Magento An Introduction

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What is Magento?
Magento is an open source eCommerce platform with two versions: Magento Community Editon, and Magento Enterprise Edition. Magento is developed by Magento Inc and is built upon PHP, and the Zend Framework.

The Magento Community Edition uses the Open Software License (OSL) v3.0 which is sufficient for most online stores.

Why use Magento?
Magento is extremely flexible, and requires very minimal customization to have a fully functioning store. In addition, Magento has incredible search engine optimization built into from the start which allow you to quickly start marketing to web users and get noticed by search engines. For a list of all of the awesome features, you should check out the official Magento Features.

Why do I recommend Magento?
I recommend Magento because of the ease of customization, amazing flexibility, and the quickly growing library of extensions which are often free or very low cost. We offer services for Magento, and aren’t afraid to help customers migrate from oscommerce or some other open source system.

What do I need for Magento?
For Magento to run you need MySQL, PHP, and good quality web hosting. We don’t recommend shared hosting to any of our clients, and think you shouldn’t use it either!

Author: Brian Cline

Brian is a programmer living in Niagara Falls with ten years of development experience. He is passionate about automation, business process re-engineering, and gamification. For the last six years or so, he has been working with Salesforce and JavaScript.

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