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Magento is the kind of shopping cart software that could actually boast of its programming structure. It’s very user-friendly and gives users a lot of options. Project code upgrading is constantly done, and since it’s user friendly, users do not have to worry about installing updates because it does not take a lot of time and could be done easily. Why? It’s simple, because installation of these updates does not require you to go through a lot of codes unlike other open-source software. Compared to other open-source software, it’s very easy to customize thus giving users a wider range of customization possibilities. The module interface allows me to make the modules I need to create without making it difficult for the shoppers to go through each module.

Users are also given more control over their stores. It is impressive to note that Magento allows users to control multitudes of stores and websites using only one administration panel. Aside from these, upgrading the stores and websites through that common panel does not create any problems.

This shopping cart software also has systems for meta tags and SEO url’s and it allows users to show product comparisons. Aside from being able to easily find the product they intend to buy or see, customers can always edit their order information even if they are already in the checkout process without having to open another window.They can also edit their orders, report shopping carts that were abandoned, do shipping to multiple addresses by just using one shipping order and estimate how much shipping would cost even if they do not log in to their accounts. Added to all these perks, and of which the shoppers have become fond of, are the wish list where they could put all the products they wish to get and their reviews and rating of every product that they have bought.

Since Magento can provide all of these features, it would also require users to get a high powered hosting and some not so common extensions of the PHP. Examples of these extensions are the DOM, mhash, mcrypt, PDO/MySQL and simplexm1, all of which are used in the 5.2.0 PHP. The usual 8MB PHP configuration is not compatible with Magento. Owing also to the bulk of features, some of which are still yet to be further developed, Magento runs slower compared to other shopping cart software.

As a whole, Magento is the shopping cart software that makes life easier for both the web admin and the customers.