WooCommerce is the most used eCommerce plugin for WordPress. It has over 4 million installations. It is responsible for 30% of all online shops in the world. It is easy to use and seamlessly integrates with WordPress.
We’ll be diving deeper into WooCommerce’s pros and cons and comparing it to a well-known eCommerce provider later. But let’s get a glimpse at three reasons why we believe WooCommerce is the best eCommerce platform:

It is free and open-source
It is simple to use
It is home to an active global community

We recommend you to watch this short introduction video to WooCommerce before diving in further.

WooCommerce online store in WordPress: Why choose it?

WooCommerce is a great choice for your eCommerce website, but there are many other options.

Open-source is a huge belief in our company. We believe that you have control over your website and all its data. WooCommerce is an open source plugin that can handle most needs right out of the box. However, it can be extended with thousands of plugins and extensions built around the WooCommerce or WordPress ecosystems.

There is a high chance that WooCommerce can be integrated with the service you want to integrate it with, whether you are looking to offer shipping services through your local postal agency or logistics company, or to accept payment methods specific for your country. What if WooCommerce doesn’t offer the option you want?

Many developers and companies offer extensions, integrations, and plugins that make it easier for online store owners to use WooCommerce.

WooCommerce’s open-source nature makes it a great choice for any project. You can either create the integration from scratch or hire a WooCommerce expert who will do it for you. There is a huge demand for WordPress developers and WooCommerce experts. You can find agencies and freelancers who specialize in both.

WooCommerce is very user-friendly, despite all the open source developer talk. The plugin has an integrated configuration process that will take you from start-to-up and running in no time. All you need to do is activate it.

WooCommerce vs. Shopify

Shopify is an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) eCommerce platform that allows people to start selling online and build their own stores without any coding knowledge. Shopify is not the only SaaS eCommerce product, there are many others, but it is the most widely used. We decided to compare Shopify with WooCommerce to find out how they compare.

WordPress and WooCommerce may sound more complex than Shopify. You have to install everything and configure it yourself, as well as code the entire store.

It’s not true. You can get your WordPress site up and running quickly by choosing the right hosting provider. Then, you will need to activate and install the WooCommerce plugin. The business plan we offer is specifically tailored for WooCommerce. It comes with the plugin installed. Click activate to begin the setup process.

WooCommerce has a greater number of themes than any other platform. If you require customisation to your website, you will be able to do it with a few simple CSS commands. Numerous tutorials are available to help you learn the basics of CSS. Shopify, however, is built on its Liquid coding system. This means that Shopify users will need to hire a professional to code for their platform.

Prices vary depending on what you need, but Shopify users typically start at $29/month plus transaction charges. This number will go up if you need additional features or extensions. The downside to Shopify is that many plugins and integrations that you can either find free of charge or pay a one-time fee with WooCommerce add to your monthly eCommerce site bill. WordPress and WooCommerce can be hosted on your own server to receive it almost for free.

While basic shared hosting plans are good for getting you started, eCommerce sites will have their earnings directly affected by how fast and secure the website is and whether it experiences downtime. Seravo is a top-of-the-line hosting provider that will ensure your customers have the best experience possible while shopping at your store.

WooCommerce: Should you Use It?

We don’t see any reason to not use WooCommerce, if your website is hosted with a trusted hosting company that offers expert WordPress support. There are many alternatives, but they have much higher monthly costs than WooCommerce and managed WordPress hosting providers. You get the best of both the worlds. This allows you to keep control over your website, customers, and data while still receiving the same level of support as commercial eCommerce platforms such as Shopify or Big Commerce.