Contemporary double-crossing rat race competition leaves no place for mediocrity. In order for a businessman to be successful, he is expected to have perfect resources that combine to generate the most appropriate result.
The scenario is similar with e-commerce industry as well. The store is no more judged, approached or rejected merely because of its products but, a lot many other factors contribute to it, such as navigation, user experience, third party functionality, customization, admin tools, etc.
While Opencart is a robust eCommerce solution offering varied features and an attractive interface, there are around 4 other major e-commerce development modules that are equally effective. With such variety in choice, confusion is unavoidable. Thus, it’s advisable to make a comparison regarding which module will work out best with the aspired website and its core purpose. To begin with, let us first compare OpenCart development with Magento.
To begin the comparison, Magento and opencart have a lot in common.
1) Both are open source platforms
2) Both are developed in PHP
3) Both use templates for uploading products
4) Both offer easy maintenance by non-programmers
5) Both are resourceful in terms of add-on products, plugins, and extensions
6) Support multiple languages and currencies
7) Both are a global e-commerce solution
Now that we are through with the similarities, we know that certain basic required features are offered by both of these e-commerce solutions. We can now have a clear idea about the differences without getting our thoughts jumbled.
Step 1 – Installation
Opencart is supposedly easier to install than Magento. In case you are a beginner, un-proficient or a non-professional, opencart will provide you with in-built codes of themes, product management, category management, etc. While, Magento might seem to be a little confusing, Opencart may be better for you unless you are experienced enough to improve Magento on your own. However, Magento offers its user a wide variety of options, allowing the user to do anything with the website. Magento is also recognized for improved user experience and revenues.
Step 2 – Default site design
Default site appears to better in opencart than in Magento because of its updated modernized look. The look in Magento is basic, thus only a professional, experienced expert will be able to design the site to become eye-catching and attractive. However, the first impression by looks can only be considered by those who are not experts. OpenCart also displays a detailed summary of all the recent orders and sales analytics.
Step 3 – Cost and Security
Being a light-weight platform for usually small scale stores, OpenCart is cheaper than Magento with a $7 per month purchasing. Magento is a bigger platform with many more options compared to Opencart; therefore it is available in Magento Community Edition as well as Magento Enterprise Edition. While, community edition is free of cost, enterprise charges around $18000 per annum.
License is not required in OpenCart but, is required in Magento, thus making Magento a better secured platform.
Step 4 – Traffic
OpenCart is a light-weight platform. Even when it was developed to support multiple numbers of potential users for both big and small enterprises, it does lack the functionality to support large traffic. Thus, it is not as flexible as Magento. Magento on the other hand can support huge businesses and enterprises while working stably with wide variety of products or services, simultaneously handling huge traffic.
Step 5 – SEO
OpenCart might be SEO friendly in terms of boosting URL’s, but changing or modifying metadata and performing actions is drawback, even with additional extensions. On the other hand, Magento is an empowering site’s search engine optimization through optimizing titles, images, other content, and URL’s. Magento users also offer to easily connect stores to a WordPress blog, while OpenCart does not offer it as easily.
Step 6 – Assistance
Both the platforms are extremely popular and widely used, thus both of them provide their users a 24×7 support. However, Magento provides its users with expert counseling and even training programs. In general, the accountability from both the platforms is qualitative and quick.
Step 7 – Usability
OpenCart helps in delivering goods quickly in case your enterprise is a startup or does not require much integration. It is known for a strong shopping cart, thus if you only want to sell goods, this is what you need.
Magento, on the other hand, offers two options – free for average spend and paid to speed it up much more. Additionally, it offers many more features as well.
While OpenCart is suitable even for small businesses, Magento is mostly preferred by experienced, large-scale expertise E-commerce.