Implementation and Time from Idea to Launch of Shopify vs. Magento

Shopify Plus is focused on speed—not just of the infrastructure but of the design, development, and build also.

Deployments typically take two to four months for most custom Shopify sites—depending on the level of complexity.

Shopify Plus deployments remove the need to worry about server architecture, hosting, and security. This allows you to focus on building your brand, telling your story, connecting with your audience, and putting your customers’ needs first.

Liquid, Shopify’s templating language is simple, intuitive and elegant and does not require significant development experience to build and launch beautiful sites quickly so you can focus on the important work that begins once the site goes live.

On the other hand, on-premise solutions like Magento have steep learning curves and require specialists to manage virtually every aspect of the process from server architecture set up, hosting, security, and ongoing management and maintenance.

Building a new site on Shopify or migrating from another platform is more about designing the user-experience, interface, emotion, and functionality than it is about the technical nuts-and-bolts associated with on-premise, open-source platforms.

And, once your Shopify site goes live, because of the elegance of the platform and the intuitiveness of the templating language, you may find it considerably easier to train existing team members to manage more of your store than was possible with Magento. This improves your agility to make changes, increases the speed at which you can iterate, and reduces the cost of out-sourcing every little change.

If you need to achieve something technically that is not possible natively, Shopify Plus allows for private app development, custom integrations, and cart scripting to accommodate unique or complex customizations.

The platform enables complex customisations without the need to understand a full application infrastructure and extending Shopify’s capabilities is a powerful way to inexpensively get more out of the platform.

Shopify’s APIs are standardized and intuitive, which allows developers to leverage the development language or platform of their choice for development and integrate with essentially any other platform system that has an API of its own.

Implementation times for a new Magento deployment are commonly 4 to 8 months—depending on the level of complexity—and can require an array of resources such as developers, architects, deployment specialists, QA resources, etc.

Customising an on-premise ecommerce solution looks a lot like custom application development. Building out customisations in Magento is also less efficient because you have no standard of code—so, while you have infinite flexibly and possibilities, it’s unlikely someone else will be able to pick up and continue developing code built by one “specialist” as you grow. Or your extensive customisations may break with a future update to Magento—or the addition of someone else’s customisations.

In addition to the ability to build customs add-ons and integrations, Shopify also has a huge marketplace of third-party apps. The Shopify App Store has a massive collection of high quality apps and services that further enhance Shopify so you can many things that you might have previously had to custom-build—without needing to engage a developer at all.