Magento is self-hosted
The first and biggest difference between Magento and Shopify is the fact that Shopify is fully hosted, while Magento is self-hosted. Of course, there are a lot of benefits to using a fully hosted platform, like not having to worry about the maintenance, but this also come with a lot of limitations. Working with Magento means that you will have to take care of your own maintenance, security, updates and so on, and although this requires a bit of extra work, it is definitely worth it, which is something we will touch on in a little bit. A perk of choosing your own hosting is that you will be able to choose the price that fits you best, and since getting the software for Magento is free, it means that the overall costs can end up being smaller than even Shopify’s costs.