We are in the 21st century and everybody want things to get delivered right at their door step. Here is exactly where e-commerce comes into existence. E-commerce has become very essential and is a major part of the world wide web. These days anybody can easily build an website by using a couple of themes, these days getting online is much cheaper compared to the days when it was very expensive.
When you are setting up an e-commerce website, there are many essential things which needs to be considered. You need an inventory management system, shopping cart system, you need to tackle a couple of security issues and you also need SEO and all this have a huge impact on your website.
So now let’s get started, we will now be comparing WooCommerce and Shopify.
- Plugin is free
- Expandable through extensions
- WordPress platform
- Complete ownership (You provide your own hosting and domain)
- Highly customizable
- Choice of payment gateways
- You’re responsible for your own site’s security and maintenance
- Customizations can be more difficult than Shopify
WooCommerce is something which is really good, it’s basically a WordPress plugin which turn your website into an online e-commerce site with all the required features. By using this you can easily handle your inventory system, payments, shipping and much more all at one place. This plugin can also be integrated with any existing website as well.
Features Of WooCommerce:-
- Payment Methods
- Unlimited Products
- Shipping Methods
- Works With All The WordPress Themes
There are a ton of themes available and honestly speaking the themes are really good and vibrant as well. All these themes are also compatible with e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce. Down below are few themes, do check these out!
Coming to StoreFront, this is an free responsive theme from WooCommerce which can be easily integrated with WooCommerce. As it’s a free theme, it has got it’s own set of disadvantages. This theme do not have built in sliders, page builders or shortcodes. It has also got few features such as multiple widget areas, CSS grid and these can also be built on Underscore’s theme.
StyleShop is an theme which has been specifically designed for e-commerce websites. This theme is really responsive and you can easily manage colors, page layout, advertisements etc.,. StyleShop has got separate templates for contact pages, site maps, gallery and much more. With no worries you can also create page layouts because you have also got shortcodes, so you don’t even need to program them. StyleShop is available for only $69 per year which is a really good price compared to the features which it offers.
eStore is completely different than other themes, this theme is specially designed for the e-commerce websites. eStore has got a ton of plugins which also include eShop and PayPal. This theme is highly recommend because of the features which it has got. You can also display the deals of the day and you can also choose what are the categories to be displayed. This theme has got 5 different colors, so you can easily choose the one which you like the most. eStore starts from $69 per year.
Currently there are wide range of extensions available, there are easily around 320 extensions such as future pay, anitifraud, 360 degree image etc.,. Coming to the pricing factor, the price ranges from free of cost till $249.
- Import and export
- Payment gateways
- Shipping methods
- Third party
How Could You Manage Your Store?
WooCoommerce is so easy that you can’t even imagine, it’s really simple to use. To get started, you just gotta upload the plugin and that’s it! Next you gotta select your currency, if your from India, set your currency as INR and then just get started by uploading your items.
Uploading your items is very easy as you upload your articles and images. After uploading your item you can enter an description, enter the price of the product and you can also set the status of your stock. You can also enable or disable the customer reviews and can also do SEO by using WordPress SEO.
Your dashboard is your main place, you can handle all your order from your dashboard it self. You can also add in different things such as is the order still in processing or has dispatched.
Later on when everything is done, now you have two options, first one is that you can allow WooCommerce to handle all your inventory or the second option is that you can handle all by yourself. There are various options available in the inventory system. You can manage inventory in the settings of each product. You can also set an custom inventory system and also can choose between different levels of inventory. There is also possibility to set different shipping options such as the cost of shipping, time period taken to ship or even free shipping option.
You also have different reports, these reports will show you all your orders by date, which product is it and it will also show the coupons. All these data reports can also be exported as CSV files. The best part is you can know all the info about the customers. As you have your website built on WordPress, it becomes very convenient for you because you can manage and handle your site anywhere at your convenience. You can also manage your store from your smartphone. This is a really good feature because this is on the go and you can easily interact with your customers.
However the WooCommerce plugin is free, but still you have to get your own URL, hosting and themes. Security is an issue, you gotta make sure that you have your own security and maintain it. If you can’t afford a theme, you can also integrate this with free themes and still the plugin works fine.
To make any transaction there are hell lot of options, you have different payment gateways such as Amazon, PayPal and even Stripe. To avail this facility you have to pay, PayPal is available at a cost of $79 per site. It approves all the major credit cards and the best part is it also provides you security and it has got some good shopping cart features. If you go for Amazon, it is free. If you opt for Amazon account, it connects you to the Amazon seller account. There are different transactions fee for each seller, for example Stripe charges 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction and the best part is it do not have any transaction fee.
If your using WooCommerce, then complete ownership of the site is yours, it can easily be integrated with all most all the WordPress themes. By using this you can easily add tools which are powerful to manage your inventory and can turn your site into an complete online store.
Shopify and WooCommerce are in a tough competition when it comes to e-commerce but then, both of them has got it’s own pros and cons. Shopify is basically and e-commerce platform by which you can easily create an e-commerce website without even having any basics about web designing. Coming to the templates, Shopify has got 100 brilliant and vibrant templates which are really captures the eye of the customer. You have full control over the navigation through pages and the design as well. It has got an separate platform for blogging where you can literally interact with your customers through comments. Follow Shopify on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, Youtube, Pinterest & Instagram.
