Without a doubt, Magento is one of the most interesting if not THE most interesting choice for an eCommerce platform. The opportunities it brings provide a foundation to run a very professional and advanced store. Usually, companies with a rich and diverse range of products opt for this platform, willing to offer their customers a platform with intuitive and interesting functionalities, at the same time offering advanced integration that takes care of, for example, inventory.

Until recently, the most popular eCommerce platform in Poland was PrestaShop. However, like in Germany, Magento is slowly becoming a standard and serves more than a quarter of the market. Its popularity is growing thanks to communities but also thanks to international conferences such as ‘Meet Magento‘, which is combining business and technology towards eCommerce.

The choice of an eCommerce platform can be extremely tedious. Without the right technical knowledge you may make a decision that you will later regret for a long time. We’d love to give you a whole run down of all the technical ups and downs of different eCommerce platforms, however, it would probably take as long as a semester in college. But we simplified it for you to the basic advantages and disadvantages of the most common platforms.

Magento  – eCommerce platform      

Advantages of Magento platform

  • extensive administrative part is a disadvantage for less technical users but certainly an advantage for the more experienced sales managers.
  • large community of users makes it easier to “google” solutions to problems
  • very well thought out architecture allows for very advanced implementation and more advanced development
  • the script has many opportunities for SEO code optimization   

Disadvantages of Magento platform

  • Demanding in terms of configuration and server performance
  • very large administration makes, where not everything is intuitive and obvious
  • expansion of the basic functionalities requires advanced programming skills
  • proportionally most of the available modules in the network are not free of charge           




Advantages of osCommerce

  • fits any sales model
  • low implementation costs
  • undemanding in terms of hardware
  • large base of free extra

Disadvantages of osCommerce

  • outdated architecturally and very vulnerable to attacks
  • platform hasn’t virtually been development for many years
  • difficult to maintain for advanced development     




Advantages of OpenCart

  • very large base expansion
  • technical support forums
  • undemanding in terms of hardware
  • nice, clear and easy to use panel

Disadvantages of OpenCart

  • problems with updates, some additions can lead to unexpected bugs in previously operating functionalities
  • not optimized css and js (ca. 500KB)
  • Poor in options, like reporting




Advantages of Prestashop

  • moderately intuitive and transparent panel
  • a large community
  • easy installation and modification of additions
  • fairly efficient with respect to functionality and does not require large server  resource
  • a large number of ready-made templates available both paid and free
  • built-in mobile version

Disadvantages of Prestashop

  • a very large amount of issued fixes, including security updates
  • some free functionalities that can be found in other scripts, are not free of charge
  • architecture hinders long-term development of low scalability




Advantages of Quick.Cart

  • Easy to install and simple modifications
  • intuitive administration panel
  • well-developed community and technical support
  • well positioned
  • It is able to take on a big load while maintaining a high efficiency
  • compatible with XHTML 1.1, CSS, MVC i WAI
  • built-in mobile version

Disadvantages of Quick.Cart

  • poor base of plug-ins and templates
  • database based on files, advantage in case of a small product range but problematic in case of a large product range, which reduces the efficiency of store operations
  • change in many parts of the store configuration requires knowledge of PHP



What to keep in mind when changing eCommerce platforms

When you are deciding to change the store software, first and foremost, you must remember that the process is complex and the more it is integrated the more difficult it becomes.
Starting off with the operation, you should: 

  • check if the new platform has all the functionalities of the old software
  • check whether the current service provider is able to meet the system requirements of the new platform
  • develop migratory data between databases
  • take into account all integration in the new implementation
  • allocate time on analysis, performance testing, UX research
  • don’t forget about previously indexed links in google and redirect them appropriately
  • check advertising campaigns, if they are directed at URLs of the old shop
  • prepare a plug for the old store informing customers about ongoing work
  • select a day with the potential lowest statistically traffic to connect the software

Contact us with questions regarding Magento or any of the other eCommerce platforms! 

Iwona Lencka

PHP & Magento Developer at Divante eCommerce Software House

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