Prestashop or Magento??
An appropriate ecommerce platform for operation of one online store is critically important to one online business. It is not exaggerate to say that it is responsible for failure and success of an ecommerce business. It is particularly important to startup and small organizations when this selection is associated with their limited budget at the very beginning of foundation.
If you have an idea to build an online store or convert from the current platform into another platform, it is very worthy considering carefully. The reason is that each framework will have its own benefits and drawbacks. Prestashop and Magento are regarded as two widely popular in the eCommerce community. However, you should take into account striking differences between Prestashop and Magento to step forward closer to right choice.
#1: Pricing of Prestashop and Magento
Open-source code is one of plus points for Prestashop as the basic application is available for free with paid add-on modules. Importantly, users can choose functionality they need for their own business and they only have to pay for that module. When it comes to Magento, it accounts for the biggest share in the pie of eCommerce sites at the moment. It has 3 editions: Magento Community Edition, Magento Go, and Magento Enterprise Edition. The first one is free to download and install; Magento Go costs $15 per month and the last one- Magento Enterprise is for great players, priced $1550 per year with license fee. Apparently, its potential customers are great players whose an existing customer is quite relatively large. Therefore, if your company is startup or small organization, Magento is a risky choice for the very beginning of the business.
It can be said that developing an online business is more expensive than purchasing at initial stage. Therefore, you should consider carefully in order to generate more benefit in the long-term.
#2: Setting up and usability
The installation of both Prestashop and Magento require merchants have a little technical knowledge, especially when merchants want to install the system with a 1-click installer like Softaculous and Simple Scripts. But from perspectives of ease of use, Magento is still more difficult than Prestashop, especially to new users. Magento is programmed based on the MVC approach, then it is not easy-to use system to work with. To keep the system run smoothly and stably, programmers utilized the dedicated servers and cloud plan. Therefore, Magento is suitable with tech –savvy ecommerce geeks who do the code. Conversely, Prestashop allows developers to set up and install easily with basic features. Because Prestashop does not offer a hosted solution, so installation process is associated with the host you choose for online store. As the hosting company supports one-click installation, it is much easier to set up.
The system of Magento requires a lot of memory usage, so it is quite slow in running the software. Because of reliance on Enterprise Java/ PHD coding, the system can be sluggish if its server is not up to the demands of Magento. It results in the fact that a small server with significant sluggishness will not acquire full advantages of software. In brief, if you have a strong server and a good hosting system, Magento is a useful tool for your online store.
A study conducted by Amazon released that if your ecommerce website loads 100 milliseconds slower, you lose one percent of revenue. It means it is necessary for you to own one fast-speed engine to avoid sluggishness. Prestashop seems better than Magento regarding speed. When there are many tools that are help you to speed up Prestashop
#4: Support and Community
Both open-source programs have large community to exchange information and experience. For Prestashop, merchants can get support via an online community gathering many excellent experts and experienced users. And many users found their business partners, friends who are capable to solve problems
In terms of Magento, only when you are buyer of Enterprise edition, you will receive official support. Because of this one, users of Free community Edition just get support from former users and experienced web developers. While this system is quite difficult to use, it can be one of drawbacks of Magento if merchants get any trouble during installation process.
Regarding Prestashop, the number of LIKES in Facebook is more than 81000 while Magento has only 21000. However, Magento overcomes at the moment Prestashop about the number of followers in Twitter, 64100 and 27600 respectively.
Many people in theme market realize that
Both Prestashop and Magento are open-source code system, there are hundreds of different plugins and extension that are available for them. The striking difference is that Prestashop seems more friendly- customizable than Magento. The number of modules and themes for Prestashop is much more than Magento. In prestashop theme, there are more than 3000 modules and templates that are available for purchasing. You are strongly empowered to alter some basic elements in your website in order to make it have a unique look. Although Magento also offers some options to customize, merchants often get problems about technique. It is undeniable that Prestashop wins in this aspect.
|Release date||2007 AUGUST||2008 MARCH|
|No. of plugins/ extension||> 25000||> 1500|
|No. of online store||>250.000||>250.000|
|No. of LIKES in Facebook||81000||21000|
|Kind of software||Open-source||Open-source|
|No. of FOLLOWERS in LINKEDIN||5000||21000|
|No. of FOLLOWERS in Twitter||27,6k||64,1k|