Are you planning to create an e-commerce website for your business but confused upon the selection of right platform?
Most of the web developers insist upon choosing WordPress to build your online store while some of them prefers to use OpenCart.
Yes, it’s true that these 2 software/plugins are among the major leading e-commerce platforms, but both of them have their own specialities & qualities which you must consider.
In this blog post, I have covered some of the major differentiating factors between WooCommerce & OpenCart that will help you to choose appropriate one for your website development.
WooCommerce, being one of the WordPress plugins, need a WordPress website to setup an e-commerce store. In other words, WooCommerce is not a standalone option. It requires WordPress to work.
OpenCart is a standalone platform and you can create an e-commerce website using PHP & MySQL.
#2 Ease Of Setup
WooCommerce is fairly easy to setup. It’s available free of cost to download and use.
Even a non-programmer webmaster can also create a basic e-commerce website using WooCommerce. Although you will need a web developer to give your e-commerce website a professional look & power-packed features.
OpenCart is also available free of cost to use but the it has a steep learning curve. You definitely need a web developer to setup and customize your e-commerce store when you are using OpenCart.
Although a lot of help and materials are available online, but in order to use them, you need to have a programming background.
WooCommerce wins the battle when it comes to the usability of backend. The admin section of WooCommerce websites is so easy to manage that a layman can understand to use it in just few hours.
For example, creating a discount coupon or product category on WooCommerce is as simple as few clicks only.
OpenCart, however requires a bit more time for the webmasters to understand and use it.
Although both of these platforms are SEO-friendly, but you get more options to install and use SEO plugins in case of WooCommerce. Not only that, you can easily customize these plugins yourself without hiring any web developer.
OpenCart do provides basic SEO elements like insertion of important meta tags however you need to go deep in order to explore advance SEO options for your OpenCart website.
Again, if you are not a programmer, then you will have to hire an OpenCart developer to make your website SEO-friendly.
In case of WooCommerce, you can use several 3rd party plugins that are compatible with WooCommerce, to enhance the features of your e-commerce store. Most of these plugins are available free of cost and few of them are nominally paid.
Even if you need some advance customization in your WooCommerce website, you can easily hire an affordable WordPress developer.
OpenCart also comes with plenty of extensions (in WordPress, they are known as plugins) that can be integrated to enhance the functionality of your existing OpenCart website. Same as in the case of WooCommerce, you can find & hire affordable OpenCart developers too.
However the option of extensions and web developers for OpenCart are not as many as in case of WooCommerce.
In case of WooCommerce, you can find hundreds of free and paid themes that you can use & change the design of your e-commerce store.
in case of OpenCart, you won’t find several options of themes however you can anytime find a web developer who can help you to change the design of your e-commerce store.
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Every thing has some benefits and certain drawbacks too. Now as you know, there are lots of options for 3rd party plugins & themes that can be used to enhance any WooCommerce website, some of these plugins or themes may not be secured and can affect the security of your website too.
It is, therefore advised to take necessary precautions before choosing WordPress plugins & themes for your website.
This doesn’t mean at all, that WordPress websites are not secured. But your WordPress developer needs to take care of your website security by choosing legitimate plugins & themes and following certain security guidelines.
OpenCart based e-commerce websites are more secured as compared to WordPress websites because of the limited options that it has, for integration of 3rd party extensions.
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If you need an affordable e-commerce website, you can choose WordPress but at the same time, be cautious while choosing a reliable WooCommerce developer for your website in order to ensure its security.
However, if you have enough budget to build a robust e-commerce website, you can go with OpenCart.