Buyers’ inclination towards online shopping has inspired many startups recently to start their own online store. Many started their online presence with popular platforms like eBay, Amazon or Flipkart. But those who found policies of these platforms stringent and discovered a fear of loosing whole business, if the platform auditors revoke their access to platform, decided to develop their own online stores.

Most popular options for such startups are Magento, WordPress with WooCommerce or Shopify. It becomes very difficult for them to decide as to which of these three platforms is most suitable for them.

We encounter many such queries weekly when our prospects ask us the difference between these options. It certainly depends on customer’s business product range, his vision towards online business, his budget, clientele and IT acumen. Below is a swift and easy to understand comparison between these platforms.

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Open Source

Open Source



Technology: Zend

Technology: PHP

Technology: RoR


Multiple Store: Yes

Multiple Store: Possible

Multiple Store: No


Hosting: Custom Hosting

Hosting: Custom Hosting

Hosting: Cloud based


Code Ownership: Yes

Code Ownership: Yes

Code Ownership: No


Speed Performance: Excellent

Speed Performance: Good for small stores

Performance: Excellent for small stores


Admin Learning Curve: Complex

Admin Learning Curve: Moderate

Admin Learning Curve: Moderate


Scale-ability: Very High

Scale-ability: Very Good

Scale-ability: Poor


Business Size: Good for larger eStores

Business Size: Good for MVPs and Small to medium sized eStores

Business Size: Good for MVPs and Small to medium sized eStores


Development Time: Approx 3 weeks and more

Development Time: Approx 2 weeks and more

Development Time: Approx 1 week to 3 weeks


Community / Support: Very

Community / Support: Very Strong

Community / Support: Good


Extensions Marketplace: Quite huge. One can get paid and free extensions

Plugins Marketplace: Quite huge. One can get paid and free extensions. Most plugins are indeed free.

Plugins Marketplace: Very limited. All plugins are paid. You pay for everything.


Core Specialty: eCommerce

Core Specialty: Woocommerce is an ecommerce feature rich WordPress Plugin

Core Specialty: eCommerce


SEO: Very Good and extensions
are available

SEO: Excellent and best of the lot. Plugins are available

SEO: Good


Development cost: Developers with Magento experience are costly.

Development cost: Developers with WordPress experience are moderately priced.

Development cost: Developers with Shopify experience are moderately priced.


Magento is one of the best solutions for those eStores who sell thousands of products and need a feature rich platform while WordPress is good for mini eShops with good features and excellent SEO. Shopify ensures quick turnaround and easy and very small eShop. We at Yugasa Software Labs work on all three platforms to build elegant and stable eShops.

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3 Responses to Magento Vs WooCommerce Vs Shopify

  1. Mridul says:

    What is this? do you even know about all three platform? from which data you are talking about? have you done any benchmark testing? how do you know shopify workes on ROR, yeah you can add some ROR script to enhance the functionality but how do you sure about shopify work on ROR? is zend not on php??

  2. Joy says:

    Hey Mridul
    Thanks for sparing time to read the article. We shall look more into your comments and will do necessary correction, if that shall be required. Thanks for heads-up. We also invite guest posts on our website and offer Yugasa TShirt every quarter to our best authors as a token of love from our side. It will be great to have you as our guest author, if you are in India and build a relationship. 🙂 . Please watch video at from Simon, Product Engineer Lead, at a conference in Copenhagen in 2017. Look at the screen showing at video length 5 mins 19 seconds. You will see that RoR is the technology stack used in Shopiy since 2006, when they were launched.

    I presume that you are not confused with TimberJS framework which is used for their frontend work.

    @Martin: Thanks for devoting your time on our website. We are just an email away. Please feel free to leave a message for us on our website and we will get back to you with further inputs regarding your requirements.


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