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Magento or Shopify: Which one should you choose for your e-commerce store?

Currently, Ecommerce constitutes one of the most relevant business channels for companies.

With the increasing use of the internet and in a time when a large share of consumers are part of the generation that needs to always be online, it has become essential for many companies to explore the possibility of selling online. If you've decided to create an e-commerce site for your business but do not know which platform best suits your needs, know the differences between Magento and Shopify.

Magento is an open source software, meaning that anyone can make the changes they want as long as they know how to perform them. In addition, Magento does not have its own hosting on community edition, that is, it allows you to choose your hosting service provider.

On the other hand, Shopify is a commercial product owned by the same company. It also offers a great level of customization, but it is not possible to change its structure. Shopify is a hosted solution.

As we mentioned earlier, Magento requires the programmer to do many things on his own. There are numerous plug-ins that you can use but the platform requires you to handle all installations and configuration. This can be quite complex, especially if you have few resources on your team.

In the case of Shopify, a monthly fee is charged which makes the installation and configuration process much easier, you just need to make a few selections. Still from the cost point of view, we have already mentioned that Shopify is paid while Magento is free. However, for both Magento and Shopify will always be required for you to hire one or more people qualified in programming.

In this debate between Magento and Shopify there will not be an absolute winner. It all depends on several factors related to the company that is creating the ecommerce.

If you are looking for a more "easy" solution to implement that does not involve a lot of programming work, you will probably be better served with Shopify. On the other hand, if you prefer a higher level of customization and independence, you should choose Magento.

One generalization that can be made is that most small businesses typically opt for Shopify, while large brands with a high level of customization opt for Magento.

If you have opted for one of these platforms or still have doubts about what will be the best solution for your company, contact us. Zalox can help you develop your e-commerce page.

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