Good web shop platform recommendations?

9 years ago from , UX Designer/Developer

Hello everyone!

I have spent two days trying to get a server I have on DigitalOcean to run Magento. DigitalOcean has great tutorials, Magento does not (at least, not to me). I want my shop to run on a LEMP stack (Linux, nginx, MySQL, PHP) for swiftness.

I initially chose Magento because I heard it scales well. I don't expect to be a huge online force though, but hey, anything can happen. I believe a similar post was here on DN some time ago, but the search function doesn't seem to go that far.

Does anyone have any good recommendations? Preferably, if you have a shop or have experience working with one.


  • Hidde van der PloegHidde van der Ploeg, 9 years ago

    SEOshop is also a SaaS platform deeply integrated with all European standards. Lot of technically flexebility.

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  • Chris MousdaleChris Mousdale, 9 years ago

    Hey good question! I have used magento before, and personally I found i ended up spending more time tweaking and configuring my site to work faster, and perform better with SEO than i spent running my business!

    Also I have some concerns over Magento after the eBay acquisition. Lots of core members of the team have left. The community version hash;t been updated as regularly… and they've stopped MagentoGo.

    I now use and recommend Shopify to people. It's a SAAS platform, but the plus side means that all the tech and speed etc are all looked after by someone else - so you can concentrate on running your business! Plus the blog section on it is great. And it's really quick and easy to use too.

    If you sign up for a free trial with this link I might be able to extend your free trial for you too.

    Also they have great documentation to boot. It's literally the opposite of Magento! haha. I do however understand that it's not a self hosted - but seriously try it. It's great.

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    • ポール ウェッブ, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

      Hmm, I understand that sites like Shopify, Squarespace, and Tictail make things easier, but I am not completely comfortable with that. I'd much prefer self-hosting, but these are great last resorts.

      EDIT: Actually, Shopify looks pretty good, I'll look into it more.

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      • Chris MousdaleChris Mousdale, 9 years ago

        Cool - yeah it's definitely worth checking out. And the templates are easy to modify too. Like i said - if you sign up with that link - I might be able to extend your 14 day free trial period a little bit? Also give me a shout if you need anything via twitter: @chrisedmo

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