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Magento vs PrestaShop: What are the differences?

Magento: Flexible eCommerce solutions, a vibrant extensions marketplace and an open global ecosystem. Magento Community Edition is perfect if you’re a developer who wants to build your own solution with flexible eCommerce technology. You can modify the core code and add a wide variety of features and functionality; PrestaShop: Free, Open Source eCommerce Solution powering 185,000 active stores worldwide. PrestaShop is written in PHP, is highly customizable, supports all the major payment services, is translated in many languages and localized for many countries, and is fully responsive (both front- and back-office).

Magento and PrestaShop can be primarily classified as "Ecommerce" tools.

Some of the features offered by Magento are:

  • Analytics and Reporting
  • Product Browsing
  • Catalog Browsing

On the other hand, PrestaShop provides the following key features:

  • Catalog Management
  • Product Displays
  • Site Management

"Open source" is the top reason why over 15 developers like Magento, while over 18 developers mention "Free" as the leading cause for choosing PrestaShop.

Magento and PrestaShop are both open source tools. It seems that Magento with 7.52K GitHub stars and 6.43K forks on GitHub has more adoption than PrestaShop with 3.77K GitHub stars and 3.22K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Magento has a broader approval, being mentioned in 147 company stacks & 48 developers stacks; compared to PrestaShop, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 10 developer stacks.

Advice on Magento and PrestaShop
Dan Platon
Needs advice

I'm looking to build an eCommerce website and seeking advice from professionals on the most reliable tech stack that I can use. Currently, the website is built on top of WordPress with WooCommerce, but the company has grown up, and evidently, the number of products have been increased. The site needs a fresh code because WordPress doesn't make it anymore.

The stack I'm most familiar with is PHP + Symfony + MySQL + Apache HTTP Server or NGINX. Headless eCommerce is the one I'm looking for, because of the huge complexity, it would be great to separate the backend from the frontend. Not sure about CMSs, because they had a huge amount of functionality that the application doesn't need. I've been looking also at PrestaShop, it seems ok, but not sure about customization and front-end integration. As a custom solution, I have found Sylius or Aimeos for the backend, but I'm not too sure about a frontend stack.

Could you please give some suggestions about the frontend stack and if the ones for the backend are ok?

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Patryk Padus
CEO | IT Department at webo · | 6 upvotes · 23K views

You need PIM and Drupal can both do eCommerce site and PIM catalog with many modules. Tests are available and extension are coded as Open Source too. Smaller cost of ownership. Require knowledge and more debug to get good result. From version 10 it will provide automatic updates that required for e-commerce in term of security

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Thomas Rothe
Developer at netzGiraffe · | 4 upvotes · 2.6K views

hey it is my first comment on stackshare :-) let me say, i am developer for/with prestashop and shopware

both using symfony but in different versions both system can completly customized in templates, modules, hooks/actions ....

i think it depends on the amount of products, countries and taxes too

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Hi, Sylius (headless) is great. For the front, I suggest you to have a look at, I've never used it but heard a lot about it and it seems it fits well with Sylius.

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No professional experience with shopware but version 6 is rewrite using sYmfonY 5. It's #1 e-commerce software in Germany.

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Reaction CommerceReaction Commerce

I am consulting for a company that wants to move its current CubeCart e-commerce site to another PHP based platform like PrestaShop or Magento. I was interested in alternatives that utilize Node.js as the primary platform. I currently don't know PHP, but I have done full stack dev with Java, Spring, Thymeleaf, etc.. I am just unsure that learning a set of technologies not commonly used makes sense. For example, in PrestaShop, I would need to work with JavaScript better and learn PHP, Twig, and Bootstrap. It seems more cumbersome than a Node JS system, where the language syntax stays the same for the full stack. I am looking for thoughts and advice on the relevance of PHP skillset into the future AND whether the Node based e-commerce open source options can compete with Magento or Prestashop.

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Kyle Harrison
Web Application Developer at Fortinet · | 8 upvotes · 24.8K views

Where im confused is why you think PHP isn't commonly used. It powers the grand majority of the internet, and as a language designed entirely around making websites (as opposed to general purpose languages like Java that have crammed in an http server to make it work for websites too), its a language that's incredibly easy to jump into, and offers a lot of flexibility and versatility on how to navigate web facing challenges.

Also don't kid yourself about the node "one language" ecosystem. You will find yourself often visually confused as you jump between editor tabs which .js is aimed at the browser, and which .js is aimed at the server, and gets even weirder when using js based templating engines. (This is why in my node projects with a front-end, I use Angular, which uses TypeScript),). JS was never intended to run outside of a browser based VM context, its just yet another language we've jimmyrigged an http compatible socket listener into and given filesystem access.

If you're worried about wasting your time jumping into bed with PHP, don't be. Its not only extremely widely used, but after 20 years its still incredibly relevant, high performing (you will be shocked to see how fast php7 actually is), high paying (yes, six figures), and the language itself has evolved leaps and bounds into a multi-paradigm beast of a toolkit bespoke to solving web challenges.

If you liked Spring, check out Symfony sometime. Its a PHP7 web framework that takes a LOT of inspiration from Spring, and pairs up with Doctrine, a PHP7 ORM that takes a great deal of inspiration from Hibernate. The company that makes Symfony, is also the same people behind Twig, which is so ridiculously good and popular, its been ported to pretty much every language including Java and node.

