For a long time, our only platform of choice was Magento, and for a number of reasons: open source, extensibility, and ecosystem. This gave our clients a great starting point, security and lots of options. But, a new generation of eCommerce platforms has matured, and we at Inchoo are excited with the possibilities they open. Magento and Sylius have different strategic focus with a specific niche to fill. That’s why choosing the right platform is a very important first step in building your online business – if you get it right, the creative process will be more efficient, and you will be in a better position to grow your business. Here is a simple comparison table that shows good matches, strengths and weaknesses you can expect for each platform.

Platform comparison:

SYLIUS MAGENTO
Who is it for?
  • Small, simple stores
  • Highly customized online stores where shopping experience is very different than Magento flow
  • Most of the B2C online stores
  • But also a number of other matches with 3rd party extensions
Strengths
  • Decoupled eCommerce framework for building highly custom projects
  • Completely free (MIT license)
  • Faster build time for small projects
  • High number of B2C built-in functionalities
  • Even more functionalities in Magento Commerce
  • Huge 3rd party extension choice
  • Big development community
Weaknesses
  • lower number of out-of-the-box functionalities compared to Magento
  • May be overkill for small online stores
  • Requires powerful hosting setup
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SYLIUS
Who is it for?
  • Small, simple stores
  • Highly customized online stores where shopping experience is very different than Magento flow
Strengths
  • Decoupled eCommerce framework for building highly custom projects
  • Completely free (MIT license)
  • Faster build time for small projects
Weaknesses
  • lower number of out-of-the-box functionalities compared to Magento
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MAGENTO
Who is it for?
  • Most of the B2C online stores
  • But also a number of other matches with 3rd party extensions
Strengths
  • High number of B2C built-in functionalities
  • Even more functionalities in Enterprise Edition
  • Huge 3rd party extension choice
  • Big development community
Weaknesses
  • May be overkill for small online stores
  • Requires powerful hosting setup
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While you can probably build anything on each of these platforms due to their extensibility, choosing wisely can mean a big difference in time and cost to get there.