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6:31 am on Jan 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone,

Thanks for reading my posting.

I am currently working on a project for a client where I will be implementing a system which offers its subscribed users online video and images. also it will have a full online store to sell products.

as much as it sounds like an adult store it's really not :)

I know both Magento and Joomla can do the job, but I am also looking into which plat form is easier/faster to grow with.

Which system is best.. or would you use something entirely different?

Thank you for your time.


1:24 pm on Jan 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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First, you're comparing an apple to an orange. Magento is not a platform. It's an ecommerce solution. And Joomla is not an ecommerce engine, it's Content Management System.

From what I read here, Magento would be a bad choice. Joomla is the better system and I believe has ecommerce modules that work reasonably well. I can't speak to how well or easy they are to use though.

How many products are you going to work with?


4:29 pm on Jan 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Lorax,

Thank you for your response,

I understand the vast difference between Magento and Joomla, but as you also mentioned due to the modules both solutions can be turned into E-commerce or Cms. We are going to have about 30 GB of videos and movies and about 500 actual items to sell in the store, so the site will have a store end and a registration end to it. I think you may be right, Joomla does have a better user management end to it, but what's worrying me is the store modules, I am not sure how well they are build.


6:15 pm on Jan 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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With Joomla you, to get the ecoomerce portion of it working, you'll need to go with something like virtuemart. I have plenty of experience with Joomla, but none with virtuemart. I've looked into it and it seems to be fairly solid.

One thing you'll need to consider is if you're client will be using his/her own merchant account is if the virtuemart system is PCI compliant or has any plans to become so.

As for Magento, I just upgraded one of my ecom sites to it and have to say I really like it. It is a resource hog though. I ended up having to move to a new host that specializes in hosting for them. Once I made the move my magento based site is probably my faster ecom site now.

Another issue to consider is code alterations. Magento's code is much harder to work with so code alterations will take much more time and expense if outsourcing. Joomla is fairly straightforward to work with in terms of tweaking.

I know I probably didn't help your decision, but I did want to give you a bit more to think about.


7:19 pm on Jan 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Philosopher, I really appreciate your feedback, I think I am leaning towards joomla, at my full time job I just upgarde to magento too, and I love it, but it is more work for sure.

I will look into virtue mart.

Thank you,


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