WooCommerce or Shopify Which Ecommerce Platform to Choose?
Coke vs. Pepsi, KFC vs. McDonald, DC vs. Marvel, Adidas vs. Nike, there are some fierce rivalries in almost every field of business. When it comes to shopping carts, the biggest rivalry is between WooCommerce and Shopify; two of the most popular and powerful e-commerce platforms, each offering fanatical features and a unique approach to usability which makes it almost impossible to decide which platform is the best.
As a beginner in the industry, choosing between WooCommerce and Shopify may appear to be a daunting task. To be honest, the solution is entirely subjective and depends upon the nature of your business which is why it is essential to take a look at strengths and weaknesses of both solutions before getting along with any of it.
In this article, we are going to analyze the strengths and weaknesses as well as the competitive advantages of two outstanding e-commerce platforms to give you a better picture so that you can make your decision more wisely.
WooCommerce Vs Shopify Overview
WooCommerce is an open source low priced and easy to use solution for building a professional and online Store in just a few clicks. It is downloadable for free and is ideal for small business as there is no coding involved. Flexible, easy to use, easy to maintain, support various payment gateways and thanks to extensions like WooCommerce product add-ons you can add a variety of product options.
Shopify, on the other hand, is the hosted solution. Like WooCommerce Shopify is also designed in a way that no coding is required to establish the store; however, a little knowledge of HTML and CSS can undoubtedly help you accentuate your store from thousands of other stores using Shopify. The best thing about Shopify is that you don’t have to face issues like PCI compliance or finding a hosting server.
Owing to a subscription-based service, Shopify user has a slight edge over WooCommerce as it doesn’t require you to get a hosting and install software. Whereas, the WooCommerce user has to follow a series of steps that can be a bit frustrating, i.e. find a reliable e-commerce hosting, install WordPress on it and then install WooCommerce plugin.
Designs and Themes
The design of WooCommerce depends on the WordPress theme you install. There are dozens of free as well as premium WordPress themes available at the marketplace that provides a seamless experience along with a great looking design.
Shopify has its own official Shopify theme store where more than 100 beautiful themes are available. 9 of them are free whereas the rest of them range from 140-180$.
Loading speed plays an important role in the success of a website. Shopify has dedicated servers that offer its webmaster’s rapid loading pages. Whereas; the speed of a WooCommerce store entirely depends upon the web hosting service you choose.
Shopify has deployed a dedicated support team for its customers and you can contact them 24/7.WooCommerce users mostly rely on the community, however, WooCommerce community is very active and helping.
WooCommerce is a low budget solution and cost-effective as a setup cost for the first month is approximately 24$ which makes it an excellent choice for startups and small businesses.
Shopify is an expensive solution and the setup for the first month is 42$ as is suitable for enterprise-level solutions.
It’s a tough call obviously like I said it depends upon the nature and scope of your business. If you are a beginner, I would suggest you to go for WooCommerce. If your startup has a bigger scope then I would recommend you to consider Shopify.
Paul Simmons has ten years of experience in developing eCommerce extensions. He works for “ FMEAddons ”, a web design company provides eCommerce solutions and services.