We support Virtuemart because it has been traditionally used in Joomla websites to provide e-commerce functonallity. For a new Joomal site that require a lower cost entry into e-Commerce we recommend MijoShop which is OpenCart intergrated into Joomla. If your demands, or vision, are more exacting them Magento is the only choice.
Opencart or Magento ?
- Both are open source ecommerce platforms, neither limit users
- Both are popular and have huge developer communities for support
- Both are developed in PHP
- Both are global ecommerce platforms supporting multiple languages and most currencies
- Both are resource rich with add on products and plugins
- Both use templates to upload products and can be maintained by non-programmers
OpenCart is great for start-ups and speed to market. It provides a powerful ecommerce shopping cart and great tools with a minimal investment.
- Easier to use and set up although limiting at the high end
- Lightweight, easy to integrate with CMS and easy to host.
- The easy-to-use control panel is intuitive, allowing for simple administration
Magento allows businesses to compete at the highest levels with highly customizable shopping experiences, unlimited design restraints, and powerful SEO resources.
- Virtually unlimited control over look and feel, user experience, content marketing and user interface
- The largest group of independent developers on the web which means unlimited and affordable plug-ins, applications and integrations
- Additional enterprise reporting options product search, sales, inventory and low stock reports