Monday, June 16. 2008
Posted by Kevin Harrison
Magneto E-Commerce seems to be a new kid on the block. It looks like they are trying to compete with some big ecommerce guys like osCommerce or perhaps Zen Cart.
To be perfectly honest, I have never played with either e-commerce solution for more than a few minutes since I never needed to. I work with closed source software known as Actinic. I know Actinic inside and out. I know most of its flaws, I know most of its bugs and I know most of its workarounds.
So unfortunately, I'm kind of comparing apples to oranges with Actinic and Magneto, but at least they are both fruits.
A few weeks ago I tired the administrative back end to Magneto. I liked how everything was web based. Magneto basically had similar features to Actinic regarding the content tree with product sections and brochure pages. It was refreshing to see something new to be honest.
The one thing that stood out for me with Magneto was their one page checkout. Actinic lumbers along with its 4 separate page checkout.
Unfortunately though, unless you have very simple demands for your online store, I don't think Magneto will do the trick for you.
Actinic has the edge on time developed. Actinic has been around since the mid 90's and it has been constantly been developed. Actinic has many more payment service providers and they handle shipping and handling much better especially since UPS is integrated in Actinic.
If I had the choice between free and the cost route, I would have to lay out the few hundred dollars to pay for the Actinic license. Although, I am not counting Magneto out just yet. After all, the Magneto e-commerce software is practically brand new, it is still in its beta cycle. I expect if they get the developers that they need, they can make something worth wild.
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