Which is better Shopify or Woo Commerce

In the battle of ecommerce giants it’s WooCommerce versus Shopify but which one comes out on top?

It’s the showdown of the ecommerce giants. In one corner we have Shopify the easy access ecommerce platform powering more than 800,000 businesses globally; in the other WooCommerce described by many as the biggest ecommerce platform in the world. Both are outstanding at what they do and both are packed full of features, but which one is right for your business?

WooCommerce is the plugin turning WordPress websites into ecommerce platforms. It has been instrumental in helping small businesses sell online. It’s open source which means it’s free to install although you will have to pay for stuff such as hosting and security.

For those who know how to code or can find someone who does, this is a very quick and affordable way to add an ecommerce platform to a site.

Shopify, meanwhile, is the easy access platform with outstanding customer support and lovely looking web templates. For a monthly premium, you get access to a solid, secure and reliable ecommerce platform.

Both deliver the same end goal, but they differ in terms of pricing, features and installation. Which one works for you will depend on your business, your website and your overall objectives.

Pricing

WooCommerce edges the pricing war as it’s free to use while Shopify comes with a fixed monthly fee. You will have to pay for extensions to the WooCommerce platform but these are just around $30 to $40 each.

However, Shopify offers flexible pricing depending on your needs. Its basic offering is just $29 rising to $299 for the most advanced option which means the platform can grow with your business.

Features

Both platforms come with all the features you’ll need to run an effective online shop. The difference is that Shopify has more of them enabled as standard.

Both come with the ability to offer free shipping and multi-channel selling on platforms such as Amazon. However, it costs money to integrate these onto WooCommerce aside from Facebook which is free of charge. Shopify allows you to integrate all of these at no cost.

Other useful features such as abandoned cart delivery come with the basic Shopify offering, although more advanced packages offer certain features such as automated emailing for contacts

Accessibility

The big problem for WooCommerce is ease of use. Shopify is a hosted platform which means they will handle all the technical details such as hosting and getting a domain name. There is no need to download and install any software or worry about backups.

With WooCommerce you’ll have to source your own domain names as well as know someone who can code to put it into action. This isn’t an easy access option for anyone regardless of their skill levels.

Who wins?

So which platform wins? The answer is it depends. Both have their pros and cons. WooCommerce is free to use and offers a way to add ecommerce capability quickly and simply to existing WordPress websites. It’s open source so you can use coding to customise it as much as you want and is incredibly flexible which means you can add features as and when you need them.

Shopify on the other hand is more expensive but really wins on accessibility. It’s hosted and is easily accessible to the everyday user. With 24/7 customer support, you’ll always have someone on hand to help with any problems you have.

Even with that ease of use, though, it helps to have someone who really understands the platform and how it works to help get you set up. Whether you choose WooCommerce or Shopify, having someone on hand who really knows their stuff will help you get the best out of these fantastic pieces of software.