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Magento Alternatives: The Complete List For 2020

Anastasia Zhavoronkova
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Is Open Source Ecommerce Right For Your Online Business?

Is your eCommerce website platform chosen years ago is getting outdated? Maybe the customization you made years ago doesn’t integrate as well as it could today. With Magento 1, extensive modification is almost a guarantee that you’re stuck with the store version it was developed for, as such an upgrade will hit your pocket, period.

With Magento 1 sunset, we are realizing the necessity of upgrade and turning our heads to Magento alternatives on the market. Shopify and Bigcommerce and other much-hyped SaaS platforms seem to be the very first choice.

Well, in a sense, shopping cart platform is the suit for your eCommerce business, and if you have outgrown your current php eCommerce store, you should chose your Magento alternative with even a higher degree of responsibility and attention to details.

One of the most important questions for you to answer is if an Open Source eCommerce platform remains the right solution for your online business or it’s time to become a SaaS adept.

6 questions to ask yourself even before you google

Before examining the closest magento competitors, you should answer to this questionnaire. Type the answers to have on file, and you will be able to send the exact list of requirements to the sales reps of eCommerce website platforms you consider.

  1. What are the exact reasons of your leaving Magento? What you hate about it most and, hence, what should under no circumstances be in your Magento alternative?
  2. What eCommerce features do you use in your business processes? Do a complete list of tools like data import, integrations with payment gateways, shipping carriers and accounting software, marketing and SEO tools, integrations with marketplaces like eBay and Amazon, your own bells and whistles that proved to work best for the customers in your niche.
  3. A derivative of the above question, should the new platform allow for unlimited customization of anything and everything or are you ok with somewhat pretty standard?
  4. Is there a technically savvy person in your team or are you a “what-the-hell-MySQL” type of a user and would prefer to outsource all the tech stuff?
  5. How much are you ready to spend yearly? As a Magento user you understand that even in a free open-source platform the expenses occur. Hosting, SSL certificates, domain names, technical support.
  6. Is it critical for you to host the data on your own servers or are you ok with vendor-hosted solutions?

Complete List of Magento Alternatives

Hosted SaaS Platforms – Are They Viable Replacements for Magento?

Below are our short versions of Shopify, Bigcommerce and Volusion reviews. You can also check our 3dCart comparison. These are typical SaaS solutions, that release you from headache related to security and hosting questions. Each is PCI Level 1 certified, the security updates are installed automatically, and it’s the SaaS platform team to resolve hosting issues, if any.

What differentiates them from each other and how do they compare to Magento CE?

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  1. Unfortunately, with all their advantages, SaaS platforms are complete outsiders when it comes to customization. You don’t see a ready made extension – you don’t have the feature.
  2. Another weak point is all kind of limits aimed at encouraging you to pay way more than the cost of the cheapest plan, be it only 2 admin accounts, only 15 products, only 100GB bandwidth or only $50K sales per year.
  3. Transaction fees will piss you off too – this is the third line in your calculation of expenses in addition to static monthly fee you already pay to the eCommerce platform vendor and transaction fees paid directly to payment processors.

On this SaaS background, the open source self-hosted platforms shine bright like a diamond.

Direct Magento Competitors

Here we take a closer look at the following platforms: WooCommercePrestashopOpenCart, and X-Cart, which are all Magento’s direct competitors.

What makes them different from SaaS Alternatives of Magento?

  • They have unlimited customization abilities and you rest assured that the platform vendor is not looking at your data like GMV, products and customers.
  • But you’re to find a good hosting and to keep an eye on security updates – it works the same way as in Magento Community and Magento Enterprise edition.
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Open-source or proprietary license? Don’t get trapped by “free”.

The top free ecommerce platforms WooCommerce, Prestashop and Opencart make their money through selling the extras you’ll most likely need over time, as your eCommerce business grows.

So if you decide to move forward with one of these open source shopping cart platforms, create a list of Magento features you use and check if they are available out of the box or through a paid extension.

Unlike the other Magento Community alternatives, X-Cart does not position itself as a free eCommerce platform. Calculate the cost of, say, all the WooCommerce extensions you will need to buy ($79 – $99 each) in order to build an analog of your current Magento CE-based eCommerce web store project, and the cost of X-Cart will look so much more competitive and cost-effective.

Below are only a few extensions, that cost you extra in WooCommerce. $1086 is the annual cost for the package of selected extensions

WooCommerce extensions
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One page checkout$79/yr
Product reviews Pro$79/yr
Product Tab manager$99/yr
Orders/customers export in CSV$79/yr
Ajax-Enabled Layer Navigation$29/yr
Product recommendations$79/yr
Mailchimp Integration$49/yr
Membership-based access to products$149/yr
Products compare$79/yr
Authorise.Net or any other payment gateway$79/yr
Social login$79/yr
UPS real time rates$79/yr
USPS live rates$79/yr
Shipping tracking$49/yr

1st year subtotal$1086
2nd year subtotal$1086
3rd year subtotal$1086

Paid and Free eCommerce themes and their customization

From the point of view of design templates amount, WooCommerce is an irrevocable leader, as many of the WordPress themes are eCommerce-compatible. There won’t a problem in finding a free Prestashop theme, too. Many of them look dated, many are fresh and juicy. Quantity does not necessarily mean quality, but it does give you freedom of choice. X-Cart offers only one free theme, but it is fully responsive, mobile-ready, sleek, and elegant.

