What Is Vanilo?

Vanilo is an E-commerce Framework for Laravel. It's like Magento or Sylius.

Is It Ready For Production?

It depends. The current feature set is not yet enough to run a "usual" Webshop in 2018. But what Vanilo already provides is stable, tested and extensible.

Starting from v0.2 there has been a well defined upgrade path up to v1.0.

Thus it is possible to build a Webshop on Vanilo 0.4 - even if it doesn't have a stable version number yet.

Refer to Release Notes for more details.

Why Another E-commerce Package?

Shortly, because back in 2017 there was no decent one especially for Laravel. There's a slightly longer article on medium about why it came to life.

Alternatives

Name Based on Version (Nov 2018)
GetCandy Laravel 5 Unreleased
Aimeos Laravel 5 2018.10.2
Sylius Symfony 3.4 or 4.1 1.3.3
ORO Commerce Symfony 3.4 (<3.4.15) 1.6
Magento Zend 2.7 2.2

For even more alternatives read the E-commerce Status Quo 2016.