With each passing day, more and more people are deciding to launch their own e-commerce stores. But almost instantly they are met with more questions on answers.
Which platform should I use for my e-commerce site? Will I have to shell out any money? Which products can I sell? These are the numerous questions that first-timers have to contend with when trying to make a decision.
As is the case with many other things in life, the answer on whether to use WordPress or Shopify is that it depends!
E-commerce Themes: Can You Use WordPress for Everything?
For those who have been on the web for a while, the answer has always been Yes. But after a careful assessment of what you can do with Shopify, it is possible to start getting second thoughts.
As a website platform, WordPress is deemed to be very good. It is a platform that easily copes with anything that can be thrown its way. Additionally, it makes it possible for people the world over to see your site.
But on the other hand, e-commerce stores are entirely different. They cannot be compared with news websites or standalone blogs.
With WordPress, it is all about the content. Its structure allows you to post pictures, videos, and blog posts, all of which are free. Anyone can view the content as soon as they stumble upon your blog.
And this is where it differs from Shopify. E-commerce stores are very different.
The content of e-commerce stores lies behind paywalls. Your site has to be careful on how it handles data, including customers’ credit and debit card information. As such, the site has to be secure and needs to be very fast in handling, and processing data, while ensuring that there are no security breaches.
What Differentiates the Two?
Shopify can be compared to an online service or tool. WordPress, on the other hand, is more of a standalone tool. You have to install WordPress personally.
To use Shopify, all you are required to do is access their website and open an account. You will then need to go through a simplified setup process, and voila! Your e-commerce store will go live.
With WordPress, the process is a little bit complicated. You have to have a host, purchase a domain, pick a theme, and find a plugin for the e-commerce services. You also need to configure the payment gateways.
From the above, there are apparent differences between the two service providers.
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