Shopify Vs WooCommerce (2021)

All the information in this post is based on my personal opinion & research. I encourage you to read more reviews online & make your own decision based on which model you think will work best for you in the long run. 

Spotify Costs in a nutshell

Spotify costs will start at £228.07 per year plus domain name (£12).
Popular Apps to extend the functionality 

Royal Mail shipping options: £88 p.year
Offer Gift Cards: £70 p.year

Shopify Vs WooCommerce (2021)

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WooCommerce Costs in a nutshell

WooCommerce will cost you more in the first year, for design & setup.  A similar Woo Website will cost approx £290 once off  plus domain name per year

Shopify

Shopify is one of the fastest-growing e-commerce solutions with more than 800,000 online stores. Shopify is a web application that allows you to create your own online store, it runs on its own servers so you don’t have to buy additional web hosting (normally around £8 per month). Shopify provides you with a range of ‘themes’ that can be customized to meet your own branding requirements and allows you to sell either physical or digital products. Click here to view the theme options. If you want additional functionally not included in your chosen package you may need to pay additional monthly subscriptions

Accepting payments
Shopify Payments – Credit Card Payments costs 2.2% + 20p per sale (if using Shopify Payments)
Refunding a Customer: Card processing fees won’t be returned in the event of having to refund a customer.

Ongoing Fees / Costs
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Basic Shopify $26/month

Sell unlimited products. Shopify will charge a 2% transaction fee unless you use Shopify Payments.

Shopify $71/ month

With more e-commerce features like gift cards and abandoned cart recovery. Transaction fees are 1% unless you use Shopify Payments.

Advanced Shopify $266/ month

Get advanced reports and automatically calculated shipping rates. Transaction fees are 0.5% unless you use Shopify Payments.

    PROS

    • You can easily do it all yourself or hire a developer
    • Quicker to get up and running
    • Easy to use interface
    • 24/7 support

    CONS

    • Preset themes – very little customisation
    • Ongoing Costs – while cheaper to get up and running, your monthly charges will be more than a WooCommerce site
    • Premium (more out the box themes) are expensive
    • If you want to add additional functionality, you may have to pay extra per month
      For example, Royal Mail Shipping – add’s multiple shipping options for your clients, but costs an extra £88 per year
    • You can’t move your site to another “host” or platform easily

    WordPress + WooCommerce

    There are over 5 million WooCommerce stores currently active on the web. WooCommerce is an open-source platform, which means it is free to install. WooCommerce turns any WordPress website into an online store. Almost every element is customisable so you can get a truly “out the box” website and there is a wide range of FREE and PAID plugins (apps) that you can use to add functionality as and when you need it.

    Accepting payments
    You can choose to use any number of “payment gateways” including PayPal, Stripe or even EFT. You will need to check what the processing fees are for your chosen option.
    Refunding a Customer: Card processing fees won’t be returned in the event of having to refund a customer.

    Ongoing Fees / Costs
    Depending on any additional functionality, your ongoing costs are limited to hosting (£8 per month), the domain name (£12 per year) and paying your developer if you need any changes

      PROS

      • Limitless customisation options – many free and paid themes to choose from
      • You own your website and can move it to another host at any time
      • Very scalable (vast library of free or paid plugins for additional functionality)
      • Value for money – you only pay your developer for what you want + annual hosting & domain name
      • Plenty of supporting videos on YouTube etc to help you find your way around

        CONS

        • Unless you are Tech-savvy, you will need to pay a developer to built the site for you
        • Initial costs are higher as your development takes more time
        • While massively customisable, this does cost extra
        • The steeper learning curve to managing your own site

          Conclusion

          So which one is best?
          It’s not a straightforward answer and typically varies from person to person, based on several factors – such as your technical ability, how hands-on or off you would like to be and how you see your website growing over the coming years.

          Choose Shopify if…

          • You want to get up and running quickly
          • You have little or no tech-knowledge and don’t want to pay anyone to build it for you
          • You are happy with a standard template/layout
          • You want 24/7 support

          Choose WooCommerce if

          • You want a more personalised looking website
          • You want full control over every aspect of your e-store
          • You want full ownership of your content
          • You have some tech-knowledge or are prepared to learn

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