Shopify vs Magento

October 16, 2018

In this world of modern services or businesses, we have a lot of technologies around us and two of the most popular are Shopify and Magento. Shopify vs Magento has been a hot debate topic for store owners as well as store managers while they plan to set up a new e-commerce store. Let’s dive deeper into what both are and how to pick the suitable one for the needs of a particular business.

Magento is an E-commerce platform written in PHP. It was developed by Varien, a US private Company in California. And the initial release of the software published on March 31, 2008.

Moving to SHOPIFY, it is an E-commerce platform for online stores and retails point of sales system.

Investment

As far as the investment is concerned Shopify is the commercial product, which means you need to pay some particular amount for it. It offers a 14-day free trial with which one can be able to check his/her interest Shopify while on the other hand, the Magento community is free open-source software.

Hosting

Magento allows you to have your own hosting, install, setup and it will configure everything before you can actually start creating your store. On the other hand, talking about Shopify, it is a hosted solution where store will always be hosted by them.

Basic functionality

Pointing towards basic store functionalities both Shopify and Magento provide the best features to use and maintain on an ongoing basis. But in terms of setup of functionalities, Shopify can be more easily set up as compared to Magento.

Templates

Coming to the quality and cost of themes or templates both Shopify and Magento provides a vast collection of themes that make your online store looks good. Both offer paid/premium themes, but on comparing Shopify remains at a verge of a disadvantage with premium themes starting at $80 and Magento themes with an unbelievable price of just $1.

Customization

Both platforms offer the best customizing ability, with an advanced interface it allows you to edit the raw HTML/CSS code directly so that we can be able to have proper control over the design of the online store or the website.

Bandwidth

As far as the bandwidth is concerned Shopify provides free of cost bandwidth but on the other hand in the case of Magento, it will depend on the hosting provider.

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