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If you are an existing store owner then you must have heard about Mangento for sure. Magento is an Open Source ecommerce web application built on Zend Framework created by Varien.Varien initially started working on osCommerce and wanted to built their own product but later decided to create their own E-Commerce application on Zend Framework. They launched their public beta in 2007 and since then they have released significant updates.
Now, Magento is very popular amongst online store owners and due to its strong backend (Zend Framework) it is giving good results. This success gave boost to the Magento and now there are two versions available in the market.
1. Community Edition (No Community Support, available for FREE)
2. Enterprise Edition (Starting with $8,900 USD/yr)
Magento supports installation of modules through a web based interface accessible through the administration area of a Magento installation. Modules are hosted on the Magento eCommerce website as a PEAR server. Any community member can upload a module through the website and is made available once confirmed by a member of the Magento team. Modules are installed by entering a module key, available on the module page, into the web based interface.
There are three categories of modules hosted on Magento Connect:
- Core Modules
- Community Modules
- Commercial Modules
Core and Community modules can be installed via the administration area. Commercial module pages provide price information and a link to an external website.
If you are using any other Ecommerce open source application then give Magento a try and you won’t regret for sure. Leave us a comment and share your experiences of Magento ecommerce application with us.