Ultimate PrestaShop vs. Shopify Comparison Table
Shopify is a very popular SAAS (Software As A Service) platform in the ecommerce world. Most potential store owners hear it first after they research what software to choose for their ecommerce business.
Which is better PrestaShop or Shopify? If you don’t have much technical knowledge (basic computer skills) and don’t have time to customize and work on your store, Shopify will work great. The only significant limitation is that it is pricey and constrained. On the other hand, PrestaShop offers a complete customizations experience, a cheap startup, and a great community of supporters.
To make comparison easier, enjoy the all-in-one comparison table.
PrestaShop is Better Than Shopify
|Payment platforms||Unlimited list of payment services||Limited to almost 100 popular payment platforms|
|Checkout||Two checkout options: step-by-step and one-page checkout||One checkout flow|
|Pricing||You pay only for hosting and any custom plugins/themes||Monthly subscription (expensive!)|
|Internationalization||Lots of languages, RTL support, and more||Limited and works the best with the English language|
|Open source||Yes, you can modify it||Proprietary, no customizations are allowed|
|Staff||Unlimited||Limited to 15 staff members|
|Blogging||You have to buy addon||Minimal built-in blog platform|
|Multi store||Yes||No (one Shopify account means one store)|
|Commissions per sale||No||Up to 2% per sale|
|Themes||Almost 3k||Almost 300|
|Great for beginners||Yes||Yes, but expensive|
Shopify is Better Than PrestaShop
|Installation||Nothing to install||You have to install it manually or use one-click hosting solutions|
|Hosting||They fully host your store||You have to find hosting and pay for it as a separate expense|
|Updates||They will keep your store up-to-date||You have to update store source, addons, and themes manually|
|Maintenance||Nothing to manually maintain||You have to configure addons and updates manually|
|Page builder||Yes||Does not have page builder|
|SSL certificate||You receive it automatically||You have to accept it from the hosting service you use|
|Sitemap||Automatically generated||Has manual sitemap building feature|
|Customer support||Yes||Only if you are paid partner|
|POS||Yes||No, but can be achieved with paid plugins that are almost 200 USD|
|Learning curve||Takes easier to learn as it is more user friendly||Takes time to learn because of features list|
Common Things Between Shopify And PrestaShop
|Great for big stores||Yes||Yes|
This article wasn’t created to confuse you. Instead, it is a detailed comparison to decide what is more essential for your business’s future.
Please keep in mind that if you choose Shopify - you might have difficulty moving into another platform because it is not that easy to export data from it. But you can always export/import data in PrestaShop.
I have compared a few other platforms, see comparison blog category,