Here at Brand by Design, we've had hands on experience using both Woo Commerce and Shopify.
While some customers prefer to opt for the WooCommerce plugin for use together with their existing Wordpress installation, others may be looking for an all in one solution such Shopify's offering.
While WooCommerce and Wordpress are both free open-source platforms, the cost of running an online store comes with other costs. One of the biggest of these (unseen) costs is hosting.
Below are a few things that we think Shopify does better than Commerce. Have a read and judge for yourself.
Hosting, SSL certificates, security plugins, hosting packages...
While WooCommerce and Wordpress are both free open-source platforms, the cost of running an online store comes with other costs. One of the biggest of these (unseen) costs is hosting. Hosting comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes. If you want to be seen to be a reliable trustworthy seller, you may need to purchase an SSL certificate, or additional security plugins, if your hosting package doesn't already include these. On Shopify, hosting, an SSL certificate, and so forth is included in the price of your monthly subscription. One of the benefits of this, is that as your business grows, the cost of hosting doesn’t change. Whereas most hosting providers will ask you to upgrade your hosting plan as soon as they realise your site is getting more traffic and putting more load on their servers.
Out of the box solution:
Shopify offers an out of the box solution. So when you sign up for a Shopify account, you’re steps away from completing your online store. You even choose your domain name at signup. With WooCommerce, you’ll need to sign up for hosting and perhaps buy a domain name separately. Then you'll need to install Wordpress and add the WooCommerce plugin. The setup process on WooCommerce is a bit trickier though manageable because of all the separate components. Shopify on the other hand, bundles it all together.
WooCommerce and Shopify both offer file storage. On Shopify, you have unlimited storage included in your monthly subscription automatically. However, on WooCommerce you’ll need to pay $29 a year through their Amazon S3 Storage plug-in to have access to better file storage.
Let's face it, nobody likes waiting for a page to load. And if your Wordpress site isn't properly optimised for speed, it could mean that your customers will go elsewhere. Shopify takes site speed very seriously and has a team of performance experts working to keep Shopify sites as fast as possible. You can view your speed score in Shopify’s admin and make improvements to continue keeping your site speed as fast as possible. WooCommerce doesn’t have control over site speed. Your site speed will be dependent on the hosting service you hire, whether you share servers with big sites, and other external factors. WooCommerce users often have to add multiple plugins to their website, which can also adversely affect site response.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is an industry security standard required by all companies to ensure all credit card details are stored securely. Shopify is certified Level 1 PCI-DSS compliant. However, WooCommerce isn’t compliant automatically, a third-party plugin is usually required to maintain compliance. For example, Stripe is a plugin that is PCI-DSS compliant.
Both Shopify and WooCommerce merchants want to make the most of their live site. Shopify has a reliable uptime that merchants trust. Since hosting is external to WooCommerce, you’ll need to find a reliable hosting provider. This can prove to be tricky if you are not familiar with the various service level agreements offered by your hosting provider. You could waste a lot of valuable time switching between hosting packages and trying to find the right solution for your e-commerce site.
There may well be reasons why someone would prefer WooCommerce over Shopify. But in terms of getting up and running with no hitches and getting to market safely and quickly, it's a virtual no-brainer which is the most agile solution today.
“We went from $400 to $4,000/month when we switched from WooCommerce to Shopify.” - ERIC BANDHOLZ, BEARDBRAND
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