WooCommerce Vs Shopify 2017

WooCommerce is advertised as a free ecommerce platform, the catch being that you need to install various plugins to run an efficient store. These plugins cost. You’ll also have to purchase an SSL Certificate, as well as source monthly hosting for your new store. Before you know it, you’ve spent $200 on just getting setup. Shopify has a few monthly plans to choose from to suit small ecommerce stores up to large enterprises. Shopify’s monthly fee also includes your SSL Certificate and monthly hosting.

The biggest difference between Woo and Shopify being that Woo is an open source powered by Wordpress. Whereas Shopify is a proprietary. Meaning that Shopify has a solid support system behind it compared to Woo, who is essentially self run, or you seek the help of developers to support, set up, and update your store. This can be incredibly time consuming. With Shopify you get endless support via email, phone, chat, as well as their helpful forums.

 
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Cons

Doesn’t allow for product comparisons (can with an app)

Not able to set up variant prices (can with an app)

Can be costly if you aren’t selling more than a few orders a month

Not the best blogging platform

Limited amount of free theme templates available

Pros

Ridiculously easy to set up and start selling

Intuitive ecommerce system

Renowned for their 24/7 customer care

Monthly fee includes SSL certificate

Fully hosted

Cons

Essential plugins cost to use

Need to buy SSL certificate

Need to source hosting

Support type is through a ticket system, you’re on your own otherwise

Difficult if you aren’t familiar with open source platforms

Pros

Free to download

Lots of plugins available to customise store

Easy move if you have wordpress site already

Great for smaller ecommerce stores

Has a really strong blogging platform with Wordpress

 

Summary: Shopify vs WooCommerce

WooCommerce is advertised as a free ecommerce platform, the catch being that you need to install various plugins to run an efficient store. These plugins cost. You’ll also have to purchase an SSL Certificate, as well as source monthly hosting for your new store. Before you know it, you’ve spent $200 on just getting setup. Shopify has a few monthly plans to choose from to suit small ecommerce stores up to large enterprises. Shopify’s monthly fee also includes your SSL Certificate and monthly hosting. 

The biggest difference between Woo and Shopify being that Woo is an open source powered by Wordpress. Whereas Shopify is a proprietary. Meaning that Shopify has a solid support system behind it compared to Woo, who is essentially self run, or you seek the help of developers to support, set up, and update your store. This can be incredibly time consuming. With Shopify you get endless support via email, phone, chat, as well as their helpful forums.

Shopify has an intuitive admin panel that is easy to understand. This panel allows you to manage every aspect of your store, and gives you access to an endless number of apps to fully customise your store, as well as professional looking themes.
Woo can be tricky to set up if you aren’t familiar at all with WordPress and installing things yourself. It can also be difficult to use once your store begins to grow. Shopify on the other hand has an incredibly easy setup. You can be selling within minutes. 

 
 

Choosing Shopify FOR 2017

With WooCommerce being a free platform, there is no customer care guidelines. Users are left to figure it out for themselves. If you’re up for searching the forums, you’ll find lots of helpful people on the forum to help you out.
Shopify is known for their high quality care of their customers. Every store owner can contact Shopify by email, phone, and live chat 24/7 if they have any issues or comments.

 
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