When you try to compare the two top e-commerce platforms, then you get a showdown of business giants. While Shopify boasts an achievement of powering about 800,000 businesses globally, WooCommerce takes its numbers to a whole new level just a bit over 75,000,000 downloads in businesses.
So should the numbers convince you, or should you make your decisions based on simple numbers posted on their homepages? No, you don’t, because in this article we are going to see the pros and cons of using both of these platforms.
Now starting with the pros and cons;
1: OPTIONS ON PRICING
How much do WooCommerce and Shopify cost?
Shopify comes with a set of prices with different packages while WooCommerce is free and flexible. Shopify prices can range from $29 to $299 per month, and you get to upgrade more features as you upgrade. At the same time, WooCommerce if free but it comes with extra costa including hosting, domain name, and security.
Simply here is a summary;
- Shopify charges you from $29 to $299 dollars and gives you a complete package from site-hosting to SSL security and a bunch of other e-commerce apps to boost your site performance.
- WooCommerce is free but its services do not cover for the extra costs of hosting solutions, domain name and security. So decide on how much you are willing to spend before you pick the tol of your choice.
2: FLEXIBILITY AND MAINTENANCE
While all platforms are capable of powering online businesses, knowing how far to push them is key to know what you get out of the system and what you can’t get out of the system. Shopify gives the perfect to run a good online business without the fear of several store crashes or site updates gone terribly wrong.
While WooCommerce comes as a free, it is also open-source in a way that allows its typical store to accommodate a great number of payment gateways. But the downside is that woo-commerce plugin has the support of its own different from all other plugins that can interact with the system, hence making it a load of work to stay updated and get real-time support. Shopify has everything in one place except for some of its themes which can be developed by third-parties. It is easier to have a piece of mind with Shopify in the sense that all the great support your site relies on, can be found on a single platform.
3: THE LEARNING CURVE
WooCommerce has a steeper learning curve than Shopify and here is why.
Shopify is a hosted e-commerce store which means it takes care of most of the technical side of operating an e-commerce store. From getting your domain name to hosting to security certificates. Shopify has got you covered making it possible to have all that done on a single platform.
On top of that, when you are using Shopify, you don’t have to install or manage a number of third-party plugins.
On the contrary to WooCommerce, you need to handle a lot of the work to set up your store by yourself. If you are a first-timer and not a tech-expert, using WooCommerce can feel like climbing a steep mountain.
There is a saying that goes like this;
“a padlock isn’t only a symbol of security, but also a watchful eye”Someone is always watching what you browse and search on the internet, and that is why they can tell you that all is secure. They wouldn’t know about it, if they were asleep.
Websites with great security features are given high priority t show first in search engine results and they also bring a sense of confidence to site visitors. This is very important to all online store because they are not only processing customers’ money, but also holding their personal information.
Shopify automatically provides built-in SSL certificates to all stores. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is responsible for safeguarding both the website and visitors’ personal information so it can’t be tampered by cybercriminals.
On the other hand, WooCommerce doesn’t come with built-in security features. It works with WordPress and therefore it is self-hosted. Any site security needs to be handled by yourself or your hosting provider.
5: CUSTOMER SUPPORT
When it comes to customer support, Shopify does better than WooCommerce. Shopify provides 24/7 support over the phone, via live chat and email. In addition to a library of helpful guides, a community forum, and a setup wizard. You will feel like you are working together with a team of engineers.
WooCommerce takes on a hands-off approach to customer support. They provide DIY help sections, WooCommerce community, and WordPress related forums. So if you are aware of some technical aspects of website building, WooCommerce will suit you just fine.
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