Thanks for your suggestion Jeff.
I'm no expert (so just skip anything I have to say... )
I started a business a few years ago and decided on Zen-Cart because of the name recognition and seeing a lot of recommendations for it. One of my concerns (back before 2008) was that it didn't quite seem very modern. I don't like it's administrative interface. But it looked like there was active talk about them coming out with a brand new version that was going to be what sounded like a pretty good overhaul from the ground up.
The, at some point in 2008, somebody on the team posted a not telling people to stop asking when the next release was coming out. We were told to trust that they are working on it and when they have some kind of news to share, they'd let us know.
It's now about 2.5-3 years, I lost faith. 2-3 Three years with no news or progress worth reporting to the user base?
I almost decided to go with some kind of hosted solution and some of them seem pretty good. My store has 150 items in it, but I hope to get it to 500 in the next year or so.
Now I see that they've released an update into Beta that includes some new features, but it's not the 2.0 version that I'm really waiting on. Still they aren't suggesting any sort of timeframe, or announcing details about their progress.
I have some fairly tricky shipping requirements, otherwise, I might have considered MagentoGo (hosted) or 3dcart (hosted).
I'm looking at Magento now, I am going to download Magento Community Edition and I think I've found a solution that will handle my confusing shipping options.
Also, eBay recently announced X.Commerce and it was revealed that they have made a major investment into Magento.
Since I also sell on Amazon and eBay, and I'm needing to pull all of this together, I'm leaning towards Magento at this point.
Admittedly, I'm confused as hell. And like the OP, mentioned... ya, Wordpress is a clear standout in the world of Blogging/CMS systems. I use it and love it. I think it's top of the line. Now I want the eCommerce solution which is on that same level. Where is it?