An important point of difference between Magento and Shopify is that Magento requires a high level programming skill to use it. You will need to find a developer to help you set up. Shopify includes an intuitive easy to use interface, as well as access to lots of free and premium theme designs.
The second big difference being that Shopify is a proprietary system and Magento an open source. Being with a proprietary system saves you the hassle from the constant updating (and if you don’t keep on top of it this can lead to a broken store or even breaks in your security system), security hacking, as well as the outdated plugins that need updating frequently. Compared to Shopify as a proprietary system with access to support 24/7.
Doesn’t allow for product comparisons (can with an app)
Not able to set up variant prices (can with an app)
Can be costly if you aren’t selling more than a few orders a month
Not the best blogging platform
Limited amount of free theme templates available
Ridiculously easy to set up and start selling
Intuitive ecommerce system
Renowned for their 24/7 customer care
Monthly fee includes SSL certificate
Essential plugins cost to use
Need to buy SSL certificate
Need to source monthly hosting
Support is via online documentation, you’re on your own otherwise
Difficult if you aren’t familiar with open source platforms
Free to download
Lots of plugins available to customise store
Can sell online via social media
Great for ecommerce stores of all sizes
Google analytics integration
One of the main differences between Shopify and Magento is that Magento is geared towards being a platform for large enterprises. You can also use Shopify for your enterprise ecommerce requirements, as well as for smaller businesses and even hobbyists. Magento being a better fit for large-scale retailers and building high-end ecommerce websites.
With Magento you will need to know each and every aspect of running an ecommerce store via an open source system, you will need help from professionals with getting set up and managing your store. Another aspect of using an open source system is that you need to acquire your own SSL certificate, install it, and arrange your own monthly hosting. Whereas these features are included with every one of Shopify plans.
With Magento designed as a free platform, the only support you’ll find is through documents on their website. Users are left to figure it out for themselves. If you’re up for searching the forums, you’ll find lots of helpful people on the forum to help you out.
Shopify is known for their high quality care of their customers. Every store owner can contact Shopify by email, phone, and live chat 24/7 if they have any issues or comments. All Shopify sellers also have access to the Shopify University, or forums.