Starting an online store is an exciting prospect and it has a lot of opportunities to offer. But before you can start selling you have to make a lot of important decisions.
Every decision matters as it determines the functionality of an online store. Selecting the platform for an online store is a critical decision. Shopify and WooCommerce are two platforms are two popular options.
If you are having difficulty in choosing between the two then here are a few tips to help in choosing the right one.
Cost is an important consideration for an online store.
Shopify: Starting an online store is made easy and convenient by Shopify. It offers plans that come with SSL certificate, web hosting, and domain name. The basic plan offered by Shopify offers the feature of unlimited file storage, unlimited products, and two user accounts.
To enjoy third-party tools extra payment is required and the payments can increase as the business grows. The payments are also a factor that affects the cost.
WooCommerce: You can enjoy WooCommerce hosting free as it is open source. But to start a WooCommerce store you will need a domain name, WordPress hosting account, and SSL certificate.
The cost of WooCommerce is much lower than Shopify so if you are on a tight budget then it is a better choice than Shopify.
Convenient and easy to use:
People looking to start an online store are not expert developers and web designers so choosing a platform that is easy to use is a great option.
Shopify: It is a completely hosted platform so you do not have to worry about installing, managing and updating the software. It also makes sure that online store owners do not have to worry about compatibility, backups, security and backup problems. It has an intuitive drag and drop interface so it is easy to manage inventory, sales, and products.
WooCommerce: It is not as easy to use as Shopify because with WooCommerce you will have to keep backups, manage updates and ensure the security of the website. You can make management easier you can use paid and free plugins. WooCommerce is easy to customize as you are in full control of the platform.
Shopify: There are a number of different payment options for receiving payments from customers. It also has its own payment solutions known as Shopify Payments. There are third-party payment methods available as well. But Shopify charges an extra two percent on each transition that is made through the third party.
WooCommerce: It offers stripe payments and PayPal by default. It also supports other payment service providers with the help of add-ons. It also supports regional and payment services that are less popular.
Make sure that you look at all the features before choosing between Shopify and WooCommerce.