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The Clash of Titans: Shopify vs. Magento

The TemplateMonster blog has received a number of questions about Shopify and Magento platforms. Guys wanted to know how these platforms differ, what they have in common, and which of these two would be the best solution for their stores. So, we decided to give you a comparison of these eCommerce platforms, thus let you know which of them is the best for your personal store.

It’s all about your skills, actually. If you feel at ease while coding, then you will have no difficulties with Magento. This platform requires much knowledge from its user. But if you need something that will not burden you, Shopify will be the best possible option.


Let’s have a look at the basic differences and similarities between these two platforms. See the table below:

SHOPIFY

MAGENTO

Proprietary

Free & open source

Easy setup, great support

Requires advanced skills

Wide customization options

Extremely customizable

Number of App available, to extend your store’s abilities

Great amount of community developers as well as extension companies

Best for small stores

Best for large online sellers

Pricing starts at $14/month

Free

Dedicated hosting is not required

Requires dedicated hosting server specializing in Magento

One storefront available

Multiple storefronts on one platform

Configure apps within admin panel

Integrate extensions into Magento Admin

Products are organized via tags

Hierarchical structure of products (categories and subcategories)

If you are still hesitant about which of these to choose, let’s continue our comparison.

Shopify stands for all-in-one solution. There is no need for you to buy some additional whatsis for your store. When you enroll for the trial within Shopify, you will get a fully functional store to try for 14 days. During this period you’ll be able to test all the features and decide for yourself if this platform is the one you need.

Now let’s look at pros and cons of these two platforms and let’s start from Magento.

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Magento

magento-logo
In the world of eCommerce Magento is the king. Brands like Nike, Northface run their sites on this platform. Magento Go, the hosted solution, is coupled with Shopify and BigCommerce. As for the visuals, you’ll be able to find free or premium templates. Free templates are not advised, as a rule they are quite limited in terms of design elements. As for the premium, you can check out the gallery to find out how Magento templates look like.

If you have already visited Magento site, than you’ve seen that this platform is available in a number of versions. The most profound - Enterprise - is created for developers. The price actually bites.

  • $12,990 for production server #1
  • $12,990 for production server #2 (added for redundancy and speed)
  • $0 for 1 staging server, $12,990 for any additional
  • $25,980 per developer

Pros:

  • Most advanced and comprehensive eCommerce platform.
  • Huge amount of templates.
  • Countless amount of features.
  • Third-party apps and plugins available (both free & premium).

Cons:

  • Extensive knowledge needed for anyone to use this platform.
  • Magento is not user friendly to a non-technical person.
  • Documentation is mostly online, support options are quite limited.

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Shopify

Shopify-bag-and-logotype

This is one of the easiest eCommerce platforms one can use. With Shopify you’ll be able to start your store in a few days after you’ve registered. Using this platform there will be no necessity to code. Just pick the template you like and “fill in the blanks” with your content.

Advantages:

  • User-friendly.
  • Just a few customizations needed to launch a store.
  • Affordable (starts from $14), great support on board.
  • Number of APPs available.
  • POS.

Drawbacks:

  • Limited customization option.
  • Limited template library.
  • Limited reporting option.

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Both platforms are great, but each of them is designed for a specific purpose. Before choosing either Magento or Shopify you need to think it over: how much products you will have, are you going to extend your store and make it larger. Actually these are the first question any online store owner should ask. All-in-all i hope this blog post will help you choose between these platforms.


Alex Bulat

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