One commonly asked question of RSH Web Services is
For E-commerce, which do you like better - Shopify or WordPress?
WordPress is an excellent and proven website building platform. Whether you are running a blog, a portfolio website, or an e-commerce store.
Shopify Is basically designed for e-commerce only. And may give it an advantage.
It is like building a coffee table using a DIY assembly kit. While using WordPress is more like buying all the tools and materials to build a table and starting from scratch.
You also have an experienced "table maker". Just a quick email or phone call away, should you struggle following the instructions.
To make the most of Shopify, it is worth spending time browsing through their Apps (there are plenty of free and paid ones).
Can be a great E-commerce platform, but there can be many more steps involved in getting it set up.
To begin with, you will need a Domain Name and a WordPress hosting account After WordPress is installed (Which RSH Web provides free). You will need to import a theme and the WooCommerce plugin to give you e-commerce functionality. You will also need to spend some time getting everything configured.
While WooCommerce is technically free, some of the free features you get with Shopify can cost you money on WordPress, adding more shipping options, for example. However, WordPress does benefit from being open source in that third-party developers are free to create new plugins all the time WooCommerce also has a broader range of themes available.
Shopify operates on a subscription basis. To sign up all you have to do is follow the process on the website, This can be completed in around 10 minutes or so Shopify guides you along the way and offers some helpful tips to get you started.
Once you are set up, you have the Shopify dashboard.
This is where you can edit your store, add products, and so on. No web design or development skills required. The options are listed in the toolbar on the left-hand side You could give another member of staff the login details, and they should be able to work with the website too.
WooCommerce is also very easy to use – once Woo is up and running. The dashboard functionality is not altogether different. It is the setup process that is a little more complicated WooCommerce is a plugin, not an all-in-one subscription solution like Shopify.
For first timers, Shopify is a great option as it has a 24-hour customer advice service that can be accessed via phone, email, or through live chat You can also make use of the free tools and advice on Shopify University.
The support that you receive using WooCommerce is less all-encompassing. As a free e-commerce plugin, it does not come with the same level of dedicated, round-the-clock support. However, there is plenty to be had from the many WordPress forums out there. You can also reach out to the WooCommerce team via woocommerce.com.
Thankfully, whichever platform you choose, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of blogs on the web that will help with any problems you might encounter.
Shopify’s pricing structure is transparent You know how much you’ll be paying, and what you are going to get. With WordPress WooCommerce, it is a little less clear. As we know, WooCommerce is free. While the cheapest Shopify subscription starts at $29 per month. While Shopify comes all-inclusive, WooCommerce may have additional costs.
It is worth noting that both offer a range of tiered upgrade options, depending on the needs of your business.
Hopefully this article has help shed some light on some of the most common questions that arise and provide a little insight into the two.