Whether you are looking to revamp your current internet marketplace, in search of B2B e-commerce opportunities, or operating out of the trunk of your car, Magento and Shopify are there to help.
Putting the success of your growing business in the hands of a stranger can be daunting, especially when your company requires a trustworthy e-commerce platform to take it in a new direction.
Although neither e-commerce platform is single-faceted and both leverage an extensive user toolbox, it's important to understand which environments their tools thrive in and in which environments they may fail, so that the new direction you take is the right one.
MAGENTO: THE B2B SUPERPOWER
Boasting the title, World's #1 Commerce Platform, Magento filtrates grossly $100 billion in merchant sales every year, houses 150,000 developers, and incubates 250,000+ merchants. Launched in March 2008, Magento is a feature-rich open source e-commerce software solution that offers merchants the flexibility of having total control over content planning of their online store. Magento prides itself in its flexibility, its capacity to stay ahead of the game by anticipating the ever-changing needs of big business, and designing unique solutions to outfit merchants across the spectrum.
SHOPIFY: FOR THE EVERYDAY USER
Shopify is all about mobility—on the go, online, via social media, at the counter of a mom and pop storefront, it doesn't matter because Shopify operates with the same efficiency regardless your location. Shopify is a chameleon of sorts, able to shred its skin for the newest operating systems and buying patterns. In 2006, Shopify operated out of a coffee shop with a team of 5. As of this year, they operate with a team of 2,000 employees in 5 North American-based offices. This user-friendly platform powers 500,000 businesses, handles 1,000,000+ active users, and has handled over $40B+ in sales.
Ask yourself some questions…
WHO ARE YOU?
Are you a massive retail corporation? Are you mid-sized? Are you a start-up?
When searching for an e-commerce platform it's best to consider what kind of users the providers are currently servicing. Shopify and Magento both have big names under their belt. Magento services brands we all recognize, Olympus, Vizio, Nike, Christian Louboutin, Ford, and while Shopify campaigns to the everyday user. Though Shopify targets the everyday user more so than Magento, they have nothing to be modest about. They have a track record of providing merchant solutions for brands like Budweiser, Penguin Books, Tesla, and Redbull.
The difference: ease of use.
Unless you want to hire a Magento developer to take care of everything, you'd have to instrument Magento's templates by yourself, and testimonials report that the self-implementation process takes time and can be tricky.
That said, there's a reason Magenta powers 28% of internet marketplaces, and rules over 16% of the top one million websites. Shopify cannot compete with these numbers, powering only 4% of internet marketplaces.
So, if you're a bullish enterprise perhaps steer your attention toward Magento, who clearly demonstrates their capacity to facilitate large-scale interface migration to meet the demands of big name customers.
Shopify offers similar templates, but they're more user-friendly and customer support is readily available for assistance. In fact, there is no user-installation required; everything from security and speed to hosting and SEO optimization is taken care of by Shopify developers. The process is totally hands-off, and it won't cost you a fortune.
HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY?
Familiarize yourself with the pricing option
Community Edition: FREE
Enterprise Edition: license fees start at $18,000/yr., scaled to a revenue mode
(higher the revenue, higher the costs)
Basic Shopify: $29/month
Advanced Shopify: $299/month
WHAT ARE YOUR MUST-HAVES?
THE BOTTOM LINE
What's most important to you?
In terms of aesthetics, Magento and Shopify both provide users with sleek, attractive templates. It's on the nitty gritty details where they begin to diverge. You've got to decide where your priorities lie and what kind of interface your business requires:
IS COST WHAT MATTERS? Although Magento's Community Edition is free, you'll be working alone to implement the tools they provide. Basic Shopify is affordable, and because they offer 24/7 technical support you can avoid getting your hands dirty.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR EASE OF USE? Go Shopify. Shopify is the best option if you're seeking an e-commerce platform for a mid-sized or small business, or if you're a big business and you really don't feel like dishing out the $18,000/year for Magento Enterprise Edition. Even Shopify's most expensive option, at $299/month, only sets you back about $3,600/year.
If you represent a giant corporation and you're not concerned with saving few thousand dollars, choose Magento. Magento's Enterprise Edition has a fairly seamless track record, and if you can afford it, they are the best e-commerce platform available to-date.
HOW TO CUSTOMIZE
The migration can be overwhelming, and businesses of all sizes are well-served seeking retail software development services to totally customize their e-commerce store front. These custom solutions operate cohesively with popular platforms such as Shopify and Magento. Here are some customizations your marketplace shouldn't go without:
Customization will improve customer experience significantly, ultimately increasing site-traffic. Whether you decide to go with Magento or Shopify, end-to-end integration providers will allow your business to evolve alongside the ever-changing consumer market, so neither you nor your online storefront gets left behind.
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