First question to ask yourself, your team or your client is what are the business objectives? The comes who is your audience / consumer base? What functionality do you need as your business expands? We will spend sometime in this blog outlining the overall high-level pluses and minuses with each platform to try to help you along your ecommerce path.
WooCommerce: “A free eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell anything, beautifully. Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress” Main descriptions to call out here are “plugin” and “Wordpress” You are not able to use WooCommerce on its own. The pluses to WooCommerce include having hundreds to thousands of WordPress themes to choose from which means endless style and layouts. The plugin will integrate to any WordPress theme, but will need to be updated (along with the various plugins) often. Website files should be backed up frequently and final step being to update the theme. WordPress started as a blogging platform while BigCommerce and Shopify were made for ecommerce.
BigCommerce: “Customize your site, manage shipping and payments, and list your products on Amazon, eBay, and Facebook with the #1 ecommerce platform. Essentially, WooCommerce without the WordPress front face, all in one package. There are hundreds of themes to choose form here that start free and range to up to $200. We recently created and launched a BigCammerce (custom theme) website for Cinelli, check it out! https://www.cinelli-usa.com/
Shopify: “A Canadian e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, that develops computer software for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems. Shopify was founded in 2004, and was initially based on earlier software written by its founders for their online snowboard store. Similar to BigCommerce, this is an all in one platform – hosting options included! You have the option to create a fully customized, website (front facing) and online store with you blog for the latest and greatest! Unlimited bandwidth for product inventory, payment and shipping options with 24/7 support – However, the support does not include a customer service number – chat or ticket options are readily accessible.