Shopify or WordPress?
Which one is better?
A common confusion that many startups face. So if you find yourself stuck in the same doubt then read on for an in depth comparison of both platforms. @CloudPloys we integrate both platforms and from our experience we have described their key features and the reasons why one platform will serve your business’ needs best over the other when building an e-commerce website.
But first let’s have a quick overview of both platforms…
What is Shopify?
Shopify is a web application designed to allow businesses to build & launch their own online store. It has a range of pre-integrated templates that can be altered to meet individual businesses’ branding requirements. Both physical and digital goods can be sold here.
The key idea behind Shopify is to enable non-tech users with no design skills to create a store themselves — without any coding. However, Shopify also allows you to edit the HTML and CSS of your website, which means that those who do have coding skills will be able to customize their stores more extensively…Obviously! This skill should never be undervalued.
Shopify is pre-hosted by Shopify’s server, so you don’t need to worry about buying web hosting or installing software. The idea is that pretty much everything you need to build and run your store comes within the package along with the customisation functionality of a Shopify store to meet extra specific requirements through the addition of apps — more on this later.
Shopify is a software service tool (‘SaaS’) — this means that you don’t own a copy of the software, but instead pay a monthly subscription fee to use it. Also, as it is a web application, it runs on cloud — so, you can manage your store from anywhere & anytime as long as you have access to a web browser and the internet.
What is WordPress?
There are two different versions of WordPress available:
- Hosted WordPress
- Self-hosted WordPress
Hosted WordPress — available at wordpress.com — is, like Shopify, a software service tool (‘SaaS’). You pay a monthly subscription fee to use it and get access to a wide pool of features to build and maintain a website
It’s a less equipped version of Shopify and users need to use third party tools like Ecwid, Woocommerce (or indeed Shopify!) to add e-commerce features to it.
Self-hosted WordPress — a downloadable software from wordpress.org which is then installed on your own web server. It’s open-source, meaning that the code behind it is freely available and can be easily tweaked if the need be.
This means that sites built with WordPress can be customized to the nth degree — making it an extremely flexible tool that, in the hands of the “right website developer” = “@CloudPloys developer”, or via the installation of the right plugins, can be improvised to meet the requirements of nearly any web design project.
WordPress can be installed for free on your server, but what one needs to consider is hosting costs, domain registration charges and potential plugin / development costs.
Our next article called “WordPress Users VS Shopify Users” for more in-depth discussion on this…