Woocommerce-v-Shopify

Okay so you have decided that you want an online store, but who do you choose for your eCommerce platform? Well two of the most popular eCommerce platforms in use today are wooCommerce and Shopify.

WooCommerce

Cost

While WooCommerce is free, there are costs associated with it. You will need a WordPress website, meaning you have to purchase your own domain name and set up a hosting plan before anything else. The cost will vary depending on your hosting plan and the add-ons you chose to improve your store. If you need hosting for your website, 1&1 Web Hosting can provide great service and exceptional value hosting, with plans starting from £5.99 per month Including Vat.

Website Design and Developments costs vary depending on such factors as number of pages required, number of products initially listed, number of images required. For further information please get in touch using our contact form, and I will be more than pleased to arrange a free consultation. Only then can I produce an accurate costing.

Setup

WooCommerce is a plugin for WordPress which means you need a WordPress website, then install the WooCommerce plugin, and setup the store. If you’re familiar with WordPress, then installing and setting up WooCommerce should be fairly easy for you.

Design Options

WooThemes, the developers of WooCommerce, offer WordPress themes which have been optimized for WooCommerce. But it can be integrated into any WordPress theme that supports WooCommerce compatibility.

Features

WooCommerce offers the following features:-

  • Different payment gateways which include PayPal, BACS, and Cash on Delivery.
  • Free or flat rate shipping and tax settings which include different tax classes and local tax rates.
  • Reports include incoming sales, reviews, inventory levels and general store performance.
  • Integrated user reviews, discount options, usage limits.
  • The ability to cross-promote and upsell products.
  • Product variations and the ability to sell both downloadable and physical goods.

User Interface

WooCommerce has an intuitive user interface for simple tasks like creating a site’s basic pages, listing products, checking orders, fulfilling orders, and more. These setup processes are relatively hassle-free.

Documentation

With thorough documentation and a large user base, finding answers to potential issues that may arise is fairly effortless.

Shopify

Cost

Shopify offers three pricing tiers, with the lowest plan being $29 and the most expensive one being $299. They also have a medium plan for $79 and a very basic plan for $9 strictly for selling on Facebook.

All of the plans include unlimited products and bandwidth, fraud analysis, a blog, and a free SSL certificate. The domain name can be purchased directly from Shopify or you can connect your existing domain name to it. Your final cost will be determined by the amount of paid add-ons which you add to your online store.

Website Design and Developments costs vary depending on such factors as number of pages required, number of products initially listed, number of images required. For further information please get in touch using our contact form, and I will be more than pleased to arrange a free consultation. Only then can I produce an accurate costing.

Setup

Setting up the store on Shopify is as easy as signing up for your desired plan, choosing the theme, and adding the products. It’s a complete WYSIWYG solution giving you complete control over your navigation, pages, and design.

Design Options

While Shopify offers a nice selection of themes to get you started, they are not as feature rich as some of the third-party themes. Shopify theme selection offers free and paid themes with paid themes ranging from $100 to $180.

Features

The main features include:

  • Plenty of professional themes available from Shopify.
  • Responsive, mobile-friendly design.
  • The ability to use your own domain name.
  • Usable website builder to customize the look of your store.
  • Full blogging platform available.
  • Detailed reports and site analytics.
  • Integration with social media and email marketing.
  • Product variations, review, discounts etc.

User Interface

Like WooCommerce, Shopify has an intuitive user interface for simple tasks like creating a site’s basic pages, listing products, checking orders, fulfilling orders, and more. Again these setup processes are relatively hassle-free.

Documentation

Shopify also has thorough documentation and a large user base, so finding answers to potential issues that may arise is also fairly effortless.