Overview—Shopify vs. Magento

As Shopify continues to grow and establish itself as a serious e-commerce platform, an increasing number of enterprise-level brands are making the switch from Magento.

The number of merchants migrating to Shopify Plus is staggering, but many larger brands are still nervous about changing platforms—and rightfully so. It’s a big deal moving a successful website with existing customers and traffic from one platform to another.

Finding reliable information about the process and what is involved is difficult as it can be hard to decipher what’s marketing hype and what the reality of the process looks like.

Magento is still arguably the leader for on-premise, enterprise-level eCommerce.  Built specifically for developers, it offers tremendous flexibility and extensibility. 

But this comes at a cost. Being able to fully customise a platform means that only a select few can do the work—and those that specialise in Mageno have a history of charging ridiculous fees for things that are simple or relatively inexpensive in Shopify.

On the flip side, Shopify may not be as customisable or extensible as Magento. But, because it is simpler and more agile, it can be considerably quicker to launch a new site—from scratch or after a migration.

The days of on-premise or self-hosted web software are numbered. SaaS is changing the world—and eCommerce is no exception.

Many retailers are looking for a simpler, more manageable way to manage complex customer experiences.

Shopify Plus is changing how enterprise merchants manage and rapidly deliver online commerce to consumers. It allows retailers to optimise their budgets and human assets away from costly infrastructure, development, and maintenance and onto more important matters like strategy, storytelling, customer engagement, social influence, and data-guided optimisation.

The launch of Magento 2 represents a line in the sand. Over the next one to two years, tens of thousands of Magento 1.x clients will be faced with the tough decision of whether to re-platform to Magento 2 or evaluate other options such as Shopify.

If you’re currently evaluating the difference between Magento 2 or Shopify Plus, we hope this guide will be helpful.