Shopify vs OpenCart

Posted by Paul on September 13, 2012

What is Shopify?

Shopify is a hosted shopping cart solution that can be set up by almost anyone with basic IT skills and an internet connection. It’s easy to set up and has some well-designed themes. The idea is that everything can be set up and managed through a web browser, right down to the domain name.

What are the pros?

  • Very easy to set up.
  • Simple and easy to use.
  • Customisable design.
  • Payment gateway included.
  • Relatively low fees.
  • Lots of nice themes available.

What are the cons?

  • With simplicity comes inflexibility - unable to change anything other than the design.
  • Lacking of some quite basic features.
  • Not suitable for custom functionality.
  • Not suitable for complex bespoke shops.
Feature Shopify
Setup Cost £0 £0 £0 £0 [1]
Monthly Cost £18 £37 £61 £111 [2]
Yearly Cost £216 £444 £732 £1332 [2]
Fees 2% 1% 1% 0% [4]
Number of Products 100 2,500 10,000 Unlimited Unlimited
Space 1GB 5GB 10GB Unlimited [2]
CMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blog Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Extensions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Downloadable Products Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Discount Codes                     Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Search         Yes
Open Source         Yes
Multi-Language         Yes
Multi-Currency         Yes
Product Reviews         Yes
Product Ratings         Yes
Related Products         Yes
Sub Categories         Yes
Blog Social Sharing         [3]
CMS Sub-Pages         [3]


For simple ecommerce websites that sell a small range of simple products, Shopify is great. For any ecommerce website that requires custom functionality, OpenCart would be a better option.

[1] Setup costs depend on requirements and range from £500-£5000.
[2] Hosting costs depend on traffic and range from £5-£300 per month.
[3] Available with an extension. 
[4] Depends on your payment gateway. 

Shopify Pricing
OpenCart Features

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