Shopify Vs WooCommerce Product Comparison
Similar to the debate between page builder plugins, it makes sense why people are torn between two of the leading e-commerce platforms in use today. That’s especially so for those of you who make a living building e-commerce sites for clients. You want the software you choose to be the best solution for them as well as for your business. The Shopify vs. WooCommerce debate is one that comes up frequently in the Digital Mavericks Facebook group, so we figured it’s about time we put the matter to rest. Today, we’re going to help you find the right e-commerce platform for your business by breaking down the key differences between Shopify and WooCommerce. The Software Shopify Shopify is a hosted e-commerce platform. This means that Shopify takes care of web hosting and domain management for you. In addition, Shopify is an all-in-one e-commerce software, which means its dashboard is 100% centred around your store, inventory and sales. You can add a blog and other pages to your site, but that’s not really where Shopify shines and why it’s not a primary focus when you use this software. WooCommerce WooCommerce is a self-hosted open source software for the WordPress content management system. Unlike Shopify which has its own dedicated platform, WooCommerce is a plugin that integrates with WordPress. That means, you’re responsible for procuring your own web hosting plan and domain name, and installing WordPress, before you can start using WooCommerce. That said, WooCommerce — being an offshoot of WordPress — is much more flexible in terms of what you can accomplish. You can add WooCommerce products to an existing blog or website or you can build a fully functioning store. Price Shopify The cost of using Shopify appears straightforward at first glance. The least expensive plan is $29.99 a month. Prices scale up as you add more users and advanced features (like reporting) to your plan. That said, these prices are really only for small to mid-sized stores. If you’re trying to sell your services to enterprise customers, you’ll need to have a chat with a Shopify representative about upgrading to ShopifyPlus and the associated fees that come with it. Another thing to keep in mind is that Shopify might not come with everything you need out of the box… and it will charge you for many of the changes you make to the platform. Some other things you might need to plan on paying for: Theme Apps Payment gateway fees (beyond the standard 2.9%) If your e-commerce client has a firm budget, do your research before sending them a proposal. You don’t want to invest in something like Shopify only to realise too late that what they want to accomplish costs too much with this platform. WooCommerce WooCommerce is 100% free to use. That said, this is not a self-hosted platform, so straight out the gate you (i.e. your client) can expect to incur fees for: Web hosting plan Domain name SSL certificate You have other associated costs to think about: A premium theme or page builder plugin (usually $50-$60 a year) Premium plugins or WooCommerce extensions You have to think about extra speed and security optimisations, too. E-Commerce sites are loaded with images and tend to have higher traffic rates than regular business websites, so you need a powerful web hosting plan to accommodate those needs. Caching and image optimisation plugins will help, but you may need to upgrade to managed WooCommerce hosting and/or a CDN to keep up with it all. In other words, e-commerce costs are never as straightforward as they appear to be. Before you…
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