Kevin Deldycke - Online Storehttps://kevin.deldycke.com/2011-03-21T11:33:37+01:00Why I Chose Ubercart Instead of Magento or osCommerce.2011-03-21T11:33:37+01:002011-03-21T11:33:37+01:00Kevin Deldycketag:kevin.deldycke.com,2011-03-21:/2011/03/chose-ubercart-magento-oscommerce/<p>About a year ago a friend asked me why I chose the <a href="https://www.ubercart.org">Ubercart</a>/<a href="https://drupal.org">Drupal</a> combo as the engine for <a href="https://coolcavemen.bandcamp.com">Cool Cavemen&rsquo;s online shop</a>. He specifically asked me why not choose <a href="https://www.magentocommerce.com">Magento</a> or <a href="https://www.oscommerce.com">osCommerce</a>. I never really took the time to answer him. Let&rsquo;s fix&nbsp;this.</p> <p>First, I selected …</p><p>About a year ago a friend asked me why I chose the <a href="https://www.ubercart.org">Ubercart</a>/<a href="https://drupal.org">Drupal</a> combo as the engine for <a href="https://coolcavemen.bandcamp.com">Cool Cavemen&rsquo;s online shop</a>. He specifically asked me why not choose <a href="https://www.magentocommerce.com">Magento</a> or <a href="https://www.oscommerce.com">osCommerce</a>. I never really took the time to answer him. Let&rsquo;s fix&nbsp;this.</p> <p>First, I selected a couple of web eCommerce solution based on the same <a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2006/08/e107-to-wordpress-migration-here-is-why/">requirements upon which I choose WordPress</a> some years ago.&nbsp;Namely:</p> <ul> <li>Open-source free&nbsp;software</li> <li>Active&nbsp;project</li> <li>Healthy&nbsp;community</li> </ul> <p>I excluded osCommerce right away. I quickly played with it in 2005 and in 2007 for projects that never came to fruition. And I keep a really bad memory of these experiences: both code and templates felt poorly designed and implemented. That&rsquo;s why osCommerce is classified in my brain as a giant legacy code base, hard to maintain. Maybe the project has evolved a lot since then. I should have looked back at it, but was attracted by another&nbsp;project&hellip;</p> <p>&hellip;which was Magento. So yes, I seriously considered to use Magento at some point. It looked great. And clean. But digging deeper I found that something was&nbsp;missing.</p> <p>My shop was supposed to sell tee-shirts for the band. And a tee-shirt is a product that can have lots of&nbsp;variations:</p> <ul> <li>different colors (white, black, yellow,&nbsp;&hellip;),</li> <li>of different sizes (S, M, L, X, <span class="caps">XL</span>,&nbsp;&hellip;),</li> <li>in different shapes (teeshirt, hoodie, sweatshirt,&nbsp;&hellip;),</li> <li>for different peoples (guy, girl, baby,&nbsp;&hellip;).</li> </ul> <p>I wanted to track stocks and prices for each combination. And this degree of complexity is not supported by Magento. To be fair, I remember to have heard of this feature, but was only available in a third party module (that I don&rsquo;t remember the name). Alas, this module was proprietary. That is the main reason I discarded&nbsp;Magento.</p> <p>And then I found Ubercart, which allowed me to do exactly what I wanted. Here is for example prices and stocks for a <a href="https://coolcavemen.bandcamp.com/merch/white-tee-shirt-black-logo">black Cool Cavemen tee-shirt</a>:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2011/ubercart-product-options.png"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2011/ubercart-product-stocks.png"></p> <p>I use Ubercart since 2008 and I&rsquo;m really happy with it. The future is interesting, as <a href="https://www.drupalcommerce.org/about/history">Ubercart was forked</a> as the <a href="https://www.drupalcommerce.org">Drupal Commerce</a> project <a href="https://www.bywombats.com/blog/01-14-2010/rose-any-other-name">a year ago</a>. I&rsquo;m waiting for the 1.0 release of the latter to decide if it is worth switching to the fork or not. But having it based on Drupal 7 is good news, as Ubertcart still stick to the (old) Drupal&nbsp;6.</p>2 X iFixit $5 Voucher2010-10-19T21:26:44+02:002010-10-19T21:26:44+02:00Kevin Deldycketag:kevin.deldycke.com,2010-10-19:/2010/10/two-ifixit-vouchers/<p>I&rsquo;ve just got 2 coupons from <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Parts-Store">iFixit</a>. They&rsquo;ll give you $5 off on your next purchase. As I plan to get rid off of all my Apple hardware very soon, I don&rsquo;t need them&nbsp;anymore.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2010/ifixit-voucher.jpg"></p> <p>If you want one, please leave a comment below and don&rsquo;t …</p><p>I&rsquo;ve just got 2 coupons from <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Parts-Store">iFixit</a>. They&rsquo;ll give you $5 off on your next purchase. As I plan to get rid off of all my Apple hardware very soon, I don&rsquo;t need them&nbsp;anymore.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2010/ifixit-voucher.jpg"></p> <p>If you want one, please leave a comment below and don&rsquo;t forget to fill the appropriate field with your email. I&rsquo;ll then be able to contact you and send you the coupon&rsquo;s&nbsp;code.</p>