If you want to make a webshop you can choose from different open source solutions. If you work a lot with WordPress you will undoubtedly have seen WooCommerce come over. Another popular system for web shops is Magento. But which of the two is better?
Both WooCommerce and Magento are very popular for making webshops. In this article, I outline the differences between WooCommerce and Magento so that you can make a choice between the two systems.
Magento vs. WooCommerce
Magento is open source eCommerce software from Adobe. You can build a webshop with Magento, accept payments and manage products. Magento has a free version (the “community edition”) and several paid (premium) solutions with extra features, including cloud hosting and extra support.
WooCommerce is also open source but does not stand alone (like Magento). WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin and therefore can not function without WordPress. With WooCommerce you can build a webshop relatively easily, accept payments and manage your inventory. Because it is built on WordPress, everyone can easily develop extensions (plugins) for WooCommerce and there are many themes available that give your website a professional look.
To be able to make a choice between WooCommerce and Magento, it is important to know which of the two costs the most.
The community edition of Magento is just like WordPress free software that you can install on your server. In the free version are not all features and there is (logically) no support included. Besides this free community edition, there is Magento Commerce. This is a package that includes cloud hosting. The costs of these packages are not on the website of Magento, but it is a monthly amount that partly depends on your turnover.
Also, the free version of Magento is not cheap to use. You need at least (managed) VPS hosting to be able to run Magento stably, and for certain features, you need several paid extensions (or a developer) so the costs can increase significantly.
WooCommerce can be downloaded and installed by anyone on a
WordPress website. In fact, you can install WooCommerce directly from WordPress, because the plugin is “just” in the plugin repository. WooCommerce is free, of course, you need a domain name, hosting and an SSL certificate. For WooCommerce too, the more extras you want, the more you will lose.
Starting a webshop with WooCommerce is a lot easier to access than Magento. With WooCommerce you can in principle easily start a webshop without having to pay a lot immediately. There are many free WooCommerce plugins and themes. If your webshop grows, paid extensions and themes become interesting.
Many starting shop owners do not necessarily have a lot of technical knowledge. It is therefore important to understand which platform it is easiest to build a webshop.
Magento is not easy to install. Often you need a developer for this, and installing extensions for Magento can sometimes be complicated.
After installing you need a lot of time to master the base of Magento. Magento is very extensive and powerful, but it is anything but the low threshold.
WooCommerce is a lot easier to use. WooCommerce is actually a plugin for WordPress, and installation is a piece of cake. There are a lot of settings, such as tax rates, shipping and other things that you need to set up properly. But WooCommerce has a handy “wizard” that guides you in setting up your webshop. Because WooCommerce is made for WordPress users, it is also easy to link “payment providers”
WooCommerce is a lot easier to use than Magento. Are not you very technical or do not want to spend too much on a developer? Then opt for WooCommerce and not for Magento.
Besides the ease of use and the costs, you also want to know how easy it is to add certain extensions (extensions) to your webshop. There are thousands of extensions and themes available for both WooCommerce and Magento.
Magento has (just like WooCommerce and WordPress) a large community of developers and freelancers. There are therefore many free and paid extensions that you can use for your webshop. With these extensions, you can add all kinds of extra features to your webshop. The Magento Marketplace is full of useful extensions for the popular platform, which already has many features built in as standard without extensions.
For WooCommerce (in combination with WordPress) there are no fewer than 55,000 free plugins. You can use a free plugin for almost every imaginable feature you want in your webshop. Think of contact forms. Google Analytics and SEO plugins.
In addition, there are many premium extensions for WooCommerce, especially on the website of WooCommerce itself: WooCommerce extensions.
In the area of (free) extensions, WooCommerce wins from Magento. It has to be said that Magento has “more features than WooCommerce” out of the box.
Magento and WooCommerce are both great powerful webshop systems. Which is better for you is a bit of how much money you have to invest and how big you want to make your webshop.
For a simple webshop, WooCommerce is probably the fastest (and least costly) choice. Magento is a better choice for large companies with their own team of developers that can continue to develop on the platform.