Should I choose Shopify or WooCommerce?
This question is especially common among many entrepreneurs who are looking for brand-specific E-commerce infrastructure. In this article, we have compiled why you should prefer Shopify over WooCommerce infrastructure. Happy reading! :)
10 advantages of Shopify over WooCommerce
1) All-in-one price
While WooCommerce and Wordpress are free open source platforms, the cost of running an online store on these platforms is not free. To create a secure and vibrant website, you still need to pay for hosting, SSL certificates and plugins. Hosting on Shopify, SSL certificate, etc. Fees are included in the monthly subscription. In this way, as your business grows, your hosting costs do not change, keeping your costs manageable.
2) Ready for sale in minutes
When comparing Shopify to WooCommerce, Shopify offers an out-of-the-box solution. So once you sign up for Shopify, you're a few steps away from completing your online store. You even choose your domain name during registration. You need to sign up for hosting on WooCommerce, buy a domain name, then sign up for Wordpress and add WooCommerce as a plugin. While the setup process in WooCommerce is manageable due to all the individual components, it is a bit more difficult compared to Shopify. Almost everything is ready in Shopify!
3) Reliable support system
We'll cover how easy it is to get support on Shopify in our Shopify vs WooCommerce comparison. Support in WooCommerce comes in the form of ticket support, WooCommerce documentation, live chat, email, and a blog. On Shopify, on the other hand, their merchants have access to 24/7 phone, live chat, and email support. And some support is available in multiple languages. You also have access to help documents, a blog, online courses and even webinars to help you get started on your ecommerce journey. (We haven't met anyone dissatisfied with the Shopify support team yet :) )
4) Free subdomain included
Shopify gives a free subdomain on .myshopify.com with every registration. If you decide you want to have your own domain name, the process can be completed in just a few clicks on Shopify. You can use Domain Name Generator, a free tool that helps you discover domain name availability. In WooCommerce, you have to purchase your domain with a third party as a subdomain is not included.
5) SSL Certificate!
An SSL certificate helps a customer to shop securely from your site. Having an SSL certificate that helps keep your website secure is possible with both WooCommerce and Shopify. However, in Shopify this SSL certificate is automatically included, while in WooCommerce you have to set it up separately.
6) Unlimited storage
WooCommerce and Shopify both offer file storage. To access better file storage in WooCommerce, you have to pay $29 per year through the Amazon S3 Storage plugin. The monthly fee you pay at Shopify automatically includes unlimited storage.
7) Multiple language support
You want to translate your website into multiple languages. This is possible in both WooCommerce and Shopify. WooCommerce recommends a paid plugin called Multilingual Press, which starts at $99 per year for three languages. Shopify allows unlimited languages through its International Domains product for those with Shopify, Shopify Advanced, and Shopify Plus plans. You can choose to purchase domains for all regions or use a subdomain instead.
8) Super fast site
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 keep your site speed as fast as possible. WooCommerce has no control over site speed. Your site speed will depend on the hosting service you rent, whether you're sharing servers with large sites, and other external factors. WooCommerce users often add multiple plugins to their websites that can slow down site speed. Remember, the faster your site is, the more money your customers make! :)
9) PCI-DSS compliance
What is that? We can hear you say :) Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is an industry security standard required by all companies to ensure that all credit card information is stored securely. Shopify is certified for Level 1 PCI-DSS compliance. But WooCommerce is not automatically compatible, a third party plugin will be required to maintain compatibility. For example, Stripe is a PCI-DSS compliant add-on.
10) Uninterrupted service
Have you ever seen that a website built with Shopify cannot be reached? We didn't see it! :) Shopify provides a secure, fast and uninterrupted service to brands with its hosting servers. In WooCommerce, it is entirely up to you to find a reliable and uninterrupted hosting server.