Magento vs Shopify – which one is ahead of the pack

By: Deepu Balan    |    In: Web Design       

The long-running battle between the two e-commerce giants, one side Magento and the other side Shopify is rather a confusing one and especially to those who are joining the revolution in the world of e-commerce. The internet is crowded with plenty of e-commerce platforms, out of which Shopify and Magento have impressively established their superiority over others.

However, comparing both of them is a bit complicated task owing to the fact that both are the winners of their own category. Both of them have bespoke designs that give you immense power to create catchy slogans and attractive logos for your website. Also, both of the platforms also have their own pros and cons and selecting the right top dog of the market means undermining the quality of the other. But, for those who are newbies of this field or the designers who are planning to upgrade their designing skills, it’s crucial to know about the significant benefits both of the platforms has to offer because then only they decide about which e-commerce platform is perfect for you.

shopify vs magento comparison

So, without further ado, let’s check out the comparison overview  between both of the platforms.

1. Shopify vs Magento-Backend Design

Shopify is a user-friendly e-commerce platform, which gives easy-to-follow instructions to guide the user in the process of building the online store. Its set of easy to understand tools and coding background help you in creating amazing designs, SKU, payment gateways, and anything which could assist you in positively influencing the fortunes of your website.

On the other hand, Magento is rather a messy monster, developed by using a set of complicated coding structure,  calling to have a deep familiarity with the technical skills. So, for beginners it might be a difficult option to start with.

As far as the level of customization is concerned, Magento can go to a great length as compared to Shopify. The reason being Shopify is a service platform, thereby restricting the customization of extensions and plugins after a certain extent.

2. Shopify vs Magento- Cost Structure

While considering the factors like hosting, taking the SSL certificates, and deciding upon hiring the services of an IT guy who can keep your website run and optimized over a specific period of time. One can be pretty sure that Magento costs you more as compared to Shopify. Shopify wins the race with the amount of $179/mo, which isn’t that bad to receive an impressive amount of traffic. Of course, you’ll go on adding $20/mo more to get the module of your choice and additional $40 to add all the fancy features, you have yen for. After adding all the amount, it will still seem to be relatively affordable as compared to Magento.

3. Shopify vs Magento- Features

For developers and web designers, who love to play around catchy features, design development and analytical tools, they are definitely going to love Magento as compared to Shopify. Magento is backed by a rich collection of tools to offer additional benefits to its customers- both in front and backend. Shopify, on the other hand, also has developed a design that provide special features to customers but that is somewhere limited as compared to Magento.

4. Shopify vs Magento- Design Aesthetics

The potential of Shopify is identified well on areas where it starts providing designing ease and convenience to the e-commerce providers. Even those with extremely basic knowledge of designing and technical skills, can create a store that’s contemporary, easy to use, and functional. Small scale businesses and web designers love Shopify, allowing them to create a dynamic platform in no time. Magento might have a myriad of themes in its store, but they are not as high in quality, and it’s also restricted to alter only the CSS of the website. On the other hand, with Shopify you can not only change the CSS but also HTML and scripts as well.

Conclusion

Well, with just little tweaks and twists, we can say that both of the platforms are equally capable and proficient enough for building a robust e-commerce store. Ultimately it boils down to your designing instincts that will dictate which way to go.

This guest article was written by Danial Wright, who is an enthusiastic blogger cum magento developer. Currently he is working for Magentax Ltd, a Magento Development Outsourcing company. He loves to write blogs and tutorials for Magento beginners and professionals.
Written by Deepu Balan

Deepu Balan is a self-taught web UI designer and developer who is really passionate about web design related stuffs. You can follow his updates on twitter @bdeepu