Update: Since writing this post, Magento has had several updates, and I have found a couple of excellent web host for Magento that speed things up a lot. I have used and been satisfied with both the speed and support of Simple Helix and WiredTree for Magento web hosting.
My experience with the Magento E-Commerce Software (thus far):
I don’t even remember how I ran across Magento, but I think it was somewhere between Tripping over CRE Loaded oscommerce but after falling into the Hell of Zen Cart. I had just about called it quits with open source shopping cart software. The typical, cookie-cutter shopping cart solutions: Zen Cart, CRE-Loaded (and many more) are all based on the ancient oscommerce framework, and hardly any of them offer anything new, or stable for that matter.
And then I…. tripped into the pearly white gates of Magento E – Commerce. What a beautiful open source software. This software is different though. It has an actual company backing and supporting the it. I thought I had totally hit a gold mine and after reading up on the software, I knew I did!
….don’t count your chickens before they hatch. It doesn’t matter how aesthetically appealing a website is to the eye, if it isn’t functional (fast, I should say, because Magento is a billion times more functional than its predecessors) then it isn’t worth crap. I installed this sweet new software onto a shared dreamhost server and boy was I un-impressed. I don’t even know what to compare the speed to. I guess you could say it was as slow as I was jumping off the diving board for the first time when I was a wee lad of 13 (I kid). A more accurate comparison would be like watching ants in an ant farm build their tunnels. Enough of my lame analogy’s for now. But it is slow!!!
What a let down…
Reluctant to give up on the software though, I just paid $100 bucks (per year) for simplehelix.com web hosting. They brag about being able to host Magento. I haven’t had time to experiment with the actual speeds, but I sure do hope it goes quick. Magento is awesome! ……awesome if it will go fast of course.
Throughout my time watching the ants build their tunnels, I think I discovered how to mass import products into the new store. The site went so slow that I couldn’t ever confirm or deny that my testing was right.
Later… I’ll update my findings as well as any tips or tricks associated with the perils of setting up this beautifully wicked software.
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