I've been searching since yesterday and can find no information on this question.

I'm planning an ecommerce store. At first I just want to keep it as simple as possible. I have 3 partners who are able-minded and can learn simple tasks as we go. So, the question is:

How far can I get with Magento using tutorials and trusted extensions?

Furthermore any recommended resources in tutorials or extensions would be highly appreciated.

Magento seems ideal for its security features and future-proofness. Also extensions are not as costly as other platforms. Once we grow enough to afford to hire coders, the sky is the limit!


If you want to do Magento 2, it will be extremely difficult for non-developer to even set up a shop without background knowledge of all of the technologies (ElasticSearch, MySQL, PHP, Redis, Varnish, NGINX, Docker).

Time on the market

I would recommend to use Shopify as you can start a full functioning store in about an hour.

Shopify is stable, has a ton of plugins and is secure without a developer.

The more time you are on the market the better your chances are that you can succeed.

Also, it will allow you to concentrate on selling instead of building up a shop.

I have seen shop owners spend upwards of $200,000 without a single product sold - you want to prove your product can be sold as soon as possible to see if you business is viable.

Magento 2

Magento 2 is not made for small shops - its made for medium to large businesses (15-1000s employees).

Hosting services for Magento 2 are also very expensive. You will need at least a 4 core / 8 thread CPU with 16GB of RAM to even run a basic store.

If you absolutely want to go with Magento, use OpenMage (an open source fork of Magento 1). It has low requirements (1GB RAM) and a ton of tutorials.

PS: I have been doing Magento development for 6 years and done general E-commerce for 11 years.

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