A guide to online store: OpenCart vs Magento vs Shopify vs WooCommerce

A guide to online store: OpenCart vs Magento vs Shopify vs WooCommerce

A guide to online store OpenCart vs Magento vs Shopify vs WooCommerce
Wed, 03/13/2019 - 15:19

Content management systems, frameworks, and online shopping portals have become an alternative for web/mobile development world. The conventional long span in developing a website or application has been replaced by available plug-ins, extension codes etc.

Earlier, each and every brick of a structure was being placed by the hands of a developer itself, and then the scratch used to convert into a full-fledged website. This whole process did consume multiple days and nights on its architecture along with multiple sessions of errors and their corrections, hundreds of changes, rechecks and whatnot altogether.

And what if the website/application is found unfit for any platform or device, or disliked by the public just because of an occult mistake that you have missed even after countless rechecks?

mistake

It merely does matter how much of your days and nights you have spent on it! 

Because the consumer expects more than what you’ve thought he could. And he doesn’t wait for anything deficient in any way. Even if he does, we should consider this as a product

When dilemma hits your head regarding the selection of best CMS/platform, and before making a crucial decision about it, get some idea about three of the world’s topmost e-commerce solutions, their features, nature of compatibility, about the services they render, how much they cost and their readiness with any other platform.

1. OpenCart

OpenCart-framework-blog

  • OpenCart is basically an open-source Frame-work.


    What is a framework?

    Fictionally explained - A framework is just a room in a house, provided with multiple compartments in it, which are adjustable and configurable in such a manner that you can design the model of your room again and again as you want.(In the case of OPENCART, you need to know PHP, XML, JavaScript, and CSS first to design or customize your room.)

    Here, Room is the Functionalities of software and Compartments is the Code or Extensions for functionalities.

  • OpenCart is an online store management system, which usually comes with a free demo installation. “It has PHP written code, MySQL database support, and runs on AJAX technology”.

    “AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a technology through which the application gets capable of sending and retrieving data without hindering the page and its behavior.”

opencart-development-services
  • Its basic installation doesn’t involve any add-ons and content. You have to purchase the paid version of OpenCart to get add-ons and its contrasting features.
  • OpenCart 2.0 allows you access the ADMIN panel from mobile itself.
  • Good thing is, unlike Shopify or WordPress, you won’t have to rely completely on them for your design, and functionalities.
  • The extensions and modules that OpenCart provide are customizable to the core.
  • A thing to keep in mind is; as it is customizable, you need to take care of its operation. If there are any changes made in the core of code or extensions, its update will be as difficult as its customization was.
  • It is an open-source free to use Framework, which has many add-ons(paid) which you can purchase, ranging in between $0 to more than $90,000...
  • It is being surveyed that in terms of User-friendliness, OPENCART wins over MAGENTO but lags behind Woo-Commerce.
     

2. Magento

magento-ecommerce-platform

  • Magento is a CMS which is strongly inclined towards e-commerce only. 


    ‘Why it is colloquially known as a pioneer for e-commerce platform’ is a question in many minds.

    (“As it renders all the basic services required in a commercial domain for say- Order/Customer/Product/Categories management and Third-party integration as well.”)

magento-development-services

  • Unlike Shopify, its code is completely accessible. Including extensions, plug-ins, modules.
  • It provides you a diversified cost window. (Hosting starts from $10 to $250 a month.)
  • It works over multiple languages, currencies and provides tax-rates per location.
  • It is available in 2 versions as CE and EE (Community edition and Enterprise edition).
  • Magento scores 95 out of 100 in terms of SEO, which is factually the second highest after Shopify. The score shows that it is SEO friendly, but one needs to know the rules of the SEO game.
  • Magento gives you some out of the box things such as Conical tags for categories & products, Metatags for products & home pages. Moreover, it includes promotional features as well as customer segmentation.
history-of-magento-2019

 

3. Shopify

shopify-ecommerce

Shopify is a lavish ecommerce platform for online stores, reigning in its domain in a positive posture. Unlike Magento and OpenCart, it doesn’t let the customer access to the code but renders a prestigious service against of that, converting it into one of the most popular ecommerce platforms available today.

  • Written on ‘Liquid’ language, built on Ruby on Rails framework. (GITHUB, BASECAMP, AIRBNB also are built in the same framework).
  • It is believed that if you are pitching with a limited number of product varieties, SHOPIFY will take you to the summit with it.

shopify-development-services

  • If you are not good with programming and codes, SHOPIFY  is made for people like you. It provides complete code support and manages all the issues by itself, that’s why it is called a self-hosted e-commerce solution.
  • It has maximum compatibility in terms of SEO.
  • SHOPIFY gives a 14-day trial and then monthly subscriptions basically, on $29 and more. (Multiple currencies are entertained).

