WordPress vs magento: which is better for my website

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

If you are thinking about opening up a new e-commerce site – or if you are advising someone who is thinking about it – you are going to be faced with a key decision from the very first moments: Will you use WordPress or Magento?

There’s no one set answer, of course, but there are a few basic things to keep in mind.

Underpinnings of WordPress and Magento

While both platforms have similar functionality now, it’s important to keep in mind the background. WordPress, created by Matt Mullenweg, is a blogging platform. It’s a hugely popular platform, and by some estimates is now the single largest platform for content creation. That is to say that more blog posts are written on WordPress sites than any other platform, especially when you combine the similar – but distinct – WordPress.org and WordPress.com platforms.

With a huge base, WordPress has created a marketplace for creating plug-ins. Many of those plug-ins enable people to turn a blog into an e-commerce site.

Magento, on the other hand, was an e-commerce site first. It started as open source software that was relatively easy to launch and quickly grew to a point that there’s actually more money spent on Magento-run sites around the world than is spent on Amazon. That’s certainly part of why eBay bought Magento.

Analogous to WordPress being a blogging platform that moved into e-commerce, Magento is an e-commerce platform that added blogging as a plug-in.

Which platform is best?

Of course, there’s never a perfect solution for any problem, but understanding the background of the two platforms may help make the decision.

Is this site that you (or your client) wants to set up going to be strictly an e-commerce play, perhaps with a blog attached just to help with visibility, SEO and customer engagement?

Or is it more of a content play? Is it going to be a collection of writers, posts and customer interactions with an element related to that hoping to sell goods that are directly tied to the content that’s created?

With a pure e-commerce site, Magento (with the backing of eBay and PayPal) may be the best answer. If it’s more of a content play then WordPress may be the way to go.

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