by Teodor, Solution Sales Specialist at Flat Rock
If you’re looking to sell your products online, you need an e-commerce store. You can easily make a profit with your own e-commerce solutions. These days this kind of business is maybe the most attractive for retailers. In general, diving into the e-commerce business is absolutely necessary for every retail or wholesale business.
However, most of the clients are wondering which of the e-commerce platforms is the best choice for their business – Magento or OpenCart?
In this article, we would like to introduce and compare two open-source e-commerce platforms: Magento (now referred to as Adobe Commerce) and OpenCart, and present their advantages and disadvantages so we can help you make your choice easier and better aligned with your expectations.
Magento or OpenCart? Which is the Better E-commerce Platform?
Both platforms are driven by PHP and are open source platforms. They offer an unlimited number of products and categories. Both platforms support multiple languages. But the similarities between them end here.
What are Magento’s advantages over OpenCart?
Magento allows creating the interface according to any needs and tastes of the web store owners. It is really a customer-centered platform because it offers more possibilities for clients and allows product comparison, wishlists, and smart customer accounts. The convenient site navigation makes the product search easy. Customers can also benefit from features such as order history, tagged items, recently reviewed products, etc. The Magento shopping cart is a good solution for large online stores, where OpenCart unfortunately fails. With Magento, you can support multiple stores. This is a scalable and reliable solution for all clients and retailers.
What are OpenCart’s advantages over Magento’s?
Now we should mention the advantages of OpenCart over Magento. Most developers will find OpenCart much lighter than Magento. It is effortless to download and install. It is friendlier in terms of using the shopping cart in comparison to Magento, which requires more technical skills. OpenCart is lightweight, and easy to download and install, unlike Magento, which is quite demanding in terms of hosting environment. OpenCart is easy to administer. The control panel is clear and convenient, so no special technical skills are required. Magento, in these terms, is more complicated and is quite confusing at the beginning of exploitation. OpenCart provides free support and software updates. Magento users often have complications searching for the answers, though the developed Magento community can be useful in this case. OpenCart is a perfect solution for startups, enabling the store to open shortly after software installation. Magento is a complicated platform and requires more time for preparation and evaluation before it starts functioning properly.
In conclusion, we can say that Magento is suitable for large stores. However, it requires more effort to get familiar with. OpenCart, on the other hand, is quite ideal for smaller enterprises.
Here is a quick comparison table for both e-commerce platforms:
|Hosted solution||No||Magento Go|
|Content management||Basic content management||Developed CMS|
|Administration panel||Easy to use||More complicated|
|Theming||Files may contain PHP which is not abstracted from the HTML files||Good. Needs time to get used to its specifics.|
|Documentation||Available online||Harder to get online|
|Search engine friendliness||Not very friendly||Friendlier than OpenCart|
|Scalability||Good.||Good, especially for large stores.|
If you’re settled on whether to choose Magento or OpenCart for your online store, Flat Rock offers a range of different e-commerce solutions, suitable for every business regardless of its size. We will help you turn your online store idea into a reality. Contact us for more information and check our solutions at http://www.flatrocktech.com/e-commerce.
About the author:
Teodor Kozhuharov is a Solution Specialist at Flat Rock Technology and focuses on web solutions such as content management systems, e-commerce platforms, online marketing, and business software (ERP, CRM, and Business Intelligence).