Resource usage and performance vs Magento


We're currently using Magento and find that we're often struggling with performance issues and high resource usage – driving us to upgrade to high-end VPS or even dedicated hosting plans.

We do sell a lot of products (~5k), bit they're all small, rather inexpensive items so we don't make a substantial amount of income from our site, and upgrading to expensive hosting plans hurts us.

Is CS-Cart better in this area than Magento?


One of my sites was originally using Magento, which I converted to CS-Cart and kept the same design. I have the 'archive' site and the current site running on the same server, with the same graphics and custom CSS combined with the standard Magento CSS/template files and CS-Cart CSS/template files respectively.

There are no differences between the sites except the cart architecture.

The site comparison stats are as follows:


Page Load Speed: 4.85s

Page Size: 1.69mb

Number of Requests: 68


Page Load Speed: 3.18s

Page Size: 942kb

Number of Requests: 60

I believe those statistics speak for themselves.

Ditch Magento like your crazy ex-gf. Even if you have the right developers, it's a PITA to get working and upgrades are NOT fluid.

[color=#282828][font=arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif]Magento[/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif]price: Extemely Expensive[/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif]time spent: 2 years and still got nothing done[/font][/color]

difficulty[font=“arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif”][color=“#282828”] lever: Extremely [/color][/font][color=#282828][font=arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif]Extremely Extreme [/font][/color]


[color=#282828][font=arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif]Cscart: [/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif]price: cool[/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif]time spent: pro look to the website in a week[/font][/color]

[color=#282828][font=arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif]difficulty lever: a kid can do it.[/font][/color]

[font=“arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif”][color=“#282828”]one thing sucks that is that you don't get free customer service.[/color][/font]

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one thing sucks that is that you don't get free customer service.


Nothing in the World is 'free'. Magento don't offer free support, but they have got a huge community forum. The community here is growing. CS-Cart support is one of the cheapest options I have experienced with shopping cart software. For the price you pay for the software and the support combined with the functionality, CS-Cart is, for me, the best cart around.