WordPress and Shopify are web design platforms different when it comes to building online stores. WordPress is specifically built around content meant to be consumed for free. It is good for building blogs and business websites.

On the other hand, Shopify is a solution designed just for selling and buying products and services online. The system is built to handle customers’ data such as credit card details, personal information, incoming orders, making sure nothing falls through the cracks along the way.

Both can be used to create online stores, though each with its ups and downsides. So, you might wonder which option to use for your online store development. With that said, let’s consider both platforms’ differences in the light of installation, ease-of-use, capabilities, and pricing.

Installation

With Shopify, all you need is to create an account on the platform, subscribe to a plan, and start building your store with Shopify’s drag-and-drop wizard. You don’t any need web design or coding experience.

When it comes to WordPress, however, you’ll need a plug-in like WooCommerce in addition to a domain name and web hosting to enjoy the e-commerce spectrum of WordPress.

Remember that WordPress is not an eCommerce store builder, but with the help of a plugin like WooCommerce, you can turn it into a powerful online store.

In conclusion, if you have no coding skills and would like to have your eCommerce store up and running in no time, Shopify wins.

Ease of Use

Just like its installation, learning to work and working with Shopify is easy but that of WooCommerce can take much effort particularly for someone without technical experience.

On Shopify, you don’t have to worry about software updates, security issues, or making backups. With WooCommerce, you will have to update the plugin as new versions become available

When it comes to ease of use, Shopify wins.

Capabilities

Both Shopify and WooCommerce allow you to install plug-ins and apps to add extra functionalities in all areas of your online stores. On WooCommerce, for example, you can choose from over 50,000 plugins, while Shopify also has over 1,200 free and paid apps available. As long as you are making use of the right plugins, both platforms are a winner.

Pricing

WooCommerce may or may not win the price war here. But one thing for sure is that the cost of using the plugin is flexible. WooCommerce is free, but you’ll need hosting, domain, and extension fees to run the plugin on WordPress.

On the other hand, Shopify does not need hosting, domain, and the like because all extensions are included in its monthly plans that range from $29 to $299.

Because WordPress hosting (for powering up WooCommerce) is a yearly fee, unlike Shopify which is monthly, and that both platforms require plugins for added functionality, WooCommerce might be a winner here.

Conclusion

This blog approaches eCommerce website creation with Shopify or WordPress (WooCommerce) from the price, capabilities, ease of use, and setup viewpoint. If you’re not a tech-savvy person and need a quick solution, you may go for Shopify. Or choose WooCommerce “powered” by WordPress if you want more freedom over your costs.

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If you need an expert on any of the platforms, just let us know at CLRSolutions, and we’ll be glad to help.

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