Of course, each of the solutions has a plethora of commercial skins to choose from. But keep in mind is that the top eCommerce websites do not use ready-made design templates.

Theme-wise, each of the top open-source ecommerce solutions we’re looking at are equal from this point of view – they are pretty customizable from A to Z.

Upgradability matters

The last thing the future owners of self-hosted platform ask, when choosing a solution, is about the eCommerce software upgradability. If you tried the customized Magento upgrade once, you will agree that this task is hard. Hard enough not to hurry with another upgrade, delaying it as much as possible.

But you should upgrade the shopping cart platform — at least for the sake of security.

80% of X-Cart 5 users successfully install upgrades. Only 5 – 10% of users of other self-hosted platforms do. That’s all you need to know before you decide to migrate to one of the Magento competitors.

Enterprise Magento Alternatives

If your store is powered by Magento 1 EE, it’s unlikely that you will switch to any of the open-source eCommerce solutions we compared above. Used to a different level of service, with serious eCommerce business unforgiving for mistakes, you will come up with a different list of alternatives to Magento Enterprise solution: Demandware, Shopify Plus, Nopcommerce, X-Cart Enterprise.

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Shopify plus, a SaaS solution, is a worth contentender, as long as you’re not after massive customization, that is not possible. To me, that’s the only Shopify disadvantage, but from the point of view of former Magento user, it may be decisive.

nopCommerce, seems to be a decent alternative to Magento, only if you’re considering to start an online store AND you have .NET background/expertise, but have no PHP experience. But in context of switching from PHP ecommerce platform Magento, with all the server infrastructure being Magento-ready, you will hardly feel comfortable switching to Windows and asp.Net.

Salesforce Commerce Cloud, former Demandware, is built for the top tier of retail, while Magento EE is for a more mass market, even speaking in terms of Enterprise eCommerce. This research, carried out in 2016, shows that they would not even call back if you introduce yourself as a persona with $250 K annually .With $5M a year you’re to pay somewhat around $50K ,with $20M – $200K or so.

I would say that Salesforce Commerce Cloud is the platform of choice for you, in case you have outgrown Magento EE, if you have larger budgets and higher demands, and if you’re searching for a more powerful Magento Enterprise Alternative. The question is where to find that delicate balance between paying exactly for what you need an buying a too oversized package.

X-Cart 5 Enterprise solution seems the be the best Magento alternative, if you don’t firmly believe that Salesforce is the right fit for your online business, 24/7 support, fully managed VPS eCommerce hosting by vendor, top features and full stack of professional services by the vendor. Customizability of a downloadable platform and upgradability of SaaS makes X-Cart a genuine contender for any business leaving Magento.

Besides, if you look at the cost of ownership, you will be surprised to learn that X-Cart checks in at 1/4 of the cost of a similar Magento-based project. This guide shows the real customer project costs, it’s definitely worth checking out.

X-Cart vs Magento Comparison Chart

There’s a comprehensive comparison of Magento 1 vs 2 on a separate page. Since X-Cart has been a winner in our charts above, it makes sense to take a look how all 3 compare to each other.

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To sum it up, when in comes to customization and upgrades, both X-Cart 5 and Magento 2 beat good old Magento 1: they preserve upgradability, giving you unlimited opportunities of adding custom eCommerce themes and extensions.

X-Cart 5 is a less heavyweight ecommerce website platform that gives you powerful enterprise features at only a fraction of Magento Enterprise cost. The other benefits of X-Cart 5 are top 24/7 support and cost effective, not cost-prohibitive hosting by vendor. Released in January 2013, it has already earned the trust of both merchants and developers, and there are numerous showcases, featuring beautiful live stores powered by this Magento competitor.

Magento 2 is a robust basis for an online store that you know will do well. Improved to work with a huge number of items, large numbers of users, huge amounts of activity. At least this is what the Magento team promises. There are still some rumors, hesitations and concerns in the Magento Ecosystem, whether the platform released in 2015 is mature enough. “When will there be a really stable version of Magento 2”, they ask.

No one doubts that Magento 2 will be stable and mature. But the early adopters of Magento 2 are still considered the early adopters.

Join their ranks or migrate to an alternative solution? That’s the Question of Questions for many people like you nowadays. Read why X-Cart is the best eCommerce platform for developers.

Magento 1 vs Magento 2X-Cart Editions

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    Anastasia Zhavoronkova
    Anastasia Zhavoronkova Lead Marketing Coordinator at Seller Labs and X-Cart

    Anastasia has over 8 years of experience in the eCommerce industry. Having been a Customer Care agent in the past, she knows exactly what eCommerce merchants' needs are, and uses her knowledge in Marketing to bring value to the community by sharing her thoughts on relevant topics.

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