WooCommerce Vs Magento ! How do I power my E-commerce website?
Thinking of taking your business online? Selling your products on an online market can be lucrative for your brand. Your next step should be on setting up an e-commerce website. A haven for your goods. The hub for your customers to come to interact with your brand. You must realize that a brand is much more than just your product or service. It is how you represent yourself online. This is the design, feel and user experience of your e-commerce website is as equally important as the quality of your product. There are a number of platforms that you can choose to power your website. And we are here to talk about the two most popular ones. WooCommerce and Magento.
More than half of the websites on the internet 37,500,000 are being powered by WordPress. This is why a lot of them choose to go with their plugin WooCommerce that can help your brand seamlessly transform into an e-commerce website. The transition is simple, easy and cheap. Just like Magento, WooCommerce is also powered by PHP. It is quite the lightweight platform and as it is a plugin you can expect the easiest of interfaces. But if you want to delve deeper for more functionality, you can’t find that here. The catalog and order management capabilities of WooCommerce is kind of limited when compared to Magento too.
Trellis has created a perfect Pros vs Cons list for us to think things through:
|A plugin to WordPress (You get the value of WordPress CMS)||Weak database architecture for high order volume and scalability|
|Typically lower cost of ownership||Often requires many additional plugins to achieve ideal functionality that can lead to version conflicts and bugs|
|Easy to get started with||Minimal out of the box features|
|Lower learning curve||Only one version of WooCommerce (no enterprise edition)|
|Works well with content focused sites that can leverage WordPress CMS capabilities||Many bad developers and agencies that build buggy sites|
|A large number of themes to choose from|
|Great for sites selling content like eBooks, podcasts, etc|
|Many free plugins available|
|Cheaper to host in most cases|
|Largest open source community and user base of any platform|
Magento, unlike WooCommerce, is definitely not an easy platform for beginners to jump into. Magento is to e-commerce what a tool shed is for a motorbike mechanic. It is easy to use self-fix kit. It’s a fully functional garage with the complicated tools ever. But with practice and experience, you can literally restore even the most damaged of motorbikes. Magento powers some of the biggest e-commerce websites on the planet, and that too for a reason. If you are running a small to middle business, you might find it intimidating at the start. But hiring professionals to run it for you will be worth it. Let’s check out the Pros and Cons for Magento.
|Enterprise-focused with incredible scalability||Typically higher cost of ownership|
|Multiple versions with Enterprise, Open Source, Cloud, and other products||Larger learning curve to use|
|A huge community of quality developers and high-quality agencies||Larger application with higher maintenance overhead typically|
|A large amount of out of the box functionality||Most extensions cost money|
|eCommerce first product unlike WordPress with WooCommerce||Frontend theming is more complicated|
|MVC framework for scalability||Hosting is fairly costly|
|Strong B2B eCommerce capabilities|
|Multistore out of the box|
|Strong product data capabilities for large and complex catalogs|
|Robust Order Management|
|More advanced payment and shipping capabilities|
|More robust promotion capabilities|