Why WooCommerce?

How does WooCommerce differ from Shopify or any other SaaS model? Are there any crucial advantages I should know about?

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There are also lots of articles out there that do a comparison of the different e-commerce possibilities, such as http://www.codeinwp.com/blog/shopify-vs-magento-vs-woocommerce-vs-bigcommerce-vs-wix/, but I’d love to see the opinions of people here who have had experiences with more than one of the options and can let us know what they think personally.

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Check this out, it might be helpful: https://www.cmscritic.com/10-reasons-why-woocommerce-is-perfect-for-ecommerce-startups/

So do I! sometimes these “comparison articles” are ordered by a product’s owner, whose product is compared;) So I tend no to trust much to such things…

You do have to be careful when you read the descriptions, but they do often have a useful list of available features of each of the products.

Hi @Annie89 – In my opinion, the main difference is that WooCommerce (or other self-hosted, open source ecommerce apps) is that you have more control over the platform. You can easily customize and extend WooCommerce, and there are many free plugins to suit lots of different requirements.

WooCommerce also has the benefit of being a free WordPress plugin, so it has a massive user base and can leverage the larger WordPress ecosystem.

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Both of these eCommerce platforms are great for small and medium businesses.
Shopify is a hosted solution with an inbuilt and responsive design, but it’s not free so you’re given a 14 day trial period which you have to use on building an online store. It has more extensions compared to WooCommerce, but the thing is that basically you have to start paying for their services irrespective of whether you get sales or not…
On the other hand Woocommerce is absolutely charge free WordPress compatible eCommerce plugin, there’s plenty of design opportunities for it which are easily accessible. And it’s not a hosted solution so you’re in full control of your website.
But it does have its drawbacks which are a necessity of fine-tuning it to get the ultimate look you want. This is why you might actually be thinking of hiring a specialist for this purpose. But if you have a WordPress site already I would definitely recommend WooCommerce.

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Yes, woocommerce is free and highly customizable as a basic solution, but I found that there are certain features a client might want (such as grouping items - eg customer must choose one image to be placed on one style of t-shirt, with one thread colour grouped together as one purchase) that can only be accomplished by purchasing (not-free) add-ons. So in the end, a cost comparison would have to be made on an individual project basis.

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Absolutely agree! But since we know nothing of the business concept, we have to only guess and suppose that a certain eCommerce engine would suit them better))

Maybe the OP could give us a short list of features needed?

Need a website to sell mobile accessories with admin panel as easy as possible. Client’s wish - “I want to pay you once and then be able to manage my website without your permanent presence”.

Is your client a web design guru, may I ask? But anyway, I’d still go for WooCommerce if I were you.

I guess he wants to seem like that;) but his wish is rather reasonable…I’d want the same, if i were him

Well, WooCommerce is open-source, while Shopify is not. WooCommerce is highly customizable, while Shopify is not. WooCommerce is free to use, while Shopify is, once again, not and has a fee starting from $29/month. So if your client wishes to “pay once”, WooCommerce would suit them more, I guess.

Honestly, they’re quite different, but equally good. And the e-Commerce community is happy to prove it – WooCommerce and Shopify are two most popular target carts for automated migration at Cart2Cart!

In general, if you client has at least minimum programming skills, or WordPress website already, I do recommend using WooCommerce. Otherwise, Shopify – the world’s most technically progressive e-commerce SaaS – is definitely a choice for them.

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