There is quite a debate going on today between e-commerce entrepreneurs and businesses and e-commerce aficionados about the merits of the two most popular e-commerce platforms – WooCommerce and Magento. Both of these e-commerce platforms operate as ‘freemiums’, meaning that you can use the most basic versions of them for free and you only pay for the upgrades.
On the other hand, if you are expecting to grow your online business you can bet your bottom dollar that you will eventually need those upgrades – and that is how both WooCommerce and Magento make their money. In additions to paying for upgrades to grow your shop you will also need to hire either a Magento website development company or a WooCommerce website development company – while this might cost you a bit more money initially it’s definitely preferable to making a lot of expensive mistakes if you decide to design and implement things on your own.
Magento is a stand-alone product owned by eBay while WooCommerce is a Wordpress plugin. One of the reasons why both of these platforms are extremely popular is because they are both open-source software. They have large communities of developers who freely work on the original code in an effort to create a better product.
Magento also has a very intuitive interface and has an installation wizard that helps guide you through the setup process. However, the management process grows increasingly difficult when you start expanding and adding extensions to the site. In this case, it might be a good idea to hire a good Magento website development company.
WooCommerce has fewer features than Magento and it is considered to be a ‘beginner’ e-commerce platform, targeted towards small businesses or businesses that are just starting out. On the other hand, WooCommerce can take advantage of numerous other WordPress features that are easy to manage and are most of the time free.
In the end, the choice between WooCommerce and Magento is easy and can be boiled down to this: do you see your business growing in the future? If the answer is yes then it might be smarter to invest a bit more at the beginning and go with Magento so you don’t have to struggle with a WooCommerce – Magento migration at some point. Whatever you end up choosing, make sure to contact Above1, a web development company that specializes in both WooCommerce website development and simply rocks Magento website development!