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Shopify vs. Magento?

Looking to hear people's experiences using Magento and/or Shopify - if you have experience with both even more interested. I'm in the process of choosing for an MVP commerce project. I generally love open source software (although I realize Magento is now owned by ebay).

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David J. Neff
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David J. Neff Entrepreneur
Digital Strategy Manager at PwC
Although I don't have a preference for software discussed above, I'd also love to hear what people think of https://squareup.com/online-store. Which is a level of sophistication below Magento/Shopify.
Lee Senderov
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Lee Senderov Advisor
Start-up Executive, Advisor, Investor
I have a good amount of experience with both and happy to help but would be easier to chat. Email me and we can find a time to quickly connect via phone.
Bart Mroz
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Bart Mroz Advisor
Head of Brand Experience
Magento is no longer owned by eBay. It's a separate company.

If you are working on a MVP eCommerce project, I would go with Shopify. Magento is a big product and now with Magento 2 is even bigger. It is a complex but also the most fleixible Ecommerce system out there. It also requires a lot of expertise.

Shopify might be a better and quicker way of testing your business.

Josh McCormack
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Josh McCormack Advisor
Owner, InteractiveQA - Marketing, Web Dev, Testing, Data & Market Analysis
I'm finishing up a Shopify project now. I've been developing web sites since the mid 90s, and have used a lot of ecommerce systems. It's hard to beat the Shopify experience. It's not perfect, and it may not meet your specific needs, but it's cheap, easy and up and functional in minutes. Reach out if you'd like to chat.
Shawn Elledge
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Shawn Elledge Advisor
Integrated Marketer specializing in B2B Demand Generation, Lead Generation and Direct Marketing
By no means am I an expert on this but I built my wife an e-commerce site www.ruggoddess.com with over 3000 products online.Right now we are updating our site to a responsive theme which we hope to go live later next week. So far so good. Im not sure about the customization of shopify but we needed advanced search options i.e. style, primary color and size that most solutions didnt offer out of the box. Many offered up to two search options style and color but not three.Bart has some good points but we needed the additional flexibility of Magento.
Justin King
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Justin King Entrepreneur
B2B eCommerce Adviser and Strategist, Founder of eCommerceandB2B.com, Senior Partner B2X Partners
Hi Ryan - is this B2C or B2B or something other? Makes a huge difference. Magento was bought by Private Equity and spun off on their own over the last few months. The platforms couldn't be any more different. For flexibility sake - Magento. For ease of use, time to market - Shopify. By definition with MVP, I would imagine I would start with Shopify or BigCommerce or even something like AbleCommerce, get your legs underneath you then look at bigger and more capable platforms in the future.
Joe Monastiero
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Joe Monastiero Advisor
CEO, Founder nFlate
Ryan,

I agree with Bart, but unlike Justin, I would not recommend Big or Able. We are a solutions provider for Shopify and we're porting now to Magento (data-science-based product recommendation app/ext). Shopify is very robust and very easy to get started on. About 100 free themes available, some very cool.

Magento is a big powerful beast and absolutely requires 2-3x deeper tech chops. You can be up and running with a nice sandbox environment (for testing transactions) in a matter of hours on Shopify.

I do see a lot of Shopify to Magento migrations over time, as sites get bigger and need more control and power.

IMHO, Big is a fading platform.
Robert Tolmach
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Robert Tolmach Entrepreneur
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Hey Ryan,

We built these two sites on Shopify:http://www.classwish-books.org/ andhttp://resortsforgood.com/.

Very quick and easy and lots of available customization with no coding. Lots of apps to provide all sorts of extra functionality. If you need anything tweaked, they provide an hour of free tweaking. If you know html and CSS, you can do more on your own.

Great phone tech support! 95% of the gurus have been great.

They also have an API to let you do other stuff (the apps use it, and you can create your own private app). You can also connect to certain Shopify store data via Zapier.

The only annoyance we had is that they do not have a comparison chart to let you compare the various themes. They really should, since some of the features differ, as well as the appearance. (SquareSpace does not have a theme comparison chart, either, and it is a really big problem there).

Good luck!


David Albert
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David Albert Entrepreneur • Advisor
Founder & Principal at GreyGoo
Shopify is an excellent platform--nimble, fast, tons of add-ons, great for small to mid-size ecommerce. Their templating language, Liquid, is easy to follow if you know any client or server-side scripting. Magento is a beast. Unless you have serious integration requirement or complex needs, I'd steer clear. If you're a fan of open-source, I also highly-endorse Woo Commerce. Runs on Wordpress. It's easy to dismiss/overlook because it runs on Wordpress, but it's free, open-source, powerful, well thought out and also has a lot of add-ons. We've built sites using all 3 and Shopify and Woo have worked out very well for most applications.
Kimberly Salzer
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Kimberly Salzer Advisor
Chief Marketing Officer at Hyperloop One
I have experiencw with both. We used Shopify as a quick and dirty way to get e-commerce up and running. It's fast and cheap, when you are small. We then switched to Magento which would allow for better scale and customization.
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