- Simple to use
- Get started fast
- Security and updates handled by Shopify
- Expandable through apps
- Only one host
- You don’t own your site
- Can get expensive over the time
- Your own URL
- Website builder
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited products
- Over 70 international payment methods
- Global tax support
- Gift card support
- Shipping options
- Full store management
- Built in Search Engine Optimization
- 24/7 support
Coming to Shopify, like others it has also got both free and paid themes as well. The price of the paid themes varies from $80 to $180, but still most of the themes are over $100 and the best themes are available at a price of $140.
- Drop down menus
- Newsletter integration
- Single product themes
- Zoom in product images
Different Categories Of Themes:-
- Art and photography
- Clothing and fashion
- Jewelry and accessories
- Food and drink
- Home and garden
- Health and beauty
- Sports and recreation
- Toys and games
A Few Popular Themes:-
Vintage is a free and most popular theme available out there! This theme is really responsive and also has different layout options. You also get product views, collection views, typography choices and navigation styles as well. You can also set the header and footer as well. This theme is currently available in four different styles.
San Francisco is currently the most purchased theme out there! This theme is really responsive and you can also adjust the fonts, styles and all the background colors as well. This theme has also got customizable sidebar and social media sharing as well. This theme also supports different mailing services such as mail chimp etc.,. This theme is available for $140
This theme is from ThemeForest and I gotta say that this is the most impressive theme of Shopify so far! This theme has been written is HTML5 and this has got more than 100 different settings. This theme is e-commerce ready and the best part is it has also got dual product slider. This theme also consists of subscription form, a Twitter feed and a layered PSD file as well.
So coming to the price of this theme, this theme is available for quite a good price. This theme is only costing you around $53 which is insane compared to the features which it offers.
Yeah, you heard it right, Shopify has got an app store with more than 900 apps! By using these apps, you can enable options like email builder, store locator, social login and sales rack as well. Coming to the price, the apps range from free to even till $450 per month. There are a ton of free apps available! Coming to the paid apps, most of the paid apps are available from $10 and ends with $50. There are tons of reviews available regarding these apps, so now it also becomes easy for you to choose between them.
- Social Media
- Customer service
These apps are also further divided into different collections such as:-
- Launch your shop
- Grow your business
- Manage your enterprise
- Made by Shopify
How To Get Started?
So yeah, here is where the main question comes in, so to get started first you gotta choose your plan, then a template which you like and the upload your items straight away, that’s it! Seems to be very easy right?
Later on you can also start a blog for your e-commerce website and modify the stores look. Things like order fulfilment, refund and all can also be done from the backend it self. The best part is you can also connect your website to Amazon and there you can set your custom fullfilment system! Don’t worry about your inventory, it will be managed by Shopify it self. It has the ability to know if the product is out of stock by looking at your inventory levels, and it will automatically update it. You can see your website’s analytics from your dashboard it self. You can track all your sales, payments, orders and also you can build custom reports to know what your customers like the most. Shopify also allows you to connect through Google Analytics to monitor your websites traffic and also you can have a look at the real time as well.
Your customers profile is in your hands, you can access complete details such as contact info, mobile number and of course order history as well. Are you busy travelling? No worries, you can manage your store from your mobile as well. You can have a mobile dashboard by which you can track all your sales and inventory as well.
Recommeded & Helpful :
Shopify has got different plans according to your needs.
The Starter Plan gonna cost you $14 per month which also includes 25 products, 1GB storage, unlimited bandwidth and chat support as well. You can use Shopify payments without any transaction fee.
Coming to the basic plan, it adds POS rate which is 2.7% + no credit card fee. You can add unlimited products, discount coupons, fraud analysis tool and a free card reader as well. The best part is you also get 24/7 support and this basic plan starts from just $29 per month.
There is a professional plan as well which is gonnna cost $79 per month and includes features like abandoned cart recovery, you can also add gift cards and this plan comes with 5GB of storage and 24/7 support as well.
Now this is the ultimate plan, the unlimited plan and this starts from $179 per month. As the name goes on, this plan has got unlimited storage and real time carrier shipping as well.
But as a last piece of advice, if you want to go for an Enterprise, Shopify plus is your best option. Please keep in mind that this is only for huge businesses and it has got a ton of services. The best feature is it do not have any transaction fee, and it has also got a dedicated SSL. You get special discounts on apps but we can’t tell you the exact price. You gotta contact the customer support for the price!
Conclusion:- WooCommerce Vs Shopify ? Who Wins ?
This is the best option to get your online store in an easy way. You don’t need to worry about maintenance because this is very easy to use. But the problem is you don’t own this website and the cost of the apps and hosting might get really expensive as the time being. But at the end of the day I prefer Shopify as it has got more options than WooCommerce.
WooCommerce and Shopify, both are really great services but they are meant for different types of customers. WooCommerce is flexible and it can be easily integrated with your WordPress site. Coming to Shopify, it is maintenance free but can get really expensive as the time being.
So this was our comparison between WooCommerce and Shopify, now it’s your turn to select the best one which suits your needs, join our subscribers list and get more stuff like this right into your mail!