Magento 2 vs osCommerce

- Magento 2

Why Magento 2 is better than osCommerce

Magento and osCommerce are widely used by all possible merchants to run online retail. Both platforms come with numerous features allowing store owners maintain their ecommerce websites with minimum effort. But what about Magento 2? The new version of the platform offers much more features than its predecessor, so it should have more competitive advantages in comparison with osCommerce. Learn details in the following blog post.

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Even the original platform is pretty new compared to osCommerce; as for Magento 2, its developers go further to improve ecommerce experience with new features. Therefore, osCommerce offers less opportunities when it comes to various customizations, improvements, and changes.

Both platforms are open source, so you can easily install and use them for free, but Magento also offers a paid plan with some supporting features. Fortunately, you can easily get all these features with the help of extensions, especially if you are using Magento 1.x. In case of Magento 2, the ecosystem of modules is still small, but it is constantly growing. Considering much wider ecommerce potential, we believe that it will provide better opportunities for turning Community Edition websites into Enterprise-level stores. Therefore, Magento 2 will be a good option for people who are running a big scale business, but don’t want to pay for expensive software. At the same time, the new version is optimized for the needs of the smallest online enterprises with the lowest budget.

Due to the complexity of Magento 2, the platform is resource-hungry and requires a lot of storage space as well as a good hosting plan. Thus, online store owners (especially those running big businesses) have to rely on reputed VPS hosting companies. On the other hand, osCommerce provides less strict requirements and offers some hosting providers right on its website.

As mentioned above, Magento 2 is a complex and feature-rich ecommerce solution, so it gives users the ability to customize their online storefronts according to their preference. As a result, a team of developers is required to set up a website, but you can always rely on a wide community and a plethora of learning materials. For instance, our team has created a book about turning a Community Edition store into an Enterprise-level solution without any advanced technical knowledge. The book is about Magento 1.x, but we are going to create another tutorial dedicated to the new version of the platform.

On the contrary, osCommerce is extremely user-friendly out-of-the-box, so you don’t need neither expensive developers, nor third party manuals to master the platform, but you get significantly reduced ecommerce opportunities in comparison with Magento 2, such as multiple stores, for instance.

Magento 2 allows to establish several stores with different approaches, strategies, and languages. In case of osCommerce, you are tied to a single store. The same is about payment gateways: while Magento 2 supports almost all payment methods, osCommerce offers only a few options.


You can run a small business without any hassle on both platforms, but Magento 2 features leads to better ecommerce opportunities. Not every online merchant needs all of them, but in case when you can use both platforms for free,  Magento 2 outperforms osCommerce due to wider potential. As for large ecommerce stores, osCommerce doesn’t have any chances to withstand Magento 2.