nopCommerce vs. Shopify

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
nopCommerce
Score 10.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
nopCommerce is an open-source eCommerce solution that is iASP.NET (MVC) based with a MS SQL 2008 (or higher) backend database. The vendor says their shopping cart solution is uniquely suited for merchants that have outgrown existing systems.N/A
Shopify
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Shopify is a commerce platform designed for both online stores and retail locations. Shopify offers a professional online storefront, a payment solution to accept credit cards, and the Shopify POS application to power retail sales.
$29
per month
Pricing
nopCommerceShopify
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Shopify Lite
$9
per month
Basic Shopify
$29
per month
Shopify
$79
per month
Advanced Shopify
$299
per month
Shopify Plus
2,000
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
nopCommerceShopify
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsIt's an open-source and free product
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
nopCommerceShopify
Considered Both Products
nopCommerce
Chose nopCommerce
nopCommerce gives us the flexibility to create solutions for our customers that can grow as their business grows. You'll never feel boxed in. The core nopCommerce solution comes with a solid selection of shipping and payment providers, and has a marketplace for a host of …
Chose nopCommerce
NopCommerce offers you more flexibility where it comes to customization and scaling your application. The customization and extension is easy as well as the theme and plugin structure adds a large value to the overall system.
The API's introduced by nopCommerce makes it more …
Shopify

