Starting an Online Store
Shopify vs. WordPress

Shopify is the most popular eCommerce website builder
WordPress is the most well-known CMS in the world

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One commonly asked questions of RSH Web Services is
For E-commerce which do you like better - Shopify or WordPress?

More accurately Shopify or WooCommerce? (plugin for WordPress)

WordPress is an excellent and proven website platform
Whether you’re running a blog, a portfolio website, or an e-commerce store.
Shopify is basically designed for e-commerce only. And this we feel gives it an advantage

Using Shopify 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.
With Shopify, you also have an experienced ‘table maker’ just an email or phone call away, should you struggle to follow the instructions

WordPress can be a great e-commerce platform, but there can be many more steps involved in getting it set up

To begin with, you’ll need a Domain Name and a Web Site hosting account After WoddPress is installed. You’ll need to import a theme and the WooCommerce plugin (among others) to give you e-commerce functionality.
You’ll also need to spend some time getting everything configured.

To make the most of Shopify, it’s worth spending time browsing through their free apps (there are plenty of paid ones too).

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.

Which is easier to use?

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’re all 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 fairly easily.

WooCommerce is also very easy to use – once it’s up and running.
The dashboard functionality is not altogether different.
It’s the setup process that’s 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 doesn’t 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 might help.
Chances are you are not the first person to experience whatever issue you’re having.

Financial considerations

Shopify’s pricing structure is transparent.
You know how much you’ll be paying, and what you’re going to get.
With WordPress/WooCommerce, it’s a little less clear.
As we know, WooCommerce is free, while the cheapest Shopify subscription starts at $29 per month.
However, while Shopify comes all-inclusive, WooCommerce may necessitate additional costs.

It’s worth noting that both offer a range of tiered upgrade options, depending on the needs of your business.
In summary, then, the financial side of things should not inform your decision so much as which platform is likely to be the best fit for your business.
Hopefully, this article has shed some light on some of the most common questions that arise and provide a little insight.


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