Is Nop commerce a viable alterative to Magento

1 week ago
Hello .  I am a .net developer ( actually switched to nodejs recently for some projects )  - and I like the idea of a compiled application as an e-commerce store.

I have a Magento 1.9 Multi site ( 4 countries ) that might have a maximum of 100 concurrent users. To be honest - Magento has been a horrible experience and I have had to try different developers from other parts of the world to cost effectivly maintin the site. Even yesterday some random issue screwed up all my product pages and redirected them to search ( with no changes to any code for months ) .  We used certified Magento developers - but it really has caused me a lot of pain.

I had a "play" with version Nopcommerce 4.2 and it seemed ok.  I had a few issues running things to start with but on the whole works well.

The general "feel" for me about nopcomerce is that maybe it is not really suitable for a growing business , maybe ok for small going to medium size business.  Is that correct?

- I can't find any statistics on the site where load testing has been done

- Some of the plugins - well I was astonished how unprofessionally a paid extension would be released ( example:  Shipping.Director - no manual after more than 5 years and they actually say this and say you should go to their blogs and look through them )

- Are there any plans to "vet" extension providers to make sure they write good code?

- Are there any recommendations for what spec hosting you would need for x numbers of concurrent users?

All I found were people complaining of the performance.

Is Nop commerce really a contender for Magento?

Thanks for your thoughts on all this.
1 week ago
Check these links:
https://www.nopcommerce.com/nopcommerce-vs-magento
https://www.g2.com/compare/nopcommerce-vs-magento-open-source
1 week ago
I can't see any load testing anywhere.   number of concurrent users , resources used.  I have only seen problems in the nopcommerce forums .  Even though Magento is resource hungry - it shines under load with the right server configuration.  I can't see any information anywhere about how Nopcommerce performs under load.
1 week ago
NopCommerce will perform very well as long as it is not run on a shared hosting. Because nothing performs well on a shared hosting :-).

But your best bet will be to load test it if you are unsure.

Some very big stores use the system, you can find some of them here:

https://www.nop-templates.com/live-stores-using-our-nopcommerce-themes

https://www.nopcommerce.com/showcase

We have recently developed:

https://www.homebargains.co.uk/

which is run by T.J. Morris and they make a couple of billions per year.

As long as you have dedicated resources you will be more than fine.
1 week ago
martytheman wrote:
...  Shipping.Director - no manual after more than 5 years and they actually say this and say you should go to their blogs and look through them...


Well, it's actually been 6+ years ;)    Yes, we still feel that there would be no great benefit for a formal manual.   We ourselves Google 'site:noptools.com keywords', because it's much faster to find the related help.  We have hundreds of clients using Shipping Director, and only a handful have ever requested a manual. (Typically, developers like yourself, and not store owners ;)   Many clients say "how can I do this ...", and we send them a configuration file that they can import.

The blogs serve as the documentation; there are many configurations shown there for common and not-so-common shipping scenarios.  Watch the YouTube getting started Video.  Then, start with the Getting Started blogs (read them from bottom up) and then look at the Popular Blog Tags on the left to see if any of your scenarios match.  Also, see these

https://www.noptools.com/blog/tag/Variables

https://www.noptools.com/blog/tag/Expressions

https://www.noptools.com/blog/60/expressions-can-use-extension-methods


If you have a specific need, feel free to send us examples (cart contents, and desired options/rates), and we'll be happy to help :)
1 week ago
New York wrote:
...  Shipping.Director - no manual after more than 5 years and they actually say this and say you should go to their blogs and look through them...

Well, it's actually been 6+ years ;)    Yes, we still feel that there would be no great benefit for a formal manual.   We ourselves Google 'site:noptools.com keywords', because it's much faster to find the related help.  We have hundreds of clients using Shipping Director, and only a handful have ever requested a manual. (Typically, developers like yourself, and not store owners ;)   Many clients say "how can I do this ...", and we send them a configuration file that they can import.

The blogs serve as the documentation; there are many configurations shown there for common and not-so-common shipping scenarios.  Watch the YouTube getting started Video.  Then, start with the Getting Started blogs (read them from bottom up) and then look at the Popular Blog Tags on the left to see if any of your scenarios match.  Also, see these

https://www.noptools.com/blog/tag/Variables

https://www.noptools.com/blog/tag/Expressions

https://www.noptools.com/blog/60/expressions-can-use-extension-methods


If you have a specific need, feel free to send us examples (cart contents, and desired options/rates), and we'll be happy to help :)


And you don't think that you could at least just copy your own answer above, and just paste it on plugin page? The video and those link would probably be better that nothing I believe.
Just sayin'

I also think it's kinda bad experience just browsing after a good plugin, very few of them have some documentation. And when it comes to themes and plugins, they are often much more expensive than same thing for their php counterparts, probably because there are not so many .net-based alternatives.

I wouldn't really try to compare nopCommerce to Magento, especially if you want to customize your shop, create landing pages etc. Magento has a rather good cms module nowadays if I'm not mistaken, what we have in nop is a HTML-textbox.
Anyway, if you can run your shop with standard features and don't care about content marketing and such things, nopCommerce is very good and stable choice.
When it comes to performance you should really consider at least VPS-based hosting with lot of memory available, if you have a decent amount of traffic.