Hello guys, in this article we’re going to be doing an update, look at Shopify vs. WooCommerce, what platform is best to use when building your eCommerce store, is it Shopify or WooCommerce?
For most people, especially my subscribers here at Meshrange, there are five key questions that they want answers to before deciding which platform is best for them:
1# Which requires the least start-up money Shopify vs. Woocommerce?
This is kind of debatable you could agree that WooCommerce does, but for most people, they’re going to find that Shopify will cost them the least amount of money to get started. With Shopify you have two options you can pay for your plan on a monthly basis, or you can pay for a whole year with discount.
For most users the Shopify basic plan is perfect, and they don’t need to purchase a bigger subscription plan. If you select the monthly basic plan that means that you can get started for just $29. You’ll still need to purchase a domain name of course, and the easiest solution for most people is to purchase it with Shopify. If you do that a domain name is going to cost you $14. So in total, you could get started with a Shopify store today for just $43. Now let’s compare that to WooCommerce, on the surface WooCommerce should be the cheapest, because it’s free after all WooCommerce is just a free WordPress plugin and that always attracts a lot of people because it’s free. But it’s not actually free, because you still need to purchase web hosting for your store, and that costs money. In the past you could get away with using super cheap web hosting from places like iPage and the reason for that was that an SSL certificate was not necessary, and super cheap web hosting like iPage did not include it.
However, some recent changes in 2017 made having an SSL certificate basically necessary, if you don’t include it then Google and Chrome will now flag your site ass not secure as you see in the picture, so no more than ever, it is no longer an optional expense. Now in my update 2019 tutorial where I taught everybody how to create WooCommerce dropshipping store, the web hosting that I use as part of it it was SiteGround. The startup plan from SiteGround is perfect for most people, and it includes an SSL certificate I will show you how in a new post. While you can choose to get a month trial for $3.95, they make you pay an additional fee of $14.95 and after the first month they will re-bill you for a one-year subscription plan anyway, you can’t pay monthly ongoing. So most people want to select this and just skip to the one-year subscription plan of $47.40 which of course, is more money than Shopify’s $29.
I also find that a lot of beginners prefer to purchase their domain names through their web hosts, and the reason for this is because if you do that it will automatically connect your domain name to your web host, which makes it a lot easier during the setup process.
With SiteGround, this is also more expensive then Shopify costing $15.95, that means for most people getting started with SiteGround, they’re going to be spending $63.35, which is more expensive than getting started with Shopify. Just a quick note, if you’re on a super tight budget and are willing to learn about connecting domain names to your store, you can buy .com domain name from Namecheap for just $11 a year. However, I recommend that most beginners just spend the extra few dollars and purchase their domain names through either Shopify or SiteGround to make it easier.
2# Shopify vs. Woocommerce: what will cost you the most money in the long-term?
There is absolutely no contest here you are going to save far more money in the long-term with a WooCommerce store. Now up front, you’re going to have to spend $47.40 to get your web hosting going, but keep in mind that lasts for 12 whole months. If you do the math a basic Shopify plan over 12 is going to cost you $348, you can save money by purchasing a 12 month subscription in advance, but the savings are only 10% so it’s still going to be costing you $313, so $47 or $313, I know $47 is cheaper so WooCommerce definitely wins here.
3# Shopify vs. Woocommerce: Which is cheaper if you plan on opening multiple stores?
A question that we get asked occasionally is, whether you can open more than one store on a Shopify account? the answer is no you can’t, if you open a store called BT on Shopify selling cars accessory, you can’t also go and create a new store called SL selling cat trinkets.
You would have to open one Shopify plan for $29 a month BT, and then you would have to open an additional $29 a month account for cat trinkets. All in all, would be paying $58 a month for both of these stores. Now let’s compare that to WooCommerce
Most people are usually only looking to start a single store which is why I recommend the startup plan with SiteGround as it’s the cheapest, but a limitation with it is that it only lets you host a single website.
What you could instead choose to do is purchase the GrowBig plan, which it’s your hosts as many websites as you like on a single account that will cost you $5.95 billed annually, which means you’ll be paying upfront $71.40 and you will get hosting for as many sites s you like for 12 months. But Price is not everything, which is what I’m about to get into, but if you are very price sensitive then there is no contest, WooCommerce is definitely cheaper than Shopify.
4# Shopify vs. Woocommerce: Which is easiest for beginners to use?
Just like there was no contest for the last question, there is no contest for this one here, Shopify is the easiest for beginners, Shopify has genuinely revolutionized the world of eCommerce, it has never been so simple and easy for beginners to create stores. There are many reasons why Shopify is a lot nicer and easy to use, but a very major point here is that Shopify was only created for the sole purpose of making eCommerce stores. If you want to then your store into a completely different website then you are just out of luck, because the only thing that Shopify does is build beautiful stores. Now let’s compare that to WooCommerce, now the thing about WooCommerce is that it is simply a plugin that plugs into WordPress, which was initially built to build blog sites and then it turns that into an eCommerce store. So before you can install WooCommerce, you actually have to install WordPress on your site, and turn it into a blog site, you then install the WooCommerce plugin into you WordPress blog, which adds functionality that turns it into an eCommerce store, now if this is already confusing you then you should just stick to Shopify. So because of the facts that you are taking what was initially supposed to be blog software and now turning it into an eCommerce store the interface and the menus are quite awkward and difficult for beginners to navigate to use.
There will be still lots of blog options, settings and features installed and available to them, that are not relevant to them, which makes it confusing and distracting, the interface is not intuitive, plus is a lot more glitchy and I can not emphasize that enough, that’s because of the fact that WordPress is not well optimized for WooCommerce, Whereas Shopify is incredibly streamlined incredibly optimized, and has basically no glitches at all.
plus even if you do run into problems you get access to 24/7 support, you can contact Shopify directly through either phone or live chat, and get someone to help you right then and there.
The Shopify support is incredible, they will literally hold your hand and walk you through the process step by step, but if you go with WooCommerce you are on your own, after all, it is a free plugin, there is no one there to hold your hand
5# Shopify vs. Woocommerce: Which has the best drop shipping plugin?
Most of my subscribers here on Meshrange are interested in creating eCommerce stores because they want to run Aliexpress dropshipping stores on them, so this is a very relevant question for them. For Shopify, the best drop shipping plugin is Oberlo, and for WooCommerce it is Alidropship and the honest truth is that Oberlo is the best of the two.
First of all, it requires no startup investment with Oberlo, Unlike Alidropship which costs $89 to purchase, now this is a one-off purchase, which is something to keep in mind. Once you are making more than 50 sales a month you will start having to pay a $29 a month fee with Oberlo, but once you get to the point where you’re making 50 plus sales a month the $29 a month plan shouldn’t be a problem for you. And AliDropship definitely has more glitches than Oberlo. Now, don’t get me wrong.
What the Alidropship team created was quite remarkable, but like how WordPress was not build to be optimized with the WooCommerce plugin, WooCommerce was not built to be optimized with Alidropship plugin. Shopify actually acquired Oberlo in May of 2017. It means then that Oberlo is incredibly well optimized for Shopify, it integrates like a dream, and it is basically free. So their guys there are definitely some advantages to using WooCommerce money wisely, I also understand that some people are always going to choose it anyway, because they like using WordPress in general, but ultimately I do think that Shopify is going to be the right platform for most of my subscribers because of the fact that is cheaper and easier to get set up initially and get selling, thanks for reading if you would like more posts about making money selling online then be sure to subscribe to my newsletter here on Meshrange if you have any opinion just share it on a comment below.