Shopify vs WooCommerce (which one is better?)

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So, your thinking about opening up a ecommerce site?
You’re probably thinking about the differences between WooCommerce/Wordpress and a hosted SaaS solution like Shopify (right?). You might be confused which one is better for your needs, so I put together a list of things to consider when making the choice for yourself!

– Do you want self hosted or SAAS? (there is much less complexity with hosted SaaS commerce solutions like Shopify)
– How technical are you? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– Do you enjoy troubleshooting / coding? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– How many products? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– How many SKU’s? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– How many options or option sets? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– How many categories and/or subcategories of products do you need? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– Need the ability for recurring/subscription billing? (- for Shopify | + for WooCommerce)
– Are you selling wholesale and retail? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– How much wholesale functionality do you need? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– Particular payment provider you need? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– US based or worldwide shipping? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– Need full time shipping quotes? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– Need MAP functionality? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– What about coupons and discount codes? (- for Shopify | + for WooCommerce)
– Are you dropshipping? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– Need multi-warehouse functionality? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– How much of a third party eco-system do you want? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– Are you using a Mac or PC? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)
– Do you need high resolution product photos or will standard resolution work? (+ for Shopify | – for WooCommerce)

From the bullets above, it seems that Shopify is the CLEAR winner, but in the end it’s up to you. I personally have seen many many entrepreneurs use Shopify to adobe acrobat become overnight successes, and that’s simply not as easy with a WooCommerce/WordPress commerce install.

Decision: Shopify offers the best “out of the box” features and options to help you get online, and selling faster.
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Click here to see Shopify’s pricing plans

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