WooCommerce IntroductionWooCommerce is a free, open-source WordPress plugin that can turn
your basic platform in a powerful e-commerce solution. It is a great tool,
chosen by many users due to its intuitive interface, variety of functionalities
and reliability. Here
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The idea for this platform
arose in 2008. First it was a small project developed by three people who
hadn’t even met each other. They started by developing a theme and then stacked
their efforts and slow and steady headed towards their present position. In
2015 WooCommerce has over 7 million downloads and the team already has 55
members from 19 countries. In 2016 the platform has a major share in the
e-commerce marketplace with its nearly 18 million downloads.
Many customers that need to develop an online store are prone to build
it using the WooCommerce plugin. To depict its share among the overall usage of
e-commerce platforms we have made a research and here are the results:
As you can see from the chart above around 25% of all users who are
building an e-commerce website are using WooCommerce.
Let’s see the basic advantages of
using this WordPress plugin instead of other platforms:
- The script is
is easy to use
- It has a lot
of built-in functionalities
- There are a
lot of themes developed for WooCommerce - both free and paid ones
- The script
is regularly updated and therefore - secure
- It has a
large community, which is great if you have any issues or questions
The WooCommerce plugin, available for WordPress allows you to build an
online store full with functionalities and customizable look. You can add and
manage products, organize them under specific categories, manage the prices,
taxes, shipping and payment options.
Since WooCommerce and Magento are the two mostly used platforms for
online stores, actually taking over 50% of the overall usage we are bound to
make a comparison between the two of them.
Magento is popular application among large companies who can afford
hiring a website developer or a team of such who would manage and keep the
website up and running. It is scalable solution and it is perfect for those
with grand plans for the near future. However for running Magento you will need
a huge budget for setup and management.
On the other hand WooCommerce which works through WordPress is a flagman
for small businesses and those with less development experience. It is good to
know that with a small investment for a theme and a little time you can build a
basic website that will actually sell your products and as your business grows
you can add various plugins, widgets or another theme to provide a better
experience for your customers. It is also the best solution for all of you who
are used to the WordPress platform since it is based on it.