Shopify VS WooCommerce
Yes, you’ve heard Poshmark, Amazon, eBay, Mercari, and other online selling platforms that you can use. But most of the time, these platforms have a specified theme, listing procedure, or even a set amount of characters that you can use when posting your products. Why not try to create your own website instead? You can customize you very own theme, font, and website design without having to conform to pre-set marketplaces. Besides, not everyone is willing to conform to existing rules, right?
Here are other E-Commerce platforms that you can use when starting your online selling business.
Shopify is one of the most widely used e-commerce platforms in the world today. As it states on their website, Shopify is the “One platform with all the ecommerce and point of sale features you need to start, run, and grow your business.” True enough, Shopify is relatively easy to use for the average person. You don’t need to be knowledgeable in website coding to be able to use this platform. It has a very easy drag and drop interface so you can easily design your very own website however you want.
Aside from that, Shopify also offers a wide range of resources that you can utilize especially when you’re just starting out. They have free stock photos, websites for sale, logo creator, business name generator, and you can even seek professional help from a Shopify Expert from their marketplace. They also have a very helpful Shopify Blog where you can learn tons of e-commerce industry-related articles and trend reports which can help you improve and adapt your store according to industry trends.
If you are an existing Wordpress user, you can make use of WooCommece for your online selling needs. It is basically a plugin that you have to integrate with an existing Wordpress store to be able to run it. Unlike Shopify, WooCommerce is completely dependent on Wordpress so there might be a bit of a learning curve since you have to study Wordpress first before you can use WooCommerce. Nevertheless, WooCommerce can create a lot of beautifully-designed online stores and you won’t even think they are made using Wordpress because of how easy they are to use.
WooExperts can also make it easier for you to navigate through the various techniques that you can do with WooCommerce. If you’re a geeky person and loves to tinker around with back-end website codes, you can do it with WooCommerce since it is open-source, meaning you can quickly audit, modify, or extend internal programming codes if you want to which gives you better control and freedom for your site.
No matter how you prefer to sell goods online, whether you want to use an online marketplace like Amazon or you want to create your own thru Shopify, what’s important is you do the best practices in online selling which you can also find in the Honcho Blog.