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Magento vs. MedusaJS: Pros and cons of two of the most popular open source ecom platforms

Magento

  • Facts: PHP-based; Released in 2008; 10k GH stars; Link
  • ++ One of the most comprehensive platforms to work with giving a lot of good out-of-the-box tools to work with
  • ++ Allows for a lot of customization options to its core, theme and admin dashboard (e.g. developers classes and files from the core in a custom module etc.)
  • ++ Strong community supporting it and well battle-tested and deployed across multiple larger enterprises
  • ++ Hosted platform available with good support options
  • Difficult to get started with due to its complexity (even after 3 years of working with it)
  • Requires a lot of maintenance as companies scale with it
  • Updates (almost) always lead to a hazzle when custom functionality has been built

MedusaJS

  • Facts: JS-based; Released in 2021; 13k GH stars; Link
  • ++ MedusaJS is optimized for the developer experience and is very easy to get started with
  • ++ Its composable architecture, both developers and merchants have flexibility with third-party tools and customizations are very seamless to make
  • ++ Provides many of the advanced out-of-the-box features that you need on the backend (e.g. automated RMA flows, multi-currency and region support, product variant and gift cards etc.)
  • ++ Very active and growing community to support it
  • Not as many out-of-the-box integrations available as the framework is newer
  • No themes (aside from a starter) to choose from on the frontend as it is a native headless platform
  • Self-hosting is required

Full disclaimer: the comparison is developed by someone currently working at the core team of Medusa but the person has +3 years of experience from Magento. Curious to hear your takes on the two platforms and how they compare if you have had a chance to look into both.

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