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John Debrincat
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Niks, post: 70071 wrote:
I’m wondering what people’s current thoughts are on Magento and what to be wary of?

Thanks :)

A lot has already been said in the answers and there is some good information that has been given. But it comes back down to a simple issue:

Do you want to run a business or a web site / technology platform?

You sound like you are a startup with limited experience based on the questions that you have raised. If you are not a technical person with some knowledge of web development and hosting then do not touch Magento or for that matter any open source solution. If you have a web development / design company that will build and maintain the site then it is a different issue.

Initially setting up and building the store is only the starting point. All open source solutions and Magento included will need to be constantly maintained and patched for bugs, vulnerabilities and exploits. So you can basically never stop maintaining the solution.

If you use a web agency and have an agreed maintenance plan then they do that for you hopefully. If you use a hosted ecommerce solution then the provider does all the maintenance and upgrades to the system as part of the monthly package. There are some really good hosted solutions in Australia and if your business is Australian market focused then I would always recommend Australian hosting.