Choosing things among the best is the toughest thing to do in our life, whether it’s Coke or Pepsi, KFC or McDonald’s, WordPress or Magento! Now, if you are going to create an e-commerce website, things can be very difficult when choosing what platform should you use to create/develop your site. Let us make it easier for you today. In this article, we are going to discuss two strongest CMS (Content Management System), WordPress and Magento, their similarities, differences, functionalities, and all other important things that might help you take your decision that which might the best platform to create your e-commerce website.
Intro/Similarities – first of all, both of these CMS (Content Management System), WordPress and Magento are created with PHP. There are several similarities between them which are,
- they are both CMS,
- they were created with the same programming language, PHP,
- both WordPress and Magento are open sources
- free to use or download
- vividly customizable
- both have great communities, so one can get any kind of help regarding any issue.
WordPress vs Magento – General Differences
Well, generally Magento was built with a mission to build only an e-commerce platform. Just download it from their website, install it on your server, and voila! Your admin panel is ready to serve you. It’s just that simple to create your e-commerce site. On the other hand, WordPress is a CMS whose main target is to create mainly blog sites. The procedure is the same as of Magento- download, install and start your blogging.
But the most interesting part is, they have a vice-versa relationship with themselves. E-commerce-based CMS Magento can be used for blogging with some simple plugins and blogging-based CMS WordPress can be used for e-commerce with several plugins such as WooCommerce.
Just to make you sure, according to builtwith.com, WooCommerce covers 2.68 % of the top 1 million e-commerce sites usage whereas Magento covers only 1.5%.
WordPress vs Magento -Technical Differences
From a development standpoint, Magento seems a bit tough for beginners because it is generally more advanced and complicated at some points. But if you work a little hard on Magento, it will not disappoint you and repay you a couple of times over. And because of its complexity, you may need a different server to run your site smoothly.
On the other hand, WordPress is so easy to use, beginners friendly, you might not need much programming knowledge to create a post to buy or sell a product. WordPress plugins Woo Commerce is too light, effective, and efficient. So, it takes only a little space on the disk and it loads so quickly on the servers.
WordPress vs Magento – Features Differences
As a dedicated e-commerce CMS, Magento has some features like –
- Multi-store capability
- Complex configurable products
- Multi-language support
- Layer-by-layer navigation
Magento is an e-commerce platform only use for a bigger perspective. Or easily you can say, if you want to create an e-commerce with hundreds of thousands of products, Magento is the best option for you. With better hosting, Magento can handle thousands of products and orders so easily.
You will get some of its features in WordPress too, but you might need to install different plugins for different features. Additionally, WordPress is an SEO-friendly system, so you can get more hits on your site using a WordPress-based e-commerce platform. But WordPress-based Woo Commerce is more suitable for small businesses/enterprises because the plugins might create functional problems handling big sites with thousands of products.
WordPress vs Magento – Security Issues
As we know that Magento is a specially built-to-create e-commerce platform so it is a package fully reliable on itself, or you can say, it is not dependable on other plugins like WordPress. WordPress uses several plugins than Magento. So Magento has less vulnerability than WordPress.
Before you go, let’s look at the top 5 sites using WordPress
Top 5 sites using Magento
Like everything in the world, WordPress and Magento, both have some lacking and some useful things too. There is a simple patch that can help your e-commerce or online shop with a rocket-speed. Which is, add your Magento store/shop with a WordPress blog. You can sale your product on Magento and write about your product details or potential in WordPress blog, it would bring more traffic to your site and most of all. You don’t have to be so choosy about which platform am I going to use, Magento or WordPress. Still confused? Flip a coin.