Wordpress has now been around for many years and has developed a long way since its first incarnation as a tool just for blogging. Of course it is still a powerful blogging tool, but other parts of the software have been enhanced so much that it is now the platform of choice for all manner of websites.
It has overtaken both Drupal and joomla as the most searched for CMS (graphic from Google Trends)
While it doesn’t necessarily correlate that it is therefore the most used CMS, it’s a reasonable assumption that more people are searching for it because more people are trying to do things with it.
I’ve been using Magento for over a year now, so have the knowledge to write an informed review about the community version from the point of view of an ecommerce store owner. You may get plenty of reviews from SEO’s or web developers, here I will try to review it as a reasonably knowledgeable techy, but not a professional developer, but more importantly as an ecommerce store owner.
Magento is now probably the best (free) ecommerce software available. I say this after having researched and researched just over a year ago to decide which platform to switch too. My websites used to use osCommerce, and while I don’t want to go into a long talk about that platform, there were 3 main reasons to switch:
- The necessity for PCI compliance
- The need for multiple stores with one stock system
- The slowness of the release cycle of osCommerce
Magento turned out to be the best free option to give me all that my previous shopping cart had, plus meet these criteria.