WooCommerce vs Magento
Which platform is right for you? If you are a business owner, developer, designer or just someone that is interested in web technology I’m sure you’ve asked yourself this question. When it comes to ecommerce, there are hundreds of options out there, but at the end of the day, the burning question always seems to come down to whether you should go with WooCommerce or Magento.
Both WooCommerce and Magento are open source platforms – what is open source you might ask? Well, in short it means they are both free solutions, and any interested developer is invited to contribute to the platform. This results in a product that is very tuned into the consumer and general public. Also, as a result, both platforms have a multitude of plugins or add-ons that can easily be added to your ecommerce solution to better serve your users and improve their experience.
WooCommerce offers an easy to install and administrative function from the WordPress backend. It seamlessly integrates into any WordPress site, and gives you a vast array of options to customise your store’s unique requirement. Since it plugs into WordPress, you can easily take advantage of WordPress’ blog functionality as well as thousands of available themes.
However, for bigger ecommerce sites WooCommerce might not be the best solution. We feel that WooCommerce is an excellent choice and best suited for small to medium ecommerce services. There are numerous success stories of WooCommerce based websites that feature over 30 000 products. However, once you get to over 70 000 products, WooCommerce might not be the ideal programme for you.
It’s robust and secure.
Magento can easily handle ecommerce solutions on a large scale. Its robust features allow for easy integration into CRM systems that form part of your online store. Magento prides itself on being an extremely secure system. It also lets you define advanced product features such as different sizes, colors, delivering methods etc. If you use the right developer, you can enjoy its limitless flexible features and many themes.
However, development for Magento is very expensive when compared to WooCommerce. The system is highly complex and one needs to be sure that the developer knows what they are doing otherwise you might find yourself spending a lot more money than you initially anticipated.
So which is the better platform? There is no right or wrong answer and it all depends on your business’ needs. Both packages offer a free-of-charge community version and excellent ecommerce platforms.If your business is based on ecommerce and you plan on selling over 35 000 products look towards Magento. If your business has additional focuses with smaller ecommerce requirements then WooCommerce would be the better option
We would be happy to take a look at your site’s ecommerce requirements to give you personalised advice on technology, strategy and implementation. We will help you get the ball rolling – contact us now!