COVID-19 – Shopify or WooCommerce for your online business

It’s been months now as we are going through a tough phase due to the corona outbreak. As a business owner, it is important that you choose the best eCommerce suite for your business in this critical time.

So what will you look for before choosing an eCommerce solution?

  1. User Interface
  2. User friendliness
  3. Payment options
  4. Integration
  5. Scalability and most important,
  6. Budget

About Shopify

Shopify is an all-in-one eCommerce platform that makes it easy for you to create an online store, accept payments, and manage your inventory all from a single platform without ever worrying about the technical aspects.

Price:  It’s basic plan starts at $29 per month, and you can upgrade to the Shopify plan for $79 or the Advanced Shopify plan for $299 per month. Each of these plans includes domain name, SSL certificate, and web hosting. You can add unlimited products, 2 user accounts, unlimited file storage, and more.

Usability: Shopify is a fully hosted platform which means you don’t need to install, manage, or update any software.

Payments : Shopify offers plenty of payment options that you can use to receive payments from customers. Shopify offers their own Shopify Payments solution which costs 2.9% + 30 cents per transaction.You want to use third-party payment gateways or your own merchant account, then you will be charged a flat fee of 2.0% for all transactions. You can reduce this fee to 0.5% by using the Shopify Advanced plan which costs $299 per month.

Integration : Shopify comes with a powerful API and an App Store where you can buy third-party add-ons for your Shopify store. x2x eCommerce offers you a perfect integration suite for top-notch ERP solutions that can ease your inventory management and invoices.

Scalability : Shopify handles the technical parts of your store which means you don’t ever have to worry about performance, security, and scalability.

About WooCommerce

WooCommerce is an open-source eCommerce plugin built for WordPress. It allows you to customize every aspect of your store and easily build custom extensions.

Price: Bluehost, an official WordPress and WooCommerce recommended hosting provider, has agreed to offer our users a free domain name, free SSL certificate, and a discount on web hosting. This will help you start your online store for as low as $6.95 / month.

Usability : WooCommerce is not a hosted platform like Shopify. This means you will need to install WooCommerce, manage updates, keep backups, and make sure that your website is secure. There are plenty of free and paid plugins that can automate most of these tasks for you.

Payment : WooCommerce offers PayPal and Stripe payments by default. It also supports all other popular payment service providers through add-ons. WooCommerce never charges you a % fee on your store transactions which is a major plus.

Integration : WooCommerce is open source and built on top of WordPress. This gives you access to more than 55,000 free WordPress plugins and many more paid plugins.

Scalability : WooCommerce is a self-hosted platform which makes you responsible for maintaining updates, backups, and security of your website.

x2x eCommerce offers a full-blown solution that integrates with your ERP solution so you just need to worry about importing your inventory once!

Conclusion : Shopify and WooCommerce are both powerful platforms to start your eCommerce store. It truly comes down to your personal skills and preferences.

Shopify is a lot easier to use. It doesn’t require you to install anything, and you can get started quickly. Setting up payments is easier, and they have easy to understand pricing plans.

The disadvantage of Shopify is that you don’t have full control over everything. Your costs can go high with transaction fees, add-ons, and integrations.    

WooCommerce is open source and gives you full control of your website. It costs a lot lower to start an online store with WooCommerce specially with these WooCommerce hosting companies. The disadvantage is that you’ll have to maintain the software. It comes with a bit of learning curve.

The disadvantage is that you’ll have to maintain the software. It comes with a bit of learning curve.

Well, that’s from us for this week. We have been speaking to lot of companies/stores recently and 90% of them already own a webstore/on final stages of setting it up.

Now the Curb-side store feature has become a trend due to the current situation, our tool also supports the same, so no more lost customers!

I strongly recommend you to attend a 30-minute session with our experts followed by a 15-Day no-obligation demo. Send us a request at sales@x2x-ecommerce.com today!