, I was curious. So I decided to explore Magento.
My first try was to install Magento on my computer on XAMPP server. There was one problem after another that was related to how Magento handles cookies and sessions. I’m not one to give up, so I installed the Wamp server and tried again. I had the same problems when I tried to log in to Magento. But I am stubborn. So, I decided to install on a Linux server at Hostgator. Magento requires some permissions to be set at 777, and Hostgator does not allow 777 for security reasons. However, I got support involved, and they got it to work. Them guys are great.
Well all things are good… Right? No, I find out that Magento is a resource hog that won’t work worth a crap on shared severs. I contacted Hostgator about going VPS and even they said, VPS was not a good alternative. Magento is such a resource hog, that it should only be installed on a dedicated server.
Compare that experience to WordPress and the WooCommerce eCommerce plugin. I have never had a problem with WooCommerce. Works well on shared, VPS and dedicated servers. There is nothing that Magento can do that Woocommerce can’t. So, I gave up for first time in my life to give up on something. I gave up. I surrendered. I quit Magento.
That’s all folks:)