Last time we found out the position of Magento in Hungary, and today we move to the Netherlands.
CactusPlaza came into existance around 12 years ago where student Allard wrote articles on cactus cultivation and shared his propagation experience during and after his study biology. After he started to get a lot of e-mails with a question like “Can you sell me some of those plants…” a small shop was born.
I spoke with CactusPlaza’s owner and managing director Allard Bax to learn more about making an eCommerce store from scratch.
What: CactusPlaza.com is an online shop in Cacti & Succulents and other Exotic plants. We ship plants, seeds, and accessories. We started our website around 12 years ago. There have been many changes over the years.
We are using Magento for 3 years and last year we started using aheadWorks extensions with much satisfaction.
Where: Roden, The Netherlands
Q: You have been running your store for 12 years. How many people work in your company?
Allard: 2 people and occasionally 1 or 2 more.
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your business, and how you became involved with Magento.
Allard: We started with Oscommerce. We were hitting a wall in terms of SEO and website functionality. Besides this we needed restyling. Magento is one of the leading open source shopping systems and we heard good things about it.
Search Autocomplete and Suggest in use. ‘We were not completely happy with the default Magento search tool. The Search Autocomplete and Suggest extension is a must have.’
Q: What was the hardest thing in launching a Magento store?
Allard: There is a learning curve if you want to do everything yourself. Tuning your extensions and your hosting so everything is running as best as possible – that was the hardest to accomplish.
Q: Why did you choose aheadWorks as a Magento extensions provider?
Allard: Having many different extensions with different companies is, in my opinion, inefficient in terms of time management, communication with programmers and costs.
Besides of this, the risk of having technical conflicts between extensions tends to be much bigger if you work with many different extensions from different companies.
We choose aheadWorks because they have the best and largest range of Magento extensions. Their programming is clean which keeps our website as fast as possible and their service is also swift and friendly.