Shopify or Magento

Discussion in 'E-Commerce' started by Stephanie Harmon, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Stephanie Harmon

    Stephanie Harmon

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Planning to put up my online store. Which one is better? Pros and cons, please. Thanks.
  2. ek Wholesale

    ek Wholesale

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2017
    Messages:
    51
    Absolutely Shopify if this is your first online store.

    Magento is made for very endgame companies. Debenhams or Trespass to give a couple of examples of what i mean. These companies mean business and require the software in order to do what's necessary to keep their business flowing through a very streamlined pipeline involving all the bells and whistles associated with it. It is not for the average John Doe and not only is incredibly overwhelming to someone new it is also not a pretty sight to try and maintain if you have no idea what you're doing. Very costly if you have to hire someone to do it for you.

    Shopify is made as easy as possible in order to give their customer base, people like yourself, a chance to try an online shop without too much hassle. They have a good support and knowledge-base for pretty much any question that may pop up in your head and it's popularity means that if you can't find anything from their official site i'm sure someone else has asked it at some point.

    There's a lot of heavy indepth reasons that i could go into but it would make this post incredibly wordy. That being said if you have any other questions about either of these platforms i'll be happy to answer for you.
    Roy OMAHONY likes this.
  3. psxgamer

    psxgamer

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,466
    Neither

    Magento is complete overkill unless you're one of the big boys
    Shopify: easy and simple to use but very limited posibilities out of the box. Can become expensive if you need extentions for increasing the functionality of your store

    Do some research about the open source shopping carts: OpenCart (my personal favorite), Prestashop, Woocommerce. A bit more complicated to set up but complete freedom.
  4. Ecommerce UK

    Ecommerce UK

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2014
    Messages:
    9
    Depends how much control of your BI and SEO you want. When you choose a Saas platform your data is on their platform and if they close or you move you may not be able to transfer all your BI out. MagentoGo closed and store owners had to move. I have seen Saas platforms make small changes that kill store owners SEO.

    Agree on magento, over kill for most stores unless you want to link in SAP et al.

    OpenCart, Prestashop, Woocommerce. A bit more complicated to set up but complete freedom and control over your own data and site.
    JimD likes this.
  5. Tinkuy

    Tinkuy

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2017
    Messages:
    9
    I agree with the previous posters. Don't use SaaS because that will drain your wallet slightly every month. You can set up a small VPS with 5 or 10 USD a month and place an online store there, plus e-mail marketing, analytics... everything... just for yourself.

    I add Abantecart to the alternatives listed and I advice against WooCommerce. As it is based on Wordpress, it is as vulnerable as Wordpress is... which means "much".
  6. martinhw

    martinhw

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2018
    Messages:
    4
    I used both before going to PrestaShop.

    Downside with PrestaShop is that the most useful addons all cost money. Not massive amounts but by the time you have a store you really like it's hit you in the pocket.

    Upside, if you're starting out all the things you need will be free. Same with most open source ecommerce solutions.
  7. Ms Monthana

    Ms Monthana

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2018
    Messages:
    9
  8. Dina International UK

    Dina International UK

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2018
    Messages:
    1
    Magento is great for larger ecommerce stores and has a lot of functionality already included but the extensions mean you can do pretty much anything you want with it. Magento can be quite overwhelming to use initially but once you get used to it, it's quite easy. The main issue with Magento is that it can be quite buggy and has a lot of security issues so there are lots of updates to apply which can become quite expensive if you're paying a developer to install them all. Shopify is a little more basic and easy to manage but it can be a little more restrictive than Magento.

    There are a lot of other great platforms as mentioned above, I like Woocommerce (part of Wordpress) and BigCommerce as they have quite a lot of functionality but they are also quite easy to use. It really depends on what you're looking for though and what your plans are to grow the site in the future.
    Jed likes this.
  9. Jed

    Jed

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    Messages:
    8,369
  10. prashantcoupons

    prashantcoupons

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2018
    Messages:
    18
    I think magento theme is best for online stores . even word-press are now days handling online store very well .
  11. Khaos Control

    Khaos Control

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2018
    Messages:
    9
    Hi Stephanie,

    Here's a blog you may find useful: https://ecommerce-platforms.com/com...mmunity-edition-ecommerce-platform-comparison

    If you are just starting out i would lean more towards Shopify, it is simple to use and has great options for scalability for when you are ready to make that next step!

    Thanks

    Matt @ Khaos Control Cloud
  12. Stylesupplier

    Stylesupplier

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2018
    Messages:
    26
    Shopify is more and more popular now.
  13. faze3

    faze3

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Messages:
    11
    Neither! I would go for Opencart or even Zen Cart before those two.
Back to top

Share This Page