E-commerce merchants know that there are two widely used and acclaimed e-commerce creation and management platforms today— Magento and Shopify. But which is the better platform? This article looks closer at the Magento vs. Shopify debate.
Advantages of Magento
Magento remains the top choice for many online merchants. It is clear that Magento has no match as far as robustness and features are concerned. Magento is used in more websites aside from having a higher overall search interest on Google. There are also more than 5,000 add-ons on Magento which users can utilize to improve their websites.
It also appears that Magento is setting its sight on bigger things. Its recent accomplishments like getting a quarter of a billion-dollar investment for its Asian market expansion prove that Magento is a force to be reckoned with in the e-commerce arena.
However, these positive developments come with a price. Indeed, with the introduction of Magento 2, operating and managing a cheap website on the platform will now be more difficult to achieve.
It would still take time for Magento 2 to become stable and reliable, which Magento has practically confirmed by extending support to Magento 1 up to June 2020. On top of that, the quality of work of thousands of Magento developers can jeopardize the reputation of the open-source platform to many merchants.
Advantages of Shopify
Shopify is most serious threat or competition to Magento. It has numerous advantages like being user-friendly, affordable setup and scalability without breaking the bank.
Shopify particularly appeals to merchants who have no background in programming because they can easily set up their websites after signing up. There are also easy-to-use website building tools available for their use.
While Shopify charges its users a minimum of $29 a month, the popular notion is that the pricing is reasonable given that it frees them from having to hire a programmer or website developer to manage their websites.
Magento vs. Shopify: Which is Better?
With both e-commerce platforms having their own strength and weaknesses, it is difficult to tell which one is better. Magento may be more popular and robust but it can be complex for many e-commerce merchants. Shopify is user-friendly but it doesn’t have as many add-ons as Magento.
Online merchants may have to consider their goals, budget and capabilities in deciding what’s better for them.