As for free packaged out of the box storefronts, Magento is a total beast of a package, and isn't for the feint of heart. But it is also THE most complete and ridiculously configurable self hostable e-commerce system you'll ever come across. Many web professionals have made entire careers completely around Magento. I am not one of them, but I have used Magento, PrestaShop, and several others, and I keep coming back to Magento. Outside of hosted shops like Shopify, Magento is, as far as I'm concerned, where you wanna be for a totally custom, plug-in based shop front for a website. The only time I'd recommend different, is if a customers website is powered by WordPress, then WooCommerce is where you wanna be.

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anas mattar
Technical Lead at DPO International · | 2 upvotes · 7.5K views

I prefer to use Magneto because it open source and has a lot of extensions in it so it's so faster for building a website

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Decisions about Magento and PrestaShop
Stephen T
Marketing Manager at Full Sort · | 4 upvotes · 35.3K views

I am out of my league here due to my limited technical knowledge compared to most people on stackshare. I am learning so I will contribute my thoughts in return plus stackshare asks me to add something that I have learned. I owned a good sized Internet candy distributor five years ago and about 8 years ago moved from Bigcommerce because they raised their price from $80.00 to something like $750 with only 2 months advanced notice to pay or leave. The price is fair but I should have been given maybe 6 months notice. I spent a month analyzing and testing other ecommerce solutions then another month finding a developer to help me move.

First, only choose a platform that's complicated like Magento if you can afford a developer to fix bugs and update security. I experienced some horrible developers but in the end found a great honest small shop to help me. Secondly, don't install a new version (in my case Magento 2.0) and stick with the time tester older version (Magento 1.X) until most big bugs are fixed. I know this information is old but not the lesson I learned which is timeless. My guess is Magento still needs to be updated constantly so stick with something like Shopify until your company grows larger.

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Isaiah Garcia
Community Developer at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 5.3K views

The interoperability and reliability of Shopify is simply unmatched on the market. Having been a web developer for a few years, I cannot imagine going with any other solutions because of the level of development that would need to go into each and every tweak requested by stakeholders.

Shopify makes it easy to use apps off the shelf to test an idea, after which you can replace it with a custom solution or build on top of it.

Using their robust API, array of webhooks, Shopify Flow and Shopify Scripts, with a little know-how anything you want to do is just a few clicks or lines of code away from reality. The community is also pretty robust, so if you ever need help, you're not alone.

Full disclosure: I've been invested since 2015, but it's because they really are the best on the market.

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Giovanni Gatto
Developer at Whiskynet · | 3 upvotes · 10.9K views

We were about to migrate our older PHP 7.0 + Symfony 2.8 + Sylius 0.17 based E-commerce site to a more recent PHP stack. We were leaning towards Laravel as that has become our primary Framework in the recent years.

We chose Vanilo because it is so modular that it let us do the migration step by step and we could add the components we needed on the run. In total it took us 9 months to migrate everything from the old PHP 7.0 Symfony codebase to PHP 7.4/Laravel/Vanilo. We could also copy the old Admin theme to Vanilo thus the Admin users don't see any difference.

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David Swift

We devised SwiftERM to generate additional income from existing consumers on ecommerce websites. Available for those using Shopify, Magento, Woocommerce or Opencart, it runs in alongside (not instead of) existing email marketing software like Mailchimp, Drupal or Emarsys. It is 100% automatic so needs zero additional staff. It uses predictive analytics to identify imminent consumer purchases. The average additional turnover achieved is 10.5%. It is the only software in the world authorised to send Trustpilot to send product ratings in outbound emails. Developers and ecommerce retailers are invited to try to it for free, to establish viability this predictive analytics system is. SwiftERM is a certified Microsoft Partner MPN ID 6197468.

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Pros of Magento
Pros of PrestaShop
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    Open source
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    Widespread community support
  • 8
    E-commerce made easy
  • 4
  • 4
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  • 15
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  • 14
    Easy to understand code
  • 13
  • 12
    Great community
  • 11
    Easy to customize with plugins
  • 10
    Easy learning
  • 8
  • 7
    Rich features with powerful functions
  • 4
    Feature rich
  • 4
  • 4
    Easy to handle

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Cons of Magento
Cons of PrestaShop
  • 2
    System is too complex
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    Processor hungry
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    What is Magento?

    Magento Community Edition is perfect if you’re a developer who wants to build your own solution with flexible eCommerce technology. You can modify the core code and add a wide variety of features and functionality.

    What is PrestaShop?

    PrestaShop is written in PHP, is highly customizable, supports all the major payment services, is translated in many languages and localized for many countries, and is fully responsive (both front- and back-office).

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    What are some alternatives to Magento and PrestaShop?
    WooCommerce is the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin. And it's available for free. Packed full of features, perfectly integrated into your self-hosted WordPress website.
    The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
    It is an online store management system. It is PHP-based, using a MySQL database and HTML components. Support is provided for different languages and currencies. It is freely available under the GNU General Public License.
    It is a true all-in-one ecommerce platform with the power to grow your business & help you sell more. It empowers you to rise above complexity – and ultimately focus on optimizing your business for growth.
    Shopify powers tens of thousands of online retailers including General Electric, Amnesty International, CrossFit, Tesla Motors, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Foo Fighters, GitHub, and more. Our platform allows users to easily and quickly create their own online store without all the technical work involved in developing their own website, or the huge expense of having someone else build it. Shopify lets merchants manage all aspects of their shops: uploading products, changing the design, accepting credit card orders, and viewing their incoming orders and completed transactions.
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