Magento and WordPress have been rivals right from the times they made entry into eCommerce. WordPress supports MySQL and PHP whereas Magento makes use of MySQL, PHP, and Zend framework. Magento also utilizes model-view-controller and entity-attributes-value model to store in database. While WordPress has gained popularity as one of the best blogging platforms, Magento, an open source cross platform, has stood out from the crowd and is recognized as a premium CMS platform for eCommerce websites. WordPress and Magento are SEO friendly and also have huge user base.
Magento offers breakthrough features as well as control to manage the online stores. Magento users can avail of a number of shopping cart plugins as well as payment options. Users can avail of different forms of eCommerce plugins present at the Magento Admin panel. These plugins include shipping option, inventory, payment integration, and others. Magento is trusted for secure payment integration. Enabling users with flexible customization and simple management, Magento has won accolades for being the most preferred eCommerce platform.
Essentially, Magento is Classified into Three Main Parts
Magento Community Version: This is Magento’s open source version. Considered as the most effective eCommerce tool, this version can be used by developers to include functionalities, plugins and modules which are improved on regular basis. As it is open source, entire developer community (who use this CMS tool) has benefitted.
Magento Enterprise Version: Magento Enterprise version is not available at zero cost. Its aim is to focus on enterprises that prefer their ecommerce sites to be created by a third party. As this version lets professionals create sites for third party, it offers some added extensions and plugins. An annual maintenance fee is charged by Magento for the interaction between the company wanting to create eCommerce site and the third party developer.
Magento GO: This Magento version comes with least customizable features. Functioning from a cloud base, it facilitates web hosting. Owing to its inflexible nature it is not as popular as the previous two versions. The Magento Go version is chiefly used by small enterprises and functions directly through the cloud. Magento Go will soon be shut down by Magento in the first quarter of 2015, according to some news sources.
Magento possesses a complex structure than WordPress. A WordPress developer, looking to work on Magento, might find it tough to understand Magento’s features and functionalities. However, once familiarized with the programs, he or she can attain deeper understanding of it. Magento’s static blocks help control the design and elements present in a theme. They also differentiate the images and like files from contents to facilitate easy editing. Static blocks are akin to widgets in WordPress. While widgets have to be registered, CMS static blocks can be used prior to being registered.
On the other hand for a template, the theme’s XML files need to be registered. Some codes that have to be manually added in WordPress are already there in Magento without any manual adding. This saves a great deal of time for Magento developers.
WordPress is confined to few PHP files whereas Magento is spread over a number of files and folders. This leaves lot of room for choice for developers.
Viewing the benefits Magento has over WordPress, one can say that going for Magento would be a more viable and logical option. It offers a number of plugins and modules that make it user friendly. These powerful features will enhance your website experience and usher in more growth for your business.
Michael Waugh belongs to magento development company Potenza Global Solutions. Michael is currently obsessed with all the latest eCommerce site design and development technologies. Follow him on Facebook