The battle seems endless but we’ll try. WooCommerce and Magento are two of the most popular e-commerce solutions available in the ecommerce market today. It is estimated that they power jointly nearly 40% of all the stores on the web. While both have their strengths and weaknesses, it becomes quite challenging for the merchants to choose the best one amongst the two. We will try to explore some pros and cons and you decide what’s better for your business.
To start with, both WooCommerce and Magento are open-source products. Consequently are both initially free to use, self-hosted, deeply customizable and have an abundance of community help. But what makes them different?
To begin with, Magento is a content management system built specifically for e-commerce while WooCommerce e-commerce frame built on top of WordPress, another CMS. Thus, you first need to install WordPress and then add a WooCommerce plug-in.
Talking about the installation of those, two it’s quite typical.
As a small and efficient plug-in in an efficient CMS, WooCommerce is very light on server loads and takes up a little disk space. That’s why even a shared hosting for five dollars a month may be perfectly good to keep the store running smoothly. Magento complexity requires significantly more powerful hosting than WooCommerce though. You’ll most likely want to use a VPS or a dedicated server to ensure a store performance otherwise your online retailer makes it slow and sluggish. Naturally, it will cost you extra. So the winner in hosting category is WooCommerce.
When it comes to ecommerce features, Magento is a clear winner here. It has great in built features such multistore capability, Multi-language options, complex configurable products, layered navigation, all these and even more you’ll find in Magento out-of-the-box but not in WooCommerce unfortunately. That doesn’t make WooCommerce a lesser choice though. Most of these superb features can still be obtained with the help of plug-ins and extensions. As for the rest, WooCommerce has other benefits to compensate this inferiority. For example, WooCommerce can score more in SEO due to his fast performance and impressive blogging functionality. Nonetheless Magento wins in the feature category.
Magento definitely does take some time getting used to. It’s also quite complicated from a development standpoint but if you’re serious about putting in the effort and climb over the steep learning curve, Magento will re-pay off your efforts many times over. WooCommerce like his WordPress foundation, puts a huge emphasis on intuitive design and navigation. For example, adding a product in WooCommerce is simple and fast. Just click on products menu, then add products. Here you can give it a name write descriptions choose title of the product attributes price at cross sells and upsell etc. adding a product in the Magento is quite simple as well go to catalog manage the product. Here you can either edit existing products or add a new one by clicking add product button. At first you have to pick an attribute set and choose a product type. Afterwards you’ll have to go through a time-consuming and comprehensible process of products set up .WooCommerce strikes back and wins ease-of-use category
In general, since Magento is a special-purpose platform built for e-commerce , it is considered to be more security reliable than WooCommerce. Moreover Magento store often requires fewer plug-ins which logically reduces the number of possible security holes that can be exploited. On the other hand WordPress is the CMS on which WooCommerce is built and is a blogging software. Being much more widespread on the web and not meant to handle e-commerce transactions, it happens to become a victim of fraud and hackers attacks much more commonly. This flaw can be addressed with the help of security plug-ins which however would increase expenses and use additional resources needed to extensions