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10 Pros And Cons Of Choosing Magento For Your Ecommerce Store

10 Pros And Cons Of Choosing Magento For Your Ecommerce Store

E-commerce has greatly altered the face of the business world. Nowadays, with a few clicks of a mouse or few touches in your mobile set, you could do most of your business.

While there are many big players in e-commerce or e-business, Magento has been the front runner in online business world – all due to the number of good things it offers. However, it is not devoid of disadvantages. Here below, we have compiled a list of pros and cons of choosing Magento for an e-commerce store for you to weigh them and decide whether you’d want Magneto for your e-commerce or not.

Pros

 1. It is flexible

Magento is an open source platform. In other words, we could modify the source code as per our requirements and desire, which allows us to customize templates and achieve desired functionality.

Furthermore, Magento also allows third party integration for various purposes like importing products and much more. This flexibility is the biggest plus point of Magento as it makes easier to look and analyze performance of websites and also to get a real-time information.

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2. It has many features that other platforms lack

Magento has a wide range of features which allows us to manage multiple stores, and support multiple locations, multiple language, multiple pricing and multiple currencies. Compare Magento vs Shopify, vs Woocommerce, vs Volusion or any other e-commerce platform and it stands out with its abundance of features.

For instance, with the help of Magento, you can vary your price of the specific product depending upon the group of customers. You can have a different price for your staff as well as a different price for VIPs. Moreover, the community version of Magento allows you to enjoy many features, which other e-commerce platforms lack. Therefore, it is one of the biggest pros of choosing Magento over other e-commerce platforms.

3. It has a large community of users

There is a large community of Magento users because it is one of the most used e-commerce platforms in the world. This has helped to ensure quick support. In addition, the large community has inspired to develop many extensions and plugins. As a result, if you have any problems, you are likely to get more support because there are countless resources to solve problems.

4. It is mobile friendly

A mobile friendly configuration is a must to ensure the success of e-commerce. According to one of the surveys, nearly one-fourth of online shoppers felt the need of the mobile friendly e-commerce platform. Online retailers cannot overlook the fact that internet browsing trend has shifted to mobile devices.

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Magento is mobile friendly as it allows to create a mobile site without any difficulty and give best mobile viewing experience to the customer as far as possible. This has helped in the increase of sales and a lower bounce rate.

5. It’s scalable

When we start a small business, we do so, with a view to expand later in the future. As the business grows, our e-commerce platform must be able to handle the increased amount of products and sales. Some of the e-commerce platforms might not be able to handle this growth and may hinder the progress of company but Magento can handle with ease, from a handful of products to thousands of them.

In fact, Magento can approximately support up to five hundred thousands of products and thousands of transactions in an hour. It is a notable advantage because you can customize Magento without any constraints.

Cons

6. It’s expensive

Magento is available in many versions. The community version of Magento is free, while the enterprise version of Magento costs you more than fifteen thousand dollars approximately. Furthermore, Premium Enterprise version of Magento, targeted for large businesses costs you more than fifty thousand dollars approximately for a year.

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Add a third party fee, if you can’t install the extension yourself. This would be an exorbitant venture. Hence, the cost it commands is the biggest drawback of otherwise one of the most popular e-commerce platforms.

7. It has few developers

Magento has a large community of users as well as developers. As a result, it is difficult to find authentic Magento developers. The main reason for this is the complex understanding that one needs to have in object oriented development and vast experience one should possess with core software.

Furthermore, Magento has a large system which possesses over twenty thousand files and two hundred data base tables. One needs a lot of time to master it. As a result, even if you are successful in finding a genuine developer, his prices are surely going to be sky high.

8. It is time consuming

Magento has a slow loading time. Therefore, customizations are pretty difficult to make, in comparison to other e-commerce platforms.  It is also not easy to switch from another e-commerce platform to Magento because it imports the data at a very slow rate.

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One reason behind this slow loading is due to its flexible architecture, which makes it complex and time-consuming to set it up. However, this is highly debated because only community version of Magento is slow at loading. In contrast, the enterprise and premium enterprise versions are quite fast.

9. Hosting

You should use a dedicated server to host Magento. Other normal hosting platforms should not be used to host it. Moreover, it should be configured in a server that you or your developer have proficiency in. Hence, there is a limit to hosting Magento.

Bulkiness is a prime reason behind this. Furthermore, optimization requires a lot of high-level skills and thinking. Hence, it is one of the biggest cons of Magento because it can lead to the crashing of your websites.

10. Bad product support

The product support for Magento is quite expensive because developers and consultant charge handsomely for Magento in comparison to WordPress. In addition, Magento forum support is not what you’d expect it to be. Official support forum of Magento is overrun with spam because of the lack of organized monitoring. This is one of the downsides of choosing Magento.

Imagine having a problem of your own regarding any issue about Magento and not finding any helpful solutions or worst falling prey to the scams. This could be really devastating.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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