In recent years, in market, there are two most popular e-commerce platforms: Magento and Woocommerce. Each of them has its own strengths and suitability for different demands. Magento is a standalone product but now owned by Ebay and Woocommerce is a plugin for WordPress and each of them has a strong and crowded community of fans advocating. These strong supports all comes from people who are successful on their businesses. Ecommerce platforms are usually quite easy to set up and use at very reasonable price for setting up. If you are also considering an idea of starting an online business and hesitate between Magento and Woocommerce, in this article, we will make the comparison at very objective point of view to give you the whole picture of e-commerce platforms.
Firstly, the most obvious thing that everyone knows is that both of them are open source, so the original code is freely available, anyone can build or modify to create a product for their own. One main reason why both Magento and Woocommerce receive by IT community is creating an appreciation of sharing. Developers go on to share their own versions of the open source software to carry on this aspect of giving.
When your business grow, you need to pay the extras, that is how Woocommerce and Magento make money.
Finally, Woocommerce and Magento are all preferred when building an online business because they support really well for your products and communication process. In detail, you can upload unlimited amount of products and manage them on your site effectively. Adding blog to support SEO is also feasible with these two open sources.
There is a fact that if you’re already a WordPress user, when you start a new online business, you just need to add an e-commerce element to your site, Woocommerce is an ideal choice, and the reason is that Woocommerce is an extension for WordPress and it also has a tutorial video to help you deal with setting up process.
In terms of Magento’s interface, it is also quite easy to use and the tutorial video is available but problems come when you want to add extensions to your site. If you are not a master of web development, we highly recommend you to hire a Magento-specialist developer.
One obvious thing is that both ecommerce platforms are all free, initially (there is also Enterprise version of Magento). However, if you want to grow your business, it will cost you certain amount of money. While WooCommerce is limited on these basic options and the plugins and extensions that you buy will add up, it seems to be more necessary to pay money to add extensions to Magento and Magento developers are also hard to find as well as cost more to hire. WordPress is easier to use by individuals of varying experience, whereas it’d take you a long time to do it by yourself through Magento. So, right from the beginning, you should consider about long-term goal as well as your budget.
With both Magento and Woocommerce, you will be offered plenty of free and premium themes to choose with special features for each of them such as responsive layouts or demo content. A lot of WordPress themes use their ability to integrate with WooCommerce as a selling point – the developers choose this e-commerce plugin themselves. Let’s look at the example of eStore, do you think that it is so elegant and quite simple for you to customize and sell your products through Woocommerce because you simply design and manage your site through the page templates and ePanel, rather than messing around with code and PHP files.
You can refer some products of Magento and Woocommerce platform to make the comparison: