01-10-2011, 05:33 AM
Is it possible to use magento with little coding experience? My hosting company will install it, so I won't need to do that. How much of a php coder do I have to be to be able to set up a site with it?
01-10-2011, 09:58 AM
If everything you need is out-of-the-box, then you don't really need much coding experience.
It's when you have to custom some functionality or add features that require you to dig into Magento, then you'll have to have some coding experience. Often, it means a LOT of coding experience since Magento is rather an intricate web application, with many layers of files (6000+ i think?) because of it's OOP-based (some say overly engineered OOP-base) architecture.
Simple stuff, I imagine you can get away with, but for larger modification you'll not only need to know PHP well, but also the Zend framework, which Magento is based off of.
But again, plenty of people don't need to do any kind of change and are happy with Magento as it is since it does offer many features, more so than most free e-commerce web applications. So you may not ever need to modify anything.
My main worry wouldn't be the coding expertise but if it will run well on your web host as Magento is a very demanding web application, often requiring a web host that specializes in hosting Magento.
Alternatively, if you wanted something easier to modify, then Prestashop is pretty good. It's newer than OSCommerce or ZenCart, the other two popular PHP e-commerce apps, and has an active following. I played with it awhile and liked it, but I have not deployed it live yet as that client scrapped the project.
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