eCommerce Integration with Smart-IT Comparison Guide

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Smart-IT can now integrate with multiple eCommerce Platforms.
The following platforms are currently being supported by Smart-IT.
Prestashop, WooCommerce, and Shopify.

The table below is a summary of the integrations with Smart-IT and WooCommerce / Shopify / Prestashop. This can assist you in the decision-making when considering a new webshop.


Last updated 2023/09/19

Syncing functions between Smart-IT and the eCommerce Platforms.

Function Description Woo Commerce Shopify

Presta shop


Stock available Yes Yes Yes
Item Description Yes No Yes
Product Page URL No No Yes
Memo / Long Description Yes No Yes
Images Yes No Yes
Meta Title No No Yes
Meta Description No No Yes
Tags No No Yes
Pricing Yes Yes Yes
Discount Item Setup Yes Yes Yes
Shipping Item Setup Yes Yes Yes
Stock Groups Yes
No Yes
Stock Groups Images No
No Yes
Web Master Items Yes
No Yes
Specific Pricelist Export Yes
No Yes
Compare Price Levels

To Compare your selling price

with a competitor’s price

Yes No


Import Yes Yes Yes
Update Sales Order Status Yes No Yes
Custom Messages for Out of Stock Items No No Yes


Import (only that have placed order) Yes Yes Yes
Update/Export Customer Group No No Yes


Manual / Auto Sync Yes Yes Yes


Once-off costs R 3500 R 3500 R4000
Monthly Costs without Hosting R200 R200 R200


Please note: Prestashop, WooCommerce & Shopify have their own monthly fees and once-off fees.

All Prices are displayed as VAT exclusive.

Additionally, you will need at minimum the Smart-IT Base as well as the Smart-IT Sales Order Module.

WooCommerce Pros vs. Cons

Pros for WooCommerce:

  • Can be added to a WordPress website
  • Easy to find affordable local designers
  • User-friendly control panel
  • Themes and Modules readily available
  • Excellent integration with Smart-IT but can also be used more manually if desired.

Cons for WooCommerce:

  • Prestashop has some fields that WooCommerce does not example: Custom Messages for Out of Stock Items.

Specific Plugin Support for Stock Locations

Stock Locations for WooCommerce

Please click here to download the Setup guide for WooCommerce

Shopify Pros vs. Cons

Pros for Shopify:

  • No need to worry about hosting or version upgrades
  • Extensive (paid) modules and themes
  • User-friendly control panel
  • Can be incorporated with a WordPress website with a plugin

Cons for Shopify:

  • Shopify is not fully integrated with Smart-IT. This means that you would have to do some of the work twice. I.E. you would need to create the item directly in the control panel of your website and then again in Smart-IT.
  • Certain things can be impossible to change
  • Limited category levels
  • More expensive generally

Prestashop Pros vs. Cons


  • Prestashop is fully integrated with Smart-IT making it much easier to manage your website.
    You only have to update changes in Smart-IT and it will automatically update on your webshop.
    I.E Changes to Item descriptions, images, price updates, specials, stock groups
  • Flexible – a web designer can change almost anything
  • Themes and modules available


  • Prestashop gives you more control and options so it can be less user-friendly.
  • Smart-IT takes total control so any changes HAS TO BE made to Smart-IT
  • Add-ons and themes can be expensive
  • Less well-known to local web developers