Explosive growth of Shopify or Death of Drupal?
Today, 73% of all online stores just run on three platforms: Magento, Woocommerce, and Shopify. No matter, Drupal being the second most-used open source website content management system. But still, the analysis shows that Drupal appears nowhere even once.
Shopify is the leading e-commerce solution – an amazing tool that helps you build high-performance E-Commerce websites within hours. When we look back at past few years we realize that Shopify has enjoyed the explosive growth, which is a vivid sign of assurance that Shopify isn’t going anywhere. Shopify saves our clients with simpler needs time and money and speeds up their time-to-market by orders of magnitude over traditional commerce systems. Interestingly, Shopify recently launched a new enterprise platform called Shopify Plus targeted at high-traffic enterprise stores. They clearly aspire to break out of the low-end market.
Differences between Drupal and Shopify
Shopify is a complete e-commerce solution that allows you to set up an online store to sell your goods. It lets you organize your products, customize your storefront, accept credit card payments, track and respond to orders — all with a few clicks of the mouse. It is a cost-effective, compelling commerce platform for clients with modest annual revenue or for teams that don’t need custom integrations with other systems.
Drupal has emerged as a powerful PHP-based open source content management system. This user-friendly platform has millions of worldwide user base across many industry verticals. It helps better publish, manage and update website content. Whether you want a personal blog or an enterprise-grade website, Drupal delivers!
Drupal is a highly secure and scalable framework that is easy to use. It has numerous features and add-ons that further improve its functionality. This open source framework does not require any license and you can simply plug-in and get started. Drupal has the right combination of power, flexibility and is great as a development platform. Also, it offers the best custom theme development features in the industry.
User Experience: When it comes to user experience Shopify is ahead of the game as for Shopify it is 2% to 3 % more than that of Drupal.
Serving needs of a low-end market: Here, also Shopify earns more points as It’s in heavy growth and market adoption phase.
Overall Comparison Score for Drupal and Shopify: If we give Shopify and Drupal overall Score out of 10 then for Shopify it will be 9.8 and Drupal it will be 8.0.
Some of the Challenges that one faces with Drupal:
Abandoned Modules: The major problem with Drupal is that modules that get replaced by an entirely different approach which really sucks. In the early days of Drupal, most site buildings were done by people programming custom modules on top of the Form API and the various other parts of the Drupal internals. Enough of these were generalized and shared back to the community that the next phase was characterized by thousands of single-purpose modules — install exactly what you need for each feature you want to provide, and perhaps need over a hundred on your site.
Now the number of modules you need is getting far less — we have a more general purpose, extremely powerful modules like Views, Rules, Display Suite, Features, and Context. As a result, the single-purpose modules are becoming obsolete, and developers pretty much abandon them.
Media Management and Modules: The most obvious problem Drupal face is the lack of Media management in Drupal’s core. Media Manager is absent, so mastering videos, pictures and other media files in poor to say the least. Because of that, many users prefer WordPress and other E-Commerce platforms, because they are tired of uploading the same image again and again.
Drupal Community: One of the main problems is that Drupal users are not as active in the community as they should be. This in activeness slow downs the problem-solving process for the Drupal experts.
Efficiency: The major reason for Drupal’s inefficiency is Caching. Caching is how it gets around the memory hogging problem and lets your site load quickly but it also means that sometimes things don’t get refreshed when they should be.
What charms Shopify?
- Everything works great together for Shopify. Here, is where all the beauty lies
- N-number of Payment Gateways
- User-friendly and simple to use as you can get your website ready few clicks of mouse
- For Shopify, there is good amount of Professional Support and Easy Backend Administration
- There is option of lot many built-in tools like a blog, coupon codes, upsells, cross-sells, analytics and many more
SaaS is the Future!
Drupal is still alive but SaaS platforms like Shopify and BigCommerce are built in an orderly fashion that caters to the needs of the majority of the users. They define a generalized structure for their system. One way it is good, we can have a stable and robust system.
From all the above points maximum votes are in favor of Shopify as it caters the needs of the low-end market.