How To Choose Your Selling Platform

Ecommerce platform is an incredible tool that allows merchants like yourself to sell products and services online.

Ecommerce is a software application that lets you manage your website, sales, and operations.

Start your business all on your own. 

CustomCat is integrates with two platforms; Shopify and WooCommerce.

In this article, we will discuss the basics of each platfrom so you can choose which one best fits your needs. 

Let’s dive on in. 

Shopify

Aesthetics play a big role in the online business.

Your site should be visually appealing and well organized to gain trust among your audience.

Shopify offers 10 free templates with additional 54 paid templates ranging from 140  to 180 dollars.

All design templates are mobile-friendly. 

The Basic Shopify Plan will cost you $29/month – hosting, free SSL certificate, free subdomain included.

Other Plans

Shopify Lite – sell on social media for $9/month

Advanced Shopify – discover advanced features for $299/month 

Shopify Features

  • Subscription-based
  • Online & Brick-and-mortar selling
  • Shopify has 24/7 email, chat, and phone support
  • Hosting Included
  • Free Subdomain and SSL certificate
  • Unlimited file storage
  • Over 70 payment options
  • Native support for multiple languages 

Setting Up Shopify

  • Visit Shopify.com
  • Click SignUp Button and go through the simple set up steps 

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a free WordPress Plugin.

It doesn’t offer any specific themes, however, WooCommerce allows you to design your store based on your needs.

Most WordPress themes will work with WooCommerce.

Themes

Storefront

Designed by WooCommerce Core developers. 

It features integration with WooCommerce itself.

There are several layout and color options to personalize your shop.

ThemeForest

Site where HTML/CSS authors publish their work such as WordPress templates used particularly with WooCommerce and your store.

Prices vary from $13 – $100. 

Additional Information

As we mentioned above, WooCommerce plugin is free, however you need a lot more than WooCommerce plugin to run an online business.

If you already have WordPress, chances are you already paid for hosting, the cost of a theme, a domain name, and SSL certificate.

If you want to add additional extensions such as table rate shipping and product bundles. Pricing ranges from $0 – $299.

With WooCommerce the  budget can quickly get out of hand with more extensions.

WooCommerce Features

  • Ticket and forum support 
  • Modify your store based on your needs
  • Complete control over your data
  • Thousands of themes available via WordPress and Themeforest 

Setting Up WooCommerce

  • Get Domain Name 
  • Sign up for a hosting account
  • Install WordPress
  • Then, install WordPress Theme 
  • Last but not least, WooCommerce Plugin and get started with designing your store 

Thoughts

Shopify is hands down the easiest setup for a beginner. Sign up and pay a monthly subscription fee to sell. Shopify takes care of everything for you.

WooCoomerce is for you if you are techsavvy individuals. With WooCommerce you have a complete control of the store’s design and more. If you have a limited budget and cannot afford subscription-based platform just yet WooCommerce is for you.

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