Looking for the best eCommerce platform to start your eCommerce business?
Here’s the comparison among the best eCommerce platforms, which are being used by the topmost brands throughout the world.
These three (Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento) are industry leaders. The most common reason for their success is “they make it easy to launch an eCommerce store”. Although, their structures are different from each other, but all of them are customizable and scalable. Among them, WooCommerce is not a platform but a WordPress plugin.
These three platforms are leading and the best eCommerce platforms. Let us quickly figure out which one is best for your business.
Top 3 eCommerce Platforms:
Shopify: Shopify is one of the leading eCommerce Platforms having a tremendous user base. Shopify is the best for B2C (Business to Consumer) eCommerce and is rapidly growing throughout the world. Its cost-effectiveness and ease of use makes it the best eCommerce platform for B2C eCommerce.
Magento: Magento is one of the most powerful eCommerce platforms and is best for B2B (Business to Business) eCommerce. They have recently introduced their new platform named “Magento 2”. Now, they have both cloud and open source versions. Magento is complex as you need to hire a developer to develop your eCommerce store.
WooCommerce: Apart from others, WooCommerce is not a platform but a WordPress Plugin. WooCommerce is the most convenient eCommerce platform as it can easily be installed to the normal website of WordPress. WooCommerce is the best alternative to expensive eCommerce website development platforms.
Each Platform has multiple advantages. Firstly, WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that has all the benefits of WordPress, as It is best known for leading CMS in the world. Magento has more functionality and a flexible eCommerce platform among these platforms. But, being a SaaS platform Shopify is ahead of these platforms due to ease of use and has no maintenance cost.
Magneto is a complex eCommerce platform that needs a massive budget for eCommerce store development. It includes huge development costs to build a multi-feature eCommerce platform. Also, building an eCommerce store using Shopify, requires payment towards monthly subscriptions. Shopify eCommerce store development includes a huge cost to build a high-end eCommerce store. On the other side, WooCommerce is limited to scalability by being a plugin of WordPress. Woocommerce is the cheapest among these platforms but it cannot afford to manage a large number of products and sales.
Being a WordPress plugin, WooCommerce and its extensions are free to some extent. On the other side, Shopify has three packages named “Basic Shopify” for $29/month, “Shopify Plus”- is for $79/month, and “Advanced Shopify” is for $299/month. Each package includes SSL, unlimited product listing, and more features.
Magento provides three versions:
- Magento Community Edition (CE): being an open-source platform, it is free and over 4500+ extensions are available.
- Magento Enterprise Edition (EE): its Cost starts to form $22000 per year and it goes up as per increase in revenue. It has 1000+ extensions; they offer 24X7 technical service and more.
- Magento Commerce Cloud: it includes cloud hosting and package starts from $2000 per year.
Note: Developer cost is not mentioned.
Which platform is suitable for your business?
Shopify: Shopify is suitable for entrepreneurs and small businesses. If you have no technical or coding knowledge, then it is advisable to start with Shopify. Shopify’s basic subscription provides you enough themes and customizations at the least cost. If you need such an eCommerce platform then Shopify is suitable for you.
Magento: If you are a medium to a big business or you are looking to expand your business on a large scale, then Magento is the best option available. But, an expert developer is required to build an eCommerce store using Magento. If you have enough funds for your project then, you must go with Magento. If you are working on a big project it’s better to start with Magento. Otherwise, you will need to migrate it on Magento later. (affects SEO in some cases)
WooCommerce: If you already have a WordPress hosted website and domain, then WooCommerce is best for you. You can start your eCommerce store by installing the WooCommerce plugin to your WordPress website. WooCommerce is not as easy as Shopify, basic coding knowledge is required to develop an eCommerce store using WooCommerce. If you are comfortable with coding, you can easily manage your WooCommerce store. It is much cheaper than Shopify.
We have considered all the required content in detail for a comparison of Shopify Vs Magento VS WooCommerce. It is now easier for you to choose the best suitable eCommerce platform for your business. But, if it’s still difficult to make a decision, firstly know your eCommerce store’s purpose, have a look at your expansion plans in the future and then, consider the major aspects like technical support, cost, features, themes, performance, flexibility, and more.Now, Make the Best Decision!
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