Shopify and WooCommerce are both popular and easy to operate online store platforms in the market. Both platforms have many advantages, but should you choose Shopify? Or WooCommerce? In fact, both can help you build a complete online store, but their characteristics are different, so which platform to choose varies from person to person.
After reading this article, you should be able to successfully select the most suitable online store system for you. Let's compare Shopify and WooCommerce!
Shop Creation Cost
If you are a SME or entrepreneur, the first thing you must do is to ask about the cost of opening a store to see if it can afford it. In fact, the cost of opening a store for both will not be very high. Shopify can provide you with a brand-new e-commerce website that can be started quickly. Although the WooCommerce system is free, you need to spend extra money to purchase services (such as SSL, domain name and Server, etc.), so the actual shop opening cost is roughly the same as Shopify, or higher.
If you take into account the cost of subsequent system maintenance, Shopify will be better, because you don’t need to spend extra money, and the maintenance is included in the monthly monthly fee, but you have to spend your time to maintain the WooCommerce system, or Need to find a company in the market for help.
For small merchants who have to do various things themselves, of course, the ease of use of the platform is also an important element. Shopify's platform provides comprehensive setting guidelines. The overall setting of the online store is also very straightforward. You can easily change items such as freight calculation, payment method, etc. by yourself. The functions of adding new products, adding product categories, adding product options, etc. are also very simple and straightforward, and the system will prompt if there is any missing. Overall, the process is very simple and easy, you don't need any program/advanced computer knowledge to complete it easily.
WooCommerce is actually similar to Shopify, but when you first install the program and set up the server, if you do not have advanced computer knowledge, you will easily get stuck and cannot complete the installation. In the future, you may encounter troubles (such as compatibility issues) when installing the plug-in by yourself, and you need to pay an additional fee to find a company in the market.
Shopify's front-end interface has a responsive (computer, tablet, mobile phone) design and a variety of color options, and the mobile phone interface has also been optimized. The layout selection is dazzling. The common point is fashion, simplicity and good-looking. If you want to change the design, it’s easy. The background system will provide you with an intuitive interface. Just follow the instructions to change the content. You can change the color of the website panel and the style of the module very quickly. In addition, you can add or remove certain sections according to your requirements and ideas. But compared to WooCommerce, Shopify's interface has more restrictions on the range of changes.
WooCommerce is a plug-in created by third-party developers based on WordPress. Therefore, it does not provide any design templates. You need to choose and purchase and install it on the network. Although WooCommerce's changes are more flexible than Shopify, if you don't know a programming language, it may be easy to make mistakes when making changes.
Conclusion: To put it simply, if you are an ordinary small business, do not have a lot of computer knowledge and do not have a colleague who can be responsible for IT, we would recommend you to choose Shopify. If you have a colleague who can be responsible for IT, or you already have a certain degree of knowledge of PHP programming, CSS syntax, etc., it is not impossible to try WooCommerce.