Magento Vs WooCommerce Vs Shopify

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.

S. No

Magento

WooCommerce

Shopify

1

Open Source

Open Source

Licensed

2

Technology: Zend

Technology: PHP

Technology: RoR

3

Multiple Store: Yes

Multiple Store: Possible

Multiple Store: No

4

Hosting: Custom Hosting

Hosting: Custom Hosting

Hosting: Cloud based

5

Code Ownership: Yes

Code Ownership: Yes

Code Ownership: No

6

Speed Performance: Excellent

Speed Performance: Good for small stores

Performance: Excellent for small stores

7

Admin Learning Curve: Complex

Admin Learning Curve: Moderate

Admin Learning Curve: Moderate

8

Scale-ability: Very High

Scale-ability: Very Good

Scale-ability: Poor

9

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

10

Development Time: Approx 3 weeks and more

Development Time: Approx 2 weeks and more

Development Time: Approx 1 week to 3 weeks

11

Community / Support: Very
Strong

Community / Support: Very Strong

Community / Support: Good

12

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.

13

Core Specialty: eCommerce

Core Specialty: Woocommerce is an ecommerce feature rich WordPress Plugin

Core Specialty: eCommerce

14

SEO: Very Good and extensions
are available

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

SEO: Good

15

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.

Conclusion:

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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