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Magento or Shopify: Which is the Best for Your E-commerce Store

4 Nov2015

Magento or Shopify: Which is the Best for Your E-commerce Store

by Admin in E-commerce

The very foundation for your e-commerce store is an e-commerce platform and, whichever platform you choose, it should be one that is well-suited to your business needs and is robust enough to continue meeting these needs way down the road.

Two very popular shopping platforms, which are common topics of discussion amongst IT savvy individuals, are Magento and Shopify. Knowing which is the best for your e-commerce store can only be determined by weighing both the pros and cons of each.

Here is a list of the features offered by both e-commerce platforms to help you choose which is the best suited to your business needs:

MAGENTO

• Open source e-commerce software with zero cost attached
• Unlimited inventory available
• Greater potential for server issues and page loading delays due to the ability to add unlimited inventory
• Self hosted and self managed software solution
• Offers solid shipping calculations
• Permits discount code creation and coupons along with calculation functionalities
• Limited payment gateway options (additional payment gateway channels can be attained through third-party add-ons)
• Numerous free themes and templates with options to attain premium themes for as low as $1 each
• Responsive themes are available
• Offers a ton of free add-ons and apps (over 5000) with options to purchase paid add-ons/apps
• Powerful SEO capabilities
• Customizable through advanced interface enabling ability to modify the overall look and feel of your virtual store
• Blogging capability with the addition of a free blogging plug-in

SHOPIFY

• Offers four different plans, ranging in cost from $14-$179 monthly
• Maximum 25 items for inventory (based on $14 plan), so more expensive plans often necessary
• Less potential for server issues and page loading, as it is a self hosted and self managed software solution
• Offers solid shipping calculations
• Does not permit discount code creation and coupons along with calculation functionalities with its basic $14/month plan
• 70 payment gateway options
• Some free themes and templates and these themes are more contemporary than those offered by Magento
• Paid themes are available, however are costly, starting at $80
• Responsive themes are available
• Offers free and paid add-ons and apps
• Powerful SEO capabilities
• Customizable through advanced interface, enabling ability to modify the overall look and feel of your virtual store
• Integrated Blogging capability