Which is better: Shopify vs. Woocommerce (in 2017)? Find out which one you should use.
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In this video, Sarah from Wholesale Ted discusses which is better for 2017: Shopify or Woocommerce? To do this, she asks three questions.
***Links referenced in this video***
How to Create a Shopify Dropshipping Store: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IakKkA_DWdQ
How to Create an Ecommerce Store (with Woocommerce): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQzy6rtGs3Q
How to Dropship from Aliexpress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CWrd2gdTIs
How to Start a Business with No Money: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17X6gnJT2II
Question #1: What is your budget?
When choosing between Shopify vs. Woocommerce, you need to consider what your budget is, and whether you can afford Shopify, because it is going to cost you more money to open a Shopify store than it will to open a Woocommerce store.
Shopify has 3 plans:
* Basic Shopify which costs $29/month
* Shopify which costs $79/month
* Advanced Shopify which costs $299/month
For most people, the $29/month plan is perfect and you don’t need a different one. You can purchase a domain name from Shopify for $13/year.
On the other hand, Woocommerce is a FREE plugin which you use in-conjunction with a FREE open-source software called WordPress. It’s not entirely free because you will still need to buy web hosting and a domain name (and if you want to host a payment gateway on your domain, then you’ll need to buy an SSL certificate).
For many people, they’ll already have web hosting, making this an attractive, low-cost option as all you’ll need to buy is the domain name.
Even if you don’t have web hosting, you call still get web hosting for $36/year with iPage (http://wholesaleted.com/go/ipage) which works out to be much cheaper than Shopify.
Not only is it cheaper to purchase web hosting and install Woocommerce/Wordpress, but you can also host multiple stores on the same web hosting, whereas with Shopify you can only host 1 store with each monthly plan. If you want to host multiple stores, it will be substantially cheaper to use Woocommerce.
If money is an important consideration for you, then when it comes to Shopify vs. Woocommerce, it is Woocommerce that comes out on top.
Question #2: How much time do you have to spend?
When it comes to Shopify vs. Woocommerce for time commitment, you’re going to find that you’ll spend less time with Shopify than you will with Woocommerce.
That is because Shopify is much easier to navigate. Our video which teaches how to create a Shopify store took less than 40 minutes – whereas our video in which we teach how to create a Woocommerce store took 69 minutes!
Shopify is very beginner-friendly and it has a simplified menu system. It makes it less flexible for developers, but the streamlined menu means that beginners are going to run into less problems. Plus, Shopify also include 24/7 support, which includes phone and livechat.
When it comes to business, including the dropshipping business, time is money. Time is a scarcer resource. The faster you get up and running, then the faster you will start earning money.
If time is important for you, then you should consider using Shopify.
Question #3: What is your marketing strategy?
When discussing the question of Shopify vs. Woocommerce, the final thing you need to ask yourself is how you plan to generate traffic.
If you plan on using paid advertising (such as Google Adwords or Facebook ads) then both Shopify and Woocommerce are great choices.
If you plan on using social traffic (such as Facebook fan pages and Instagram accounts) then again both Shopify and Woocommerce are great choices.
But if you plan on using SEO (search engine optimization) then you might want to consider Woocommerce, as Woocommerce uses WordPress, which is very well optimized for the Google search engine, which will make it easier to rank for keywords.
So remember, when choosing between Shopify vs. Woocommerce, ask yourself these 3 questions:
1. What is your budget?
2. How much time do you have?
3. What is your traffic/marketing strategy?
Which one will you choose? Let us know in the comments section below!
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