What is WooCommerce?
WooCommerce is a WordPress ecommerce plugin that allows you to sell your products online.
It simplifies the process of setting up and maintaining an online store.
The most cost-effective method of launching an eCommerce store.
WooCommerce is a premier shopping cart component for the WordPress platform.
It has been downloaded more than 2 million times to date.
Among retailers who are already familiar with the WordPress platform, it is particularly popular.
It's well-known for its ease of use, lack of transaction fees, and customization options, among other features.
What is Shopify?
Shopify is a full-service eCommerce platform that includes, among other things, hosting, security, and design templates.
In 2021, Shopify is used by over 2.4 million active websites using Shopify. (Source: popupsmart)
There are currently 4.5 million live websites using WooCommerce. (Source: BuiltWith)
WooCommerce is open source and free, whereas Shopify is not:
Shopify is well-known for its user-friendly interface, excellent customer service, and strong security.
These features are included in the entry-level monthly package.
However, it can become quite costly.
The Package consists of a monthly pricing plan as well as transaction fees, which start at $49.00 (ZAR 780.00) including the retail Retail Package, depending on the plan you choose.
These expenses add up:
And, despite the fact that Shopify is a turnkey, ready-to-use web solution.
Many of its features are addons, such as:
Website and blog
Abandoned cart recovery
Advanced report builder
Real-time carrier shipping
Conclusion: WooCommerce vs. Shopify
WooCommerce is free, save for the fees from your hosting provider. If profits are a primary concern for a business owner, Woocommerce would be the way to go.
WooCommerce has advanced customization add-ons. From the front-end user experience, to the design, and to the back-end administrative tools, you will have complete and utter control of the look and feel of the online store. Shopify, though good, is not nearly as flexible as you would like, nor is it as powerful for you to handle high-end features.
WooCommerce was created by WooThemes, a company that is known for its creative layouts (look and feel) and vast number of extensions.
With Shopify, you would need to pay monthly and transaction fees to use its service. Shopify has more monthly paid application software available, but the number of plugins that WooCommerce has outnumbers those of Shopify’s application software.
Many of these extensions, some of which come as standard on Shopify, will be free because WordPress is an open source project, but there are also many advanced add-on apps that are inexpensive and can be bought once off.
Shopify is relatively easy for a new user to use, but it is limited in comparison to what's available with WooCommerce. Many of the features are available on WooCommerce due to the huge number of plugins.
Shopify uses a proprietary programming language that is used exclusively with Shopify. WooCommerce uses PHP and HTML, which is common among web developers. Shopify makes it harder to customise the appearance and experience of the online store.
WooCommerce, on the other hand, makes it easy for developers to customise the look and experience of the online store.
Shopify cannot be used as a blogging platform, although they have an add-on that you need to pay for blog posts. Your WooCommerce blog is better organised and archives posts better, giving you a better chance of making a splash with your content creation techniques.
If you understand the value that Google places on content and blogging, you’ll choose WooCommerce. WordPress is currently the world's best blogging platform. A robust blogging platform will enable you to stay ahead of the competition.
With its out-of-the-box ease of use, Shopify is a nice option for a small startup. Woocommerce has more custom 3rd party plugins that will address areas like online bookings, subscription membership, multi-vendor shop owners, deposit payments, and community membership websites.
Your store will be hosted on Shopify’s servers. Not only will the transaction eat into your profits, you will be limited in what you can do with Shopify in comparison to WooCommerce. The steep differences in cost, the number of third-party plugins and themes, the vast customization options—all of these are blended into one satisfying product.
We believe that WooCommerce is more flexible and will save you money over the monthly fees of Shopify.