With many E-commerce platforms coming out, the competition to stay on the top is rising. While every platform is designed and created to take care of online businesses, there will always be something that sets them apart. Shopify and Magento are the two most popular platforms for a reason. They’re known as the pros in leading the e-commerce industry.

While they both are equally powerful, there are still some features that set them apart.

  • Hosting

Shopify Plus provides a fully hosted platform, which means that you don’t have to hire someone to do the backend coding for your website. Shopify Plus handles everything for you, from your clients to your web pages.  It manages your web pages with the server it provides. This makes Shopify Plus more user-friendly. You just have one web-page to handle which will also be automatically updated regularly.

On the other hand, Magento is self-hosted. You will have to provide a server to utilize Magento’s resources which will cost you a lot of money. But in return, you also get the right to add changes in the backend code whenever you want. With Magento, you can completely customize your website.

  • User interface

Shopify Plus offers a wide range of themes and templates for you to choose from. All their themes are mobile-optimized which means your site will look aesthetically appealing on your phone and tablet as well. They offer over 60 customizable themes and some of them are free. Shopify Plus makes customization easier for you. You can easily edit the page elements, colors and images. The dashboard is quite easy to navigate as well and anyone can quickly learn how to manage it.

Magento on the other hand, gives you 12 themes to choose from and only 10 of them are mobile-optimized. They offer exclusive features with their themes. You’re free to create a theme of your own but you need to know have coding skills for that. Magento’s web-pages can be highly customized with the help of coding. Its interface is easy to navigate, but also has complex features you’ll have to learn about beforehand.

  • Pricing

Shopify Plus costs around 2000$ every month. This price covers the license cost as well. This price is fixed with customizable features.

Magento’s license cost starts at 2000$ monthly and increases according to different packages. This license cost does not include the hosting costs as it depends on the size of the website.

Irrespective of the differences, it is important to note that these two leading platforms are the best at what they do. It all depends on what your business is looking for.

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