Shopify vs WooCommerce (Wordpress) | Picking The Best eCommerce Platform

September 28, 2019

Picking an eCommerce platform is critically important. In our experience, the platform you choose can literally make or break your eCommerce business. We know countless of people who have paid developers well over $250,000/year to make changes that many eCommerce platforms innately have built-in as features!

 

The best thing you can do is research and understand the costs and benefits to each platform. While we're obviously biased (can you tell we love Shopify? 😊), we've worked with many different platforms in the past and keep up to date on the industry so we have a good understanding of each one of these platforms.

 

Keep in mind, these platforms are literally upgrading every day. One feature missing on Squarespace yesterday might be there today and another on Wix might be discontinued next week. Not picking on either of these platforms, just an example.

 

We've compared other eCommerce platforms to Shopify here:

 

Shopify vs Woocommerce

Woocommerce is often a common choice for business owners looking to start an eCommerce store. The main reason for this is because of WordPress's popularity. While there are advantages to Woocommerce it doesn't give the level of user experience many people come to expect from Shopify.

 

We went through the remaining parts of the platform and below is our 1-10 rating of Shopify vs Woocommerce.

Criteria (1-10) Shopify Woocommerce
Theme editor 8 5
Theme choice 8 8
Product presentation and features 7 7
Payment options 9 9
Blog options 8 8
Shipping Cost Settings and Carrier integration 10 10
International capabilities 8 8
Analytics 8 5
SEO capabilities 5 7
Pagespeed 6 9
Help support 8 5
Apps 9 9
Discounts 7 7
Storage 7 5
Pricing 6 9
Free Trials 14-day Free

 

Setting up a Wordpress site can be much more complicated than setting up an online store through any of the other platforms we've reviewed (Wix, Squarespace, etc) so we didn't include the setup section.

 

Below is our criteria information broken down.

 

Theme editor

 

Wordpress has a theme editor but largely is very limited in changes.

 

 

Theme choice

Wordpress has tons of theme choices, more than any other platforms.

 

Product presentation and features

Because of Wordpress level of customization, you can make the product presentation anything you want, however, the ease of implementation will be a bit harder than Shopify.

 

Payment options

Both platforms offer good payment processing capabilities.

 

Blog options

 

Wordpress was built as a blogging platform so it has great options.

 

Shipping Cost Settings and Carrier integration

While there will be less shipping native integrations, Wordpress will allow you to connect with almost any shipping platform you need.

 

International capabilities

 

Both have strong international capabilities.

 

 

Analytics

 

Woocommerce itself has very poor analytics, however, there are lots of plugins and third-party integrations that solve for this issue.

 

SEO capabilities

 

Wordpress is generally considered to be one of the best platforms for SEO capabilities.

 

Pagespeed

While pagespeed might fall under SEO, the core pagespeed you get at first when you whip up a site is an important factor. 

 

Help support 

Shopify has a stronger customer support compared to Woocommerce.

 

Apps

Shopify has a ton of apps in the App Store, however, Wordpress likely has even more plugins.

 

Discounts

Discounts by both platforms match up.

 

Storage

You have to host your own site for Wordpress so you'll need to host your own site through a separate service.

 

Pricing

Woocommerce itself is free while Shopify has a monthly cost.

 

Free Trials

 

Shopify has a 14-day free trial while Woocommerce is free.

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