Getting through the dilemmas of choosing the best ecommerce web platform can be overwhelming and frightening at times. If the significant factors of your chosen ecommerce web platform are not taken in consideration, your business can face a big loss!
And you definitely don’t want so. The popularity of any platform is one crucial factor that influences the choice.
Showdown: Magento vs. Opencart vs. CS-Cart vs. Bigcommerce vs. Shopify
Why are Comparisons vital for the successful business?
When an entrepreneur dives into the thriving industry of ecommerce, agility is the need of the hour. One can’t ignore the fundamentals of choosing an ecommerce platform. After all, the profit and loss of any business is legged on this choice by all means.
It calls for a meticulous attention to all the parameters of an ecommerce platform which I am discussing below:
A major factor that can’t be ignored by any means is the ease of use. A web platform you choose to develop your online store should give you an air of ease. Content publishing, modification, adding products, product description and images should be hassle-free. It should also not involve any need of coding.
A web platform of the highest level- Magento ecommerce web development lets the developers create some stunning and top-notch online stores. It has a high learning curve for sure but the benefits are also exceptional. In a whole, one will need to hire Magento experts who are experienced in HTML/ CSS/ PHP.
On the scale of user-friendliness as well as ease-of-use, Opencart definitely scores higher than Magento. In a matter of few days, one can learn to extract the most from Opencart. No rocket science, nothing too complicated at all! If you have the passion and time, Opencart is worth investing some into it.
Powering over 30k store since 2005, CS-Cart is a shopping cart software. You can truly escape the hassles of learning programming languages like CSS/ HTML as it is a handy solution to edit, modify and delete the products. It stands out for it’s straightforwardness.
A beginner-like instructional dashboard of Bigcommerce pulls the new entrepreneurs and business owners to choose it. Customization options and adding as well as deleting products is much like Shopify. No coding required which is a sigh of relief!
I would not say that Shopify is the most convenient but it is least difficult in case you are hands-on creating your very own online shopping website. When it comes to the dashboard, it is quite user-friendly and has a WordPress kind of feel to it.
2. Theme and Design Options:
First impression is the last impression. It holds true for every website out there in the web world. If the design and the layout of the website is not up-to-the-mark, forget about earning high revenue from your ecommerce website. An appealing and a captivating design is a prerequisite of any website.
There is no dearth of Magento themes. From free to paid, some big theme marketplaces focus on two giants- WordPress and Magento. Highly responsive and dynamic themes can be picked to deck up your website in a matter of seconds.
I don’t deny with the fact that the themes of Magento are quite expensive, though amazing and flawless as compared to the cheaper themes of Opencart. It can be a plus point for Opencart.
Some unique and clean themes are not at all expensive and the variety is great when it comes to give an elegant and contemporary look to your online store.
Clean and creative themes with responsive layout and amazing features, you can give a long-lasting impression of your brand to the customers of the ecommerce website.
When a person chooses this platform and pays for it after the trial period is over, he can choose from the various themes available. The theme store of Shopify has over 100 free and premium themes which one can choose according to the need of the online store.
3. Scalability Level:
To keep a level up in the ecommerce business, it is quite important to be up-to-date and modern.
Bigcommerce and Shopify don’t fail to impress the users because they give a huge range of apps and functionalities to scale up the website in future. Integrating the apps and features from within the website is a breeze with these two.
On the other hand, Magento is also no way behind other ecommerce platforms. Plethora of extensions and add-ons help you to add to the functionality of your website.
But, when I talk about CS Cart unfortunately not too much add-ons and apps or extensions are available. However, it is important to mention that CS Cart addon development is progressive.
Opencart marketplace boasts of some amazing 13k+ add ons and extensions to add to the functionality of your online store.
Undoubtedly, budget plays a critical role in choosing any platform for ecommerce web development.
Let’s compare the pricing range and how much you have to shell out for each of these top 5 e-commerce website development platforms.
Completely free to install and use. While Magento Community edition is free to install and use, you will need to shell out good $18,000 for the Magento Enterprise Edition.
Like WordPress, Opencart too, is free to install and use. However, as a matter of gesture, developers can spread a word about it.
It is free of cost for the basic version. This is Free mode. However if you want to use CS-cart to its maximum possible capability, pay for the lifetime and multi-vendor lifetime plans at $375 and $1450 respectively.
Like CS-Cart, you get Bigcommerce in three flavors- priced at $29.95 and $199.95 for the last most expensive one. It is no doubt expensive, but so are the benefits that come along with it!
One can learn to get along with Shopify really fast. It also has three different packages like Bigcommerce- Basic Shopify ($29), Shopify ($79) and Advanced Shopify ($299).
In a nutshell:
Magento is the king of the ecommerce web development in every aspect whether it’s theming, or extensions or even price! Still, it all depends on the personal preferences of the business owner. When you have a good picture of your business in mind, you are the most appropriate person to choose the platform according to the features and pricing.