No answer on this topic

Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
nopCommerceShopify
Online Storefront
Comparison of Online Storefront features of Product A and Product B
nopCommerce
8.7
10 Ratings
12% above category average
Shopify
7.3
131 Ratings
5% below category average
Product catalog & listings9.110 Ratings8.6131 Ratings
Product management9.110 Ratings7.1129 Ratings
Bulk product upload7.79 Ratings7.6110 Ratings
Branding9.110 Ratings8.4130 Ratings
Mobile storefront9.110 Ratings7.4126 Ratings
Product variations9.19 Ratings6.2123 Ratings
Website integration9.19 Ratings9.3124 Ratings
Visual customization9.19 Ratings7.5129 Ratings
CMS6.89 Ratings4.1105 Ratings
Online Shopping Cart
Comparison of Online Shopping Cart features of Product A and Product B
nopCommerce
8.2
10 Ratings
8% above category average
Shopify
8.1
125 Ratings
6% above category average
Abandoned cart recovery8.29 Ratings7.6116 Ratings
Checkout user experience8.110 Ratings8.6123 Ratings
Online Payment System
Comparison of Online Payment System features of Product A and Product B
nopCommerce
9.1
10 Ratings
9% above category average
Shopify
9.1
127 Ratings
9% above category average
eCommerce security9.110 Ratings9.1127 Ratings
eCommerce Marketing
Comparison of eCommerce Marketing features of Product A and Product B
nopCommerce
8.0
10 Ratings
6% above category average
Shopify
8.1
129 Ratings
8% above category average
Promotions & discounts9.19 Ratings7.2124 Ratings
Personalized recommendations6.49 Ratings8.432 Ratings
SEO8.610 Ratings8.6120 Ratings
eCommerce Business Management
Comparison of eCommerce Business Management features of Product A and Product B
nopCommerce
8.8
10 Ratings
12% above category average
Shopify
8.0
130 Ratings
2% above category average
Multi-site management8.78 Ratings6.719 Ratings
Order processing9.110 Ratings9.2128 Ratings
Inventory management8.29 Ratings8.8127 Ratings
Shipping9.19 Ratings8.1120 Ratings
Custom functionality9.19 Ratings7.1120 Ratings
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Score 10.0 out of 10
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Score 10.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
IBM Digital Commerce
IBM Digital Commerce
Score 9.0 out of 10
IBM Digital Commerce
IBM Digital Commerce
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM Digital Commerce
IBM Digital Commerce
Score 9.0 out of 10
IBM Digital Commerce
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
nopCommerceShopify
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(10 ratings)
9.0
(144 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.2
(15 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
nopCommerceShopify
Likelihood to Recommend
Nop Solutions, Ltd.
nopCommerce is an ideal solution for businesses that want to tailor the customer journey for discovering and purchasing products. The nopCommerce solution is designed to adapt to you, not the other way around. The platform works best when you partner with a solution provider like ourselves. It also works well if you have a team of in-house .NET developers. A one-person shop will likely find less value in a platform like this if they're looking to spin up a small ecommerce site with just a few button clicks.
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Shopify
Shopify is a great platform for small to medium-sized businesses looking to set up an online store. It's easy to use, offers a wide range of features and integrations, and is perfect for businesses in the retail and food industry. However, large enterprise businesses with complex and custom needs may find Shopify less suitable.
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Pros
Nop Solutions, Ltd.
  • As I came from Microsoft .Net technical experience with more than 15 years in IT industry, the nopCommerce .Net based open sourced framework is the best eCommerce framework in terms of architectural perspective - such as incorporating with Entity Framework code first approach, Domain Driven Architecture, using ASP.Net MVC, Unit Testing, ...etc.
  • When my client asked for an eCommerce portal, the whole team was struggling from designing a database to identifying the requirements. nopCommerce has everything we need. All the industrial standard eCommerce features are included. It saves hours of database design, application design and also the client's requirements are easily fit into nopCommerce's features.
  • The cost of nopCommerce- the last time we paid was a $200 one time cost for using the production site. It was ridiculously cost effective. As it is opened source, the whole community is supporting and constantly making this framework better and better.
  • I set up a web site within a week using nopCommerce to sell my own products online. It was so easy to use, deploy, and set up.
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Shopify
  • It is definitely easy to set up and get going. This does not take a lot of work or effort on the user end, especially if using templates.
  • Low code platform. You can. make customizations without code.
  • The integrations are diverse and increase functionality.
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Cons
Nop Solutions, Ltd.
  • More community templates would be great.
  • Some of the pricing can be a bit tricky, especially configured items... there is a likelihood of mispriced items with the current structure
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Shopify
  • The main drawback that I am facing in Shopify for a long time is that their sales analytics system is not up to mark. As I am using Shopify to run different stores for my organization it does not get updated after-sales and does not provide the right analytics about the product strength and number of sales.
  • Secondly, Shopify has different apps which are best to run the store on max strength but they are very much costly like inventory management, generating multiple discount codes, and more robust customizable editing.
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Likelihood to Renew
Nop Solutions, Ltd.
No answers on this topic
Shopify
Nothing we have used in the past or have seen thus far even comes close to offering what we get with Shopify Plus, especially for the price. You cannot even come close to getting what we are getting at the price we pay. We are beyond thrilled and Shopify Plus meets and exceeds all of our needs and expectations. We love it!
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Usability
Nop Solutions, Ltd.
No answers on this topic
Shopify
I think most people are able to suer Shopify that have used a computer. There are some features that take a bit longer to learn. If you are not a creative person it may be a bit more difficult to learn the website customization, but with a help guide or tutorial it will only take a few tries to understand how to work the interface
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Support Rating
Nop Solutions, Ltd.
I have asked numerous questions and the team treats my random questions as if they are critical to the continued success of their product. They really take each users' questions to heart and strive to solve them. I cannot commend them enough on how fast they respond to questions as well as the follow-through given to things thay may or may not even be a part of their platform.
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Shopify
In terms of support I give Shopify a 9 out of 10 because they're always very friendly and thorough, and they personally can't solve my problem for me they always point me in the proper direction with the proper information I need to move forward
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Implementation Rating
Nop Solutions, Ltd.
Go for a plugin based development if you would like to extend nopCommerce. This approach will make it easier for you to upgrade the software.
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Shopify
Just start now and make the switch, the sooner the better. You will love it and it is really a simple process
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Alternatives Considered
Nop Solutions, Ltd.
NopCommerce offers you more flexibility where it comes to customization and scaling your application. The customization and extension is easy as well as the theme and plugin structure adds a large value to the overall system. The API's introduced by nopCommerce makes it more efficient when it comes to integrations and developing a mobile application on top of your eCommerce platform. The customer owns 100% of the source code without any extra fee.
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Shopify
The old platform that I used could not help us to meet our requirements. It was not helping us properly, then I got to know about Shopify and started using it. After 1 month [of] usage of Shopify we could understand that this is the best platform [for E-commerce] to make better sales and goodwill. Shopify helped us to get a proper idea of the analytics of the website. Shopify [supports] most of the [applications] and helps us to make better results.
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Return on Investment
Nop Solutions, Ltd.
  • It has been our sole platform for developing online stores for the last 9 years and our business have been growing year to year.
  • The disadvantage of nopCommerce is that it is not as well known as other competitors, which makes it more difficult to sell.
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Shopify
  • It got the store up quickly so the client could start selling. She was previously selling products on Etsy and Facebook and wanted to consolidate everything onto one website, so the main thing Shopify solved was to reduce the store owner's time in managing all her products on multiple sites. Also, we had previously built a website on Wix with all the custom functionality and branding she needed - a truly great, high-end website - but it performed so slowly that it was unusable. So the speed at which Shopify can be set up and then works on the page is appreciable.
  • The website was manageable by the client - she could figure the system out herself after a while so she saved money on costs for hiring developers. She did have to hire developers to customize some of the plug-ins but costs are all relative; it wasn't a high investment compared to building a full e-commerce website. With the complexity and size of her product base and the functionality and branding she wanted to have in a website, and the potential of her business, she would have needed to invest well over $10,000 to get to where she really needs to be. In the end she kept the budget under $5000.00.
  • Costs kept climbing with plug-ins having to be added with everything. My client became more involved in building the website and began to try multiple plugins, and she did not have the skill base to evaluate the plugins functionalities so she chose plugins that did not do everything she needed, and then ended up paying the plugin developers to customize the plugins. So on one hand, it's pretty amazing to be able to bring up an e-commerce website as quickly as a week or so, but on the other hand if you need anything customized or deeper functionality in regards to product searching and filtering on the web page, and management on the backend, it quickly goes beyond the skills of the average person to manage, and above their expected budget as well. In the end my client really did not get anything close to the functionality for the website we had originally envisioned.
  • Shopify was the easiest way we could find to bring the client's products to a global market. We evaluated several other platforms and the functionality simple did not seem to be adequate, so Shopify seemed like the only solution that could do enough of what we needed and still stay within this client's budget. Really the problem in this project was not platform per se but that the budget wasn't large enough. Shopify managed to provide a solution for an ecommerce store with thousands of products on a tiny budget, so in the sense of pure functionality it provided the best value of all the platforms we evaluated. The solution still isn't big enough for this client's business though so, without having insights into this client's post-build sales results, my guess is that because her new website did not make her products easier to sort through, and she likely didn't have much more budget left to invest in SEO and other marketing of the website, her sales probably didn't increase substantially as a result of having built the website. So I think this project all in all did not likely have a high ROI.
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