Magento vs. Prestashop: Which One To Choose?

Since its development in 2008 by American company Varien, open source CMS Magento has become the world’s leading e-commerce platform. However, he doesn’t have the monopoly on the market: he is followed closely by PrestaShop, an open source CMS created in 2007 by five French students which is the leading e-commerce platform in France. Online merchants often find it hard to choose between these two robust, reliable and scalable platforms. Here are a few comparison points to help you determine which one is best suited for your project.

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Magento is the ideal choice if you are looking for a tool which can manage voluminous product catalogs and withstand high traffic: it can handle an unlimited number of products and can process more than 80,000 orders per hour–as long as you use the appropriate hosting plan. However, if you choose to use Magento 1, note that you will most probably encounter slowness issues. This is not the case for Magento 2 which comes with a built-in full page cache component and Varnish support.

Functional richness

With more than 310 built-in features, PrestaShop is complete enough to enable you to create and handle an e-commerce efficiently. The features offered notably include catalog, orders and clients management as well as multistore, statistics, marketing and SEO functionalities. If your online store requires a higher degree of customization, note that more than 5,000 addons are available for purchase on PrestaShop’s marketplace. To this day, PrestaShop is available in 65 languages.


As regards the installation process, Magento and PrestaShop have nothing to envy each other: it is easy and quick in both cases. Their accessibility is what really makes the difference.


Support from the community is essential to ensure the sustainability of an e-commerce platform. By doing regular updates and corrections, users provide constant technical support for fast troubleshooting.


Good news for those with a small budget: PrestaShop and Magento both have a free edition. Magento also has an Enterprise edition which costs around 15,500$ and adds a few extra features as well as support from expert Magento consultants, but many big businesses settle for the free Community version and are perfectly happy with it.

Anjali Punjab

Anjali Punjab is a freelance writer, blogger, and ghostwriter who develops high-quality content for businesses. She is also a HubSpot Inbound Marketing Certified and Google Analytics Qualified Professional.