Should I knuckle down and learn to use Magento, or is there a friendlier option that will do everything I need?
I am building an commerce site for a small business that needs to serve both the general public and their wholesale clientele. I've got some experience with several Wordpress-based ecommerce solutions, but am I going to find them limiting in the long run?
The ecommerce side will be fairly traditional. There's going to be a minimum order amount. There are currently something like 120 products, and it grows by approximately 20-30 every year.
The two slightly abnormal things that I need this site to do, when a wholesale customer is logged in:
- Show an alternate price.
- Give an extra checkout option (of invoicing seperately)
There's also the potential possibility of a subscription-based web service in the next year or so, but we'll worry about that when it happens.
Unfortunately, this precludes the usage of any hosted solution.
Not very complex, and I can easily do it in one of the Wordpress-based plugins. However, I can't shake the nagging feeling that they're all a bit of a fudged solution, which slightly scares me off them. The past feedback
on this very site has also been rather off-putting.
So I've also been looking at a dedicated system, which has seemed to boil down to Magento being unanimously declared the bestest. The complicated structure is scaring me off, as I know I don't need a massive unfriendly system, and the admin page will be tough for the client to use. But I feel more confident that it'll handle anything thrown at it.
So there are two things I'm asking:
- Should I take the Wordpress ecommerce solutions seriously? If so, are there any that you particularly recommend for my purposes.
- Is Magento worth working with for a small business, and does it start to become easier to work with over time? Any recommended resources?