What is an E-commerce Platform?
E-commerce platform is an incredible tool that allows merchants like yourself to sell products and services online. E-commerce is a software application that allows you to manage your website, sales, and operations. You can start your business all on your own without any web design experience.
CustomCat is integrated with two platforms; Shopify and WooCommerce. In this article, we will discuss which platform best fits your needs.
Esthetics are everything in the e-commerce business. Your site should be visually appealing and well organized for customers to trust and purchase your products or services. Shopify offers 10 FREE templates with additional 54 paid templates ranging from $140 – $180. All design templates are mobile-friendly.
Shopify pricing is very clear and there are no hidden or additional costs that user have to worry about. The Basic Shopify Plan will cost you $29/month and everything you need to start selling is included – (Hosting Included, Free SSL Certificate, Free Subdomain).
Additional plans include:
Shopify Lite – sell on social media for $9/month
Advanced Shopify – discover advanced features for $299/month
Pros of Shopify that WooCommerce doesn’t have:
- 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
How to Set Up Shopify
- Visit Shopify.com
- Click SignUp Button and go through the simple set up steps
WooCommerce is a FREE WordPress Plugin, and 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.
Other ways to customize your store to your particular needs:
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.
Like mentioned above WooCommerce plugin is FREE but 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 to have your blog or site up and running. If you want to add additional extensions such as table rate shipping and product bundles. Pricing ranges from $0 – $299. WooCommerce is free so your budget can quickly get out of hand the more extensions you purchase.
Pros of WooCommerce that Shopify doesn’t have:
- Ticket and forum support
- Modify your store based on your needs
- Complete control over your data
- Thousands of themes available via WordPress and Themeforest
How to Set 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
Eeny meeny miney moe. Which one will you choose?
Are you a Shopify E-Commerce Seller or WooCommerce seller? Shopify has hands down the easiest set up for a beginner, all you have to do is sign up and pay a monthly subscription fee to sell. Shopify takes care of everything for you. WooCoomerce is for you if you are web-savvy and want to have a complete control of your store. Maybe you happen to have a very limited budget and cannot afford subscription-based platform yet. In reality, you know yourself better than we do, so choose a platform based on your abilities.