Pros and Cons of Magento, Opencart, Shopify and WordPress


The Magento function is the most powerful open source mall system among all these systems. The expansion and marketing functions are excellent, and you can continuously add your own suitable functions in the later stage. These are not problems.

So it is especially suitable for those who think that their independent station will do better in the future, the traffic will be relatively large, and they will be further expanded in the future, and if they have certain technical support, they can choose Magento.


Magento is also the most complex of all systems both in terms of installation and use.

Since Magento is highly scalable, it also consumes a lot of performance. Compared with other systems, Magento will be slower.

In addition, there are many operational problems in the background, which require programmers with certain professional knowledge to solve. Another one is that Magento’s backend requires operators to spend time to operate and familiarize themselves with. Backstage operations are more difficult than others.

From this point of view, it is difficult for ordinary small sellers to deal with, especially those who switch from the platform to the independent station. Since the independent station is basically blank, it is not recommended that you use magento.

However, if your company is going to be big, has a certain strength, and will make efforts on an independent website in the future, in the long run, magento is suitable for such a company.


Opencart is a relatively lightweight mall system. Not for development, the process is simple and clear, the operation is relatively simple, and it is easy to get started, which can meet the needs of most sellers.

Therefore, Opencart is more suitable for small to medium-sized e-commerce companies with little change


Compared with Magento, Opencart’s late expansion is relatively poor


Prestashop is a system that is easy to use in the background, relatively simple to install, and has many plug-ins. Suitable for most user needs.


Compared with Magento, Prestashop’s late expansion is relatively poor

In fact, there is nothing to say about WordPress. His DNA is blogging. WordPress is the best blogging tool.

Many people use wordpress as a shopping mall. In fact, I don’t agree with it very much. However, some B2Bs use wordpress, as long as there are not many products, it is still possible for display.

Many B2B websites choose wordpress+Woocommerce to match, and I think there is nothing wrong with it.

However, if it is B2C order shopping, I really do not recommend using wordpress to build it. If you want to do long-term and have a little idea, you will not use WP for order shopping.

In the past two years, the third-party website construction company has been relatively popular. It’s a fool’s way to build a website, buy plug-ins, buy templates, and various assemblies, so you don’t have to worry about being cheated by others.


Shopify is a third-party system. Users only need to choose their favorite templates and add their own plug-ins. It is very simple and basically does not require programmers. It is suitable for small users who want to save time.


You can’t install it yourself, you can only choose a template. The cost is high and unreasonable, and it is very inconvenient for the personalized display and expansion of the website in the future. appears in:

Theme: There are a lot of free themes for you to choose, of course most of them are paid, almost $180 or more

Shopify charges: Shopify offers three paid monthly plans (this article does not discuss the Shopify Plus custom plan), which are $29, $79, and $299. Different monthly plans have different charging standards and support. Please see the chart below for the cost of different monthly plans.


The above are the fees charged by Shopify, and there will be other additional fees for the store, mainly: other payment channel transaction fees If you do not use Shopify Payments to collect money, for example, use Paypal, in addition to Shopify will charge a 2% handling fee , then Paypal will also charge a handling fee for each transaction.

  1. For cross-border transactions, Paypal’s transaction fees are:

Order Price x 3.9% + 30c

There is also a fee for installing plugins.

So although Shopify is easy to use, have you noticed that it is actually very expensive. Regardless of whether you have traffic to a website, you have to pay every month anyway.

For small sellers, the website should have no traffic for a long time (uploading products, optimizing the website, and attracting traffic, all of which add up to a lot of time), so in the long run, the cost is actually still very high.

I have been in contact with many sellers, and I know them too well. Many sellers thought it was very cheap in the early stage, but if there is no traffic for a long time, many sellers definitely want to change again. Then independent stations can’t be done, and they are always like this. Therefore, in a At the beginning, I suggest that everyone should think about it.

And similar Magento, Opencart, Prestashop, do not have this problem

More importantly, the fee that I think is very unreasonable is that Shopify actually charges you a commission for your product order! We know that Shopify does not attract traffic to you, but he charges commission for your products.

Amazon charges a 15% commission, which is actually understandable, but it is really unreasonable for shopify to charge a commission.

So please remember this too!

In summary:

In fact, various shopping mall construction systems have their own advantages and disadvantages, and you need to choose the one that suits you according to your own situation:

◎ If you have a professional team, strong technical support, and want to develop an independent station in the long run, you can consider using Mangeto

◎If you are a B2B factory and want to place orders on a simple independent website, the functions don’t need to be too complicated, you can consider WordPress+Woocommence

◎If there are few products, small teams recommend, personally recommend using Opencart

◎If you feel that you are afraid of being cheated by others, and you feel that there is no traffic in the early stage, you can always pay the fee of shopify, and you don’t care whether the source code of the future website is in your own hands, you can consider shopify

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