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Commerce Kickstart intended usage?

Hi guys,

quick question that I haven't been able to find in the docs:

Is Commerce Kickstart intended as an "evaluation version" or should one use it also to start a production site? Is there a difference in terms of getting updates, of being able to select which modules I need, etc.? Or is it just a means to get to a reasonable starting point fast, and then it is the same as if I would have downloaded all by hand?

Thanks for comments,


Asked by: rs211
on June 18, 2014

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Yes, Matt, Kickstart 2 can be used as a foundation for a site. It's often overlooked, but the main purpose is to have a working demo of a store for showing a client, being able to quickly demo or mock up a functional store, and finally, as a reference site so that you can build out something that works like Kickstart 2 without the bulk of Kickstart 2 bloat.

I say "Kickstart 2" because "Kickstart 1.x" is actually a fully maintained, streamlined, bare-minimum install profile for using Drupal Commerce. Whereas Kickstart 2 includes hundreds of modules, demo content, and an installer script modifier that installs all sorts of features.

In short, the recommendation: Unless you are building the exact kind of store that Kickstart 2 is demo'ing (shippable physical products that have a faceted catalog and super fancy product page), you're better off starting from scratch using the Kickstart 1 as a basis.


Josh Miller
Answer by: Josh Miller
Posted: Aug 26, 2014
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I'd love to see a more informed answer, but my understanding is that Kickstart is a functional store that can be customized for local use. At least, that's how I'm treating it for a current project.

Answer by: Matt Bernhardt
Posted: Jun 19, 2014