Shopify Vs WooCommerce

Shopify Vs WooCommerce – How important is e-commerce for your business?

When choosing between Shopify Vs WooCommerce and in today’s highly competitive market your own e-commerce platform can be a game changer for you against your competitor. It’s the best marketing tool for your business, increasing your marketing reach and visibility for your brand, helping you to grow your product range and target audience as you scale up your business. All the while helping your customers to shop in comfort and convenience.

E-commerce platform - Shopify Vs WooCommerce

Shopify Vs WooCommerce – Getting started

Choosing the right e-commerce platform is crucial and depends on the needs of your business. Shopify and WooCommerce are the two top platforms in the e-commerce world.

Codesquad work on both platforms comfortably – here is our quick summary of key point to help in choosing the right one for your e-commerce website.

SHOPIFY WOOCOMMERCE
Shopify is an all-in-one platform where you can create an online store, make transactions and manage inventory without worrying about technical aspects of managing a website. Woo is a plugin created for WordPress and is open-source, giving you more control over the technical aspects of and flexibility to customize every aspect of your store.
Design
Great visual quality designs available, more than 50 with 10+ free. The price tag on premium designs can be quite high. Built to cooperate with most themes on the market, giving you thousands of design options.
Closed platform – modification allowed to the extent that Shopify allows. Open Source – No limitations on customization.
Control
Shopify controls your data. Control your own data.
Cost of Set – up
Hosting and domain name included in the cost of set-up. No hosting and domain name included.
Conventional pricing structure. Technically cheaper, but requires more work to set up.
Payment methods
Accept payments via PayPal, multiple payment gateways (including Stripe, credit cards), bank deposits, cash on delivery, and other methods. Accept payments via PayPal, Stripe, checks, bank transfers, cash on delivery.
Ease of Use
Ease of use – Initial signup and setup is easier. Initial set up requires some level of comfort around web-related use. Once setup is done both are similar and easy to use.
Add-ons and integrations
Harder to customize add-ons and integrations. Easier to customize add-ons and integrations.
SEO
Has a range of SEO plugins in its App Store, though the range is not as impressive as WooCommerce. Built using code optimized for SEO, and also integrated with WordPress which has its impressive range of SEO plugins. Offers helpful SEO guides and prompts.
Security
Since it’s a hosted platform, comes with inbuilt SSL certificate and is PCI-DSS compliant. Since it is based on open-source WordPress, you will have to take care of SSL and PCI-DSS compliance with your own hosting provider.
SHOPIFY WOOCOMMERCE
Shopify is an all-in-one platform where you can create an online store, make transactions and manage inventory without worrying about technical aspects of managing a website. Woo is a plugin created for WordPress and is open-source, giving you more control over the technical aspects of and flexibility to customize every aspect of your store.
Design
Great visual quality designs available, more than 50 with 10+ free. The price tag on premium designs can be quite high. Built to cooperate with most themes on the market, giving you thousands of design options.
Closed platform – modification allowed to the extent that Shopify allows. Open Source – No limitations on customization.
Control
Shopify controls your data. Control your own data.
Cost of Set – up
Hosting and domain name included in the cost of set-up. No hosting and domain name included.
Conventional pricing structure. Technically cheaper, but requires more work to set up.
Payment methods
Accept payments via PayPal, multiple payment gateways (including Stripe, credit cards), bank deposits, cash on delivery, and other methods. Accept payments via PayPal, Stripe, checks, bank transfers, cash on delivery.
Ease of Use
Ease of use – Initial signup and setup is easier. Initial set up requires some level of comfort around web-related use. Once setup is done both are similar and easy to use.
Add-ons and integrations
Harder to customize add-ons and integrations. Easier to customize add-ons and integrations.
SEO
Has a range of SEO plugins in its App Store, though the range is not as impressive as WooCommerce. Built using code optimized for SEO, and also integrated with WordPress which has its impressive range of SEO plugins. Offers helpful SEO guides and prompts.
Security
Since it’s a hosted platform, comes with inbuilt SSL certificate and is PCI-DSS compliant. Since it is based on open-source WordPress, you will have to take care of SSL and PCI-DSS compliance with your own hosting provider.

These are the basic differences. Both have similar aspects too like mobile friendly structure, selling an unlimited number of products, option of sales stats and reports, etc.

Both platforms have their own pros and cons depending on the scale and requirements of your business.

E-commerce platform - Shopify Vs WooCommerce

You may want to go with Shopify if you:

  • Are a small store/start-up creating your online store.
  • Don’t want to deal with any of the set-up and willing to pay a fee for the same.
  • Prefer simplicity over customization as modifications can be costly and difficult to integrate.

E-commerce platform - Shopify Vs WooCommerce

WooCommerce would be a better option for your business if you:

  • Are a larger store.
  • Want to be in full control of your store.
  • Prefer setting things up on your own or have hired resources to do the same.
  • Prefer customization and functionalities over simplicity and ease of set up.

Let’s get your products online

That’s our take on Shopify Vs WooCommerce and maybe now that you have decided on the right platform. What’s next? Get Codesquad’s web apps team in Perth to help you set up your store from the word go. We manage your store end to end from set-up, updating your store with add-ons, manage traffic, customer support, maintenance and technical support.
Still not sure which one to choose or where to begin? Talk to us and get help on setting up. Contact us at 1300 790 166 or email us at squad@codesquad.com.au.

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Reviewed on – August 23,2020
Reviewed by – Monisha M M
Included SEO and Security comparison points