PrestaShop vs. WordPress vs. Shopify

PrestaShop or WordPress or Shopify?

Shopify provides hosting, an SSL certificate, a free subdomain, and a free trial to test out the platform.

Why choose Shopify over PrestaShop and WordPress

Feature comparison table between PrestaShop, WordPress, and Shopify

Key features

PrestaShop

WordPress

Shopify

Free trial Yes No Yes
24/7 support No No Yes
Sell online and in-store No No Yes
Business capital No No Yes
Custom domain No Yes Yes
SEO features No No Yes
Hosting No No Yes
Sell worldwide Yes Yes Yes
Multi-currency support Yes No Yes
Mobile-friendly No Yes Yes
Fraud protection No No Yes
Integrated checkout Yes No Yes
Integrated fulfillment network No No Yes
Email marketing tools No No Yes
App Store Yes Yes Yes
Mobile app for merchants No No Yes

7 things Shopify can do vs. PrestaShop and WordPress

Provide hosting

Unlike PrestaShop and WordPress, Shopify provides hosting to merchants on all plans. Since hosting is included, you’ll have a reliable uptime to ensure your site stays up during high volume sales events or high traffic virality. Neither PrestaShop nor WordPress offers hosting to their users, meaning third-party hosting is required.

Include unlimited bandwidth and storage

As Shopify provides hosting to merchants, it’s able to control bandwidth and storage. Shopify offers both unlimited and unmetered bandwidth and unlimited storage to merchants on all plans. That means you’ll be able to download and upload as much data as you need to, to and from your site. WordPress has a 3 GB storage limit. PrestaShop doesn’t control bandwidth and storage limits.

Offer a free trial

Neither PrestaShop nor WordPress offer a free trial to their users. It can be hard to know how the platform works and what your site may look like. At Shopify, you get access to a two-week free trial that allows you to play around with the backend and design your website. You can even use the first two weeks to make your initial sales. After the trial is up, you can decide whether to continue or end your entrepreneurial journey.

Support your business 24/7

PrestaShop provides chat support if the self-support queries don’t help solve your problem. WordPress offers phone support and more, but it’s less straightforward. Shopify provides phone, live chat, email, and social media support. You can also use help docs, webinars, courses, blog posts, and more to learn how to grow your business.

Ensure a secure website

Who offers better security: PrestaShop vs. WordPress? Actually, neither even offers an SSL certificate to ensure that you have a secure website for your visitors and customers. Fortunately, all merchants using Shopify will have an SSL certificate added to their website from day one.

Protect against fraud

While PrestaShop, WordPress, and Shopify all offer fraud prevention. PrestaShop and WordPress use third-party plug-ins or apps to offer it, so you need to manually find a provider and add it yourself. On Shopify, fraud prevention is built in, so you can assess the risk of processing a customer’s order with clear labels: low, medium, and high risk.

Allow sales on Shop app

Neither PrestaShop nor WordPress provide an app for you to manage your orders. Shopify’s Shop app is a shopping assistant that lets you track, pay, and shop better.

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FAQs

What’s the difference between PrestaShop and WordPress?

The difference between PrestaShop and WordPress is that PrestaShop is an ecommerce software whereas WordPress is a content management system. Shopify is also an ecommerce software.

Which provides better hosting: PrestaShop vs. WordPress?

Neither PrestaShop nor WordPress provides hosting. Fortunately, Shopify does. You’ll be able to use Shopify’s hosting when you sign up for a plan, without any additional fees.

Which is better for ecommerce: PrestaShop vs. WordPress?

PrestaShop is an ecommerce software, unlike WordPress, which offers ecommerce through its WooCommerce plug-in. However, if you’re looking to run an online store, consider using Shopify, as it was built to make commerce better for everyone. Shopify provides ecommerce themes, unlimited products, and over 6,000 ecommerce-related apps.

Page last updated: January 24, 2022