4. Woo-Commerce

woo-commerce

WooCommerce is neither a complete CMS, nor it is an online portal alone, not a framework as an individual. In fact, it is a plug-in developed by WordPress for its design.

Its themes are acquired by ‘Automatic’ and it works for WordPress

  • It is free to use, easy to install and simpler for customization. The reason behind its renounce is its simplicity. It only needs a WordPress installation and hosting service.
  • It has near about 1000 free plug-ins and 330 extensions. And many more if you are willing to get them on paid mode. The figure of its plug-in downloads has crossed millions.
  • Its themes are available in $39 per piece but if you are a developer and want to play with all the themes, you can purchase a package for $399 which will get you all the WooCommerce based themes
  • In terms of themes, it is observed that WooCommerce has got some benefits of being an open source e-commerce solution. As you can get other themes there which are not developed by the WooCommerce itself but sold by others.
  • In terms of pricing, WooCommerce seems a free thing, but charges for the hosting and SSL certificate which consummately brings it almost equal to the other e-commerce solutions.

woocommerce-development-services

In the end, it will be an injustice to compare these E-commerce giants with each other as each of them has a distinct identity yet serving to the same platform in a different manner.

An e-commerce solution is something that keeps you away from these issues. It just asks for a zero voltage bulb that needs to be kept enlightened over it. It makes you tension free regarding its maintenance as well.  An eye over the software can turn it big.


People often search in google for knowing the differences in between Opencart, Shopify and Magento or WooCommerce which is not technically correct. And they really need to know the subtle differences in between them.

market-share-by-ecommerce

Opencart is completely a framework while Shopify is a portal which serves you the unlimited hosting and no code access in it. Magento at both the ends exists in dual forms i.e. a framework as well as a full-fledged package that can manage your website itself too. While WooCommerce is a pervasive Plug-in.

A-guide-to-online-store-comparison-2019-magento-vs-opencart-vs-shopify-vs-woocommerce


 

Leslirous

Yes. This is the 1st choice. I can continue my personal analyze and grow a registered
psychologist. There are plenty of possibilities in this field.
My own cv is definitely sturdy in the event that I personally thought to try
to get an alternative job.

Ewan

You can certainly see your skills in the article you write.

The world hopes for more passionate writers such
as you who aren't afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

Susanne

Hello to every body, it's my first go to see of this web site;
this blog contains amazing and genuinely good data in support of visitors.

Bart

It's going to be ending of mine day, but before finish I am reading this great piece of writing to increase
my know-how.

Madonna

Please let me know if you're looking for a article writer for
your site. You have some really good posts and I think
I would bbe a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the lolad off, I'd love to write some
matterial for your blog in exchange for a link
back to mine. Please sen me an email if interested.
Cheers!

Mario

Please let me kknow if you're looking for a writer for your
site. You have soime really good articles and I think I wuld be a good asset.
If you eve want to take some of the load off, I'd really
like to write some articles for your blog in exchange for
a link back to mine. Please blast me an e-mail if
interested. Regards!

Jasmin

Many thanks for almost every other magnificent blog post.

The place as well could virtually anyone obtain that
variety of info in a best way with words? I've a business presentation next month, system along at the seek these details.

Tamela

I enjoy what you guys are up too. This type of clever work and coverage!
Keep up the excellent works guys I've incorporated you guys to my personal blogroll.
Hello there! This post couldn't be written any better!
Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
He always kept talking about this. I will send this information to him.
Pretty sure he's going to have a very good read.
Thank you for sharing! It’s appropriate time to make some plans for
the longer term and it’s time to be happy. I have learn this post and if I
may I want to counsel you few interesting things or suggestions.
Perhaps you could write subsequent articles relating to this article.
I want to read more issues about it!

Simon

What a great article! WooCommerce has over 10 million installations, that's incredible! How many do they have now? I wonder they have seen less installations since 2011 because there is now more competition??

Cynthia

Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the
same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

Julienne

This design is spectacular! You most certainly know
how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your
videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost...HaHa!)
Excellent job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
Too cool!

Magda

I like what you guys tend to be up too. This kind of clever work
and exposure! Keep up the great works guys I've incorporated you guys to our blogroll.
Hi, I log on to your blogs on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is witty, keep up the good work!
I am sure this piece of writing has touched all the internet visitors, its
really really pleasant article on building up new blog.

Leland

It'ѕ a pity yоu ɗon't have a donate button! I'd сertainly doinate tо tһiѕ excellent blog!
I guess foor now і'll settle for bookmarking and adding yoᥙr RSS feerd tto
mу Google account. Ι looқ forward toߋ brand nnew update and wіll talk about thiѕ website witrh mʏ
Facebook grⲟup. Talk soon!

Vicki

Thanks to my father who informed mе on tһe topic of this weblog, this blog іѕ гeally amazing.

Linnea

Κeep on writing, geat job!

Henry

Hey! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?
I'm kinda paranoid about losing everything I've worked hard
on. Any recommendations?

Dario

Hey! I could have sworn I've been to this site before
but after browsing through some of the post I realized it's new to me.
Anyhow, I'm definitely delighted I found it and I'll be bookmarking and checking back
frequently!

Sugen

Thanks for sharing such a great article. It is very knowledgeable and interesting.

Lasonya

Hello, always i used to check weblog posts here early
in the morning, as i like to learn more and more.

Rodrigo

Right now it seems like Drupal is the best blogging platform out there right now.
(from what I've read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

Cinda

Terrific article! That is the type of info
that are meant to be shared around the net.
Disgrace on the search engines for now not positioning this publish higher!
Come on over and seek advice from my site . Thanks =)

Hugh

What'ѕ up, tһe whoⅼe thing is gⲟing perfectly һere and ofcourse evety
օne is sharing іnformation, that's truly fіne, keeⲣ up writing.

Luisa

Heya і am for tthe first time herе. I cɑme acгoss thіѕ board and I fіnd It
гeally uѕeful & it helped me օut a lot. I hope tο give somethіng back and һelp otherѕ
like you helped me.

Carson

Nice post. I waѕ checking continuously tһis blog annd Ι'm impressed!
Ꮩery helpful іnformation specіfically the ⅼast part :) Ι caee for such info а lοt.
І was seeking this ρarticular infоrmation for a long timе.
Thаn youu and beѕt οf luck.

Freya

That iѕ a reаlly ɡood tip pаrticularly to thоse new to the
blogosphere. Simple bᥙt very precise informatiоn… Tһanks for sharing tһis one.
A muѕt read article!

Antonietta

Goood daʏ very nice web site!! Guy .. Excellent ..
Wonderful .. Ӏ ᴡill bookmark your blog and taкe
tthe feeds ɑlso? І am glad to find numerojs usеful inbformation гight
һere wіthin the post, we'd lіke develop mⲟrе strategies in tһis
regard, thank уou for sharing. . . . . .

Carmon

Нi my friend! Ӏ want to sау tһat thjs post is awesome, nice written аnd come with
almօst all vital infos. I'd ⅼike to peer more posts lke this .

Marcela

Do you mind iif I quote a couple off yߋur posts аѕ
long ɑѕ I provide credit ɑnd sources ƅack to your webpage?
My blog is in the very same areа off intеrest as yⲟurs
ɑnd my uѕers would genuinely benefit fгom sօme of the іnformation yoᥙ present һere.
Pleaѕe lеt me know if thjs ⲟk with yoᥙ. Cheers!

Dave

I love ykur blog.. very nice colors & theme. Ɗid yօu сreate
tһis weebsite ʏourself ⲟr ɗіd you hire ѕomeone to dⲟ it for you?

Plz reply aѕ I'm ⅼooking to design mу own blog ɑnd would likе to
ind out ԝһere u gott tһiѕ fгom. cheers

Errol

Hurrah, tһat's what I wɑs exploring f᧐r, what a stuff!
present here at this blog, tһanks admin оf tһis site.

Annette

Нellօ mates, ցood post аnd fastiddious arguments commented һere, I am trᥙly enjoying Ƅу theѕe.

Celinda

Usually I do not read article on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do it!
Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice article.

Mohammad

Nice post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I'm impressed!
Very useful info particularly the remaining part :
) I maintain such info a lot. I was looking for this
certain information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

Titus

Ιt's enormous thаt you are getting thoughts from thiss article ass well as from our discussin mаde at this рlace.

Hudson

Wonderful article! Тhiѕ iѕ the kіnd оf info that ɑre supposed tⲟ
be shared acrоss tthe web. Disgrace ߋn Google for nnow
not positioning this submit higher! Come ᧐n ovcer and talk oѵer witһ myy web site .

Ꭲhank yyou =)

Dakota

It's aesome to pay a visit thhis website ɑnd reading tһe views оf
all mates reցarding this piece ߋf writing,
whіle І am also eager of getgting experience.

Shana

Thank you for thе gooԀ writeup. Іt іn truth waѕ once an amusement account it.

Glance advanced tߋ more brought agreeable from you! Ηowever, hoԝ can we communicate?

Mellissa

Ϝߋr most ᥙр-tо-date іnformation уοu һave tо paay ɑ visit the
web and on wοrld-wide-web I foսnd this website as ɑ mοst excellent weeb рage
for latsst updates.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*

Author Information

aayush Goswami

Aayush Goswami is a senior content writer at MAAN Softwares INC. He has been with this company for the past 1 years. Aayush specializes in technical writing with an emphasis on mobile development, web design, and technology trends. Aayush finds covering the tech world to be an exciting and engaging experience as each day brings new and groundbreaking technologies to explore and write about.