There are dozens of eCommerce platforms out there. Clients often ask us which solution is right for them. Magento 2 or BigCommerce? OpenCart or ZenCart? Maybe WooCommerce? In this blog we will take a closer look at Magento 2 and OpenCart. We will compare these two to help you decide which one is right for you.
Magento 2 and OpenCart have a lot in common. Both are open source platforms and are developed in PHP, they have huge developer communities and a lot of resources ( extension, add-ons,.. ). They use templates to upload products and they support multiple language and currencies options.
Magento 2 tends to consume a lot of resources, which means you will need a reliable hosting solution to support your store performance. Depending on the size of your website, you may want to avoid shared hosting and host your back-end on separate server.
As opposed to Magento, OpenCart is a lightweight platform thus making it cheaper to host. It tends to work better for small size eCommerce websites while Magento 2 is optimized for medium to large eCommerce websites.
Big difference between Magento 2 and Open Cart is available features and customization. Magento 2 is much more rich-featured as it offers unlimited design options, customizable shopping experiences, powerful SEO resources and unlimited plugins. You can always hire developer to create solution tailored to your needs. With it’s flexibility also comes it's complexity. If you’re not a Magento 2 developer or if you don’t know PHP, you’ll probably find Magento 2 a bit too complex, especially when it comes to taking advantage of its flexibility and custom features.
On the other hand, OpenCart is easier platform to work with. You don't need to hire developer to build your store making it great for start-ups that need quick delivery without many additional integrations. Compared to Magento, OpenCart isn't Mobile Ready, doesn't support API Integration and has very weak SEO. It can be improved by installing plugins but even with them it doesn't come close to out-of-the-box Magento 2.
Both Magento 2 and OpenCart have a large community consisting of thousands of fans and developers. When a problem happens, you can take advantage of the power of their communities to get assistance. They both offer free user guides and tutorials. The difference is that Magento 2 also provides an expert consulting group and training courses to help users handle the common and advanced issues in managing Magento 2 websites, including custom module development and performance review.
Magento 2 is great for larger stores with larger budgets. Its got scale-ability to support the growth of your business for years to come, and support any need you may have in the future. OpenCart is more suitable if you’re trying to build your store independently because its more intuitive, and its (almost) free to use, but take into consideration that one day, your business may grow out of it and you will have to deal with painful migration.