Prestashop V/S Magento feature comparison – 2020 Update

Tired of incomplete and inconclusive reviews? Read on for a tabular feature list comparing more than 50 features of prestashop and magento to help you choose your next online shop platform.

Below table provides a tabular and up to date feature comparison of the two biggest eCommerce players today, namely Magento and Prestashop.

Below comparison is specifically for Prestashop 1.7 (PS1.7) community edition and Magento 2.3 community edition. I have used a scale of 5(higher is better) for rating lot of features.

At the end of the table, we have provided conclusion regarding which is better for you.

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Feature Prestashop1.7 Magento2.2/2.3 Remarks
Installation 4/5 3/5 Installation of magento is a lot harder than Prestashop.
Technology Stack LAMP,LEMP, Windows LAMP,LEMP,Windows Both support linux and php 7.2+
CPU/Memory 1GB+ 2GB+ Prestashop has a lot lower memory requirements than Magento. Prestashop can run on shared hosting providers but for magento , you should consider a good VPS or dedicated server.
Performance/Speed out of the box 4/5 3/5 Out of th box, prestashop offers a lot faster performance than Magento. However, with better hardware and caching solutions, both can have comparabale speeds.
Market Share 300,000 780,000 Magento has approx 30% of market share in the eCommerce world, while Prestashop has a share of close to 15%.
Number of features 4/5 4.5/5 Magento offers almost all the features needed for running an eCommerce store. Prestashop has significant number of features but lesser than Magento. But any of them provide almost all features needed for running a complete online store.
Ease of Upgrade 4.5/5 2.5/5 Upgrade is one of the biggest problems of Magento based on my experience. Although , Magento offers Command line and web interface but upgrading is a big headache. Often, you will run into compatibilility and other techinical issues while trying to upgrade. Internet is full of complaints and issues facesd by users trying to upgrade Magento installation.
Prestashop on the other hand has a nice web interface which can be used for upgrades and rollbacks.
Availability of extensions/add-ons/modules 4.5/5 4.5/5 Both offer almost all extra features with a third party module(Paid and free). Both have a marketplace with extension listings
Cost of extensions/add-ons Low Medium Prestashop modules in general cost lesser. However, Magento offers lot of functionalities out of the box.
Extension installation 4.5/5 3/5 This is my biggest complaint with Magento. We need to copy modules to Magento backend for being able to install. This means you need to have physical access to server. Although, Magento has a web interface for upgrades, its very slow and ofter causes issues. Doing everything using command line is not very easy for an average user.
Prestashop moduels can be installed from admin directly and is a lot easier.
Out of box customizations 4/5 4.5/5 Magento is real leader when it comes to level of customizations available out of the box
Development of additional features/customizations 4/5 3/5 Both offer lot of hooks for development of external features and customizations. However, external help for magento costs little extra.
Tech support 4.5/5 3.5/5 Both platforms have millions of users providing support for any issues on forums and stackoverflow.
SEO 4.5/5 4.5/5 Both platforms have excellent SEO
Themes 4.5/5 4.5/5 Both plaforms have lot of free and paid themes
Multi-Shop support Yes Yes Setting up different URLs/Domains for multi-shops in Prestashop is a lot easier when rewrite feature is enabled.
Multi-Language Support Yes Yes Support for additional languages is not very straightforward in Magento though
Multi-Currency support Yes Yes  
Search Functionality 4/5 3.5/5 Both offer great customizations when it comes to product searches.
Coupon/Discount features 4/5 4.5/5  
Wish List/Save for later No Yes Disapointing, but PS1.7 dropped default wish list/save for later feature. 
Return management 4/5 4.5/5  
Email Automation 4/5 4/5  
Email template/text management 4.5/5 3/5  
Product management 4.4/5 4.5/5  
Category Management 4.5/5 4.5/5  
Customer Management 4/5 4/5  
Product Comparison out of the box No Yes For some reason, Prestashop dropped this important feature in their default theme. It can be achieved using a compatible theme or plugin.
Secure Yes Yes  
Open Source Yes Yes  
Sales and product analytics Yes Yes  
Payment methods support Yes Yes Both support almost all major payment gateways e.g. PayPal, Credit cards and Cash on Delivery(COD)
Shipping Methods 4/5 3/5 Creating a shiping method in prestashop is a lot easier with different rules but for Magento, a new module needs to be installed for new shipping methods.
Tax Rules 4 4.5/5  
Order Management 4/5 4/5  
Caching Support 4/5 4.5/5 Magento offers excellent support for external caching solutions. Prestashop offers some out of box caching solutions and has a good performance already
Shop Size small to medium small to large In general, prestashop is suitable for small and medium sized shops. Magento can support large and very large enterprize level shops.
Multi-Vendor marketplace(out of the box) No No Both platforms do not have multi-vendor capabilities out of the box, but both offer the solution using third party extensions.
Mass import/export support Yes Yes Both offer mass import and export support for products, customers etc
Third Party integration Yes Yes Both offer third party integration for reporting and other needs but Magento is better in general
Custom Global Variables No Yes  
SSL support Yes Yes  
Layered Navigation/Filtering Yes Yes  
Ajax Layered Navigation Yes No Magento does not offer out of the box AJAX layered navinagion(Applying different filters)
Different features and attributes for product creation 3.5/5 4.5/5 Prestashop offers limited options for creating product attributes
Different feature set for product creation No Yes Magento offers functionality to have different attribute sets for different categories of products and not have a master list of all attributes for all types of products
Cart Rule Management 4/5 4.5/5  
CMS/Extra pages Yes Yes  
Product review and rating Yes Yes  
Support for GST(Goods and Services Tax) India No No Out of the box, both do not offer support for GST India but external modules are available for support
GDPR Compliant Yes Yes  
Responsive Design Yes Yes  
New product creation 4/5 4.5/5  
Mass product update 4/5 4.5/5  
Product Video No Yes  
Product and Cart reports Yes Yes Both offer reports on products e.g. low product quantity or out of stock products and abandoned carts etc
Different roles for users in the admin backend 3.5/5 4.5/5 Magento is far superior if you are planning to have different team members to manage your backend.
Webservices/API integration Yes Yes  

For small shops or business owners, having few thousand products without much technical expertise, Prestashop is definitely a better option, since it can run on lower hardware stack and does not need lot of technical expertise. Prestashop has almost all features you will need for product, customer and order management. When your business grows, you can always migrate to a different platform 

 

However, if you have number of products exceeding few thousands and you can manage/have access to technical expertise, you should go for Magento since it offers comprehensive, robust and enterprise grade features.  But definitely consider a good VPS solution for Magento. I personally like Vultr VPS since it offers exceptional performance for a very reasonable price(starting $2.5 for a 512 MB VPS).

There are also migration solutions available, which can help you migrate from one platform to the other later in case you change your mind.

I have fair bit of experience with technology and based on my experience, I am writing above unpaid and unbiased review. Please note that, statistics are taken from internet and author is not responsible for any difference of opinion, typo or missed feature. 

If you think anything is missing or incorrect, please let me know and I will be happy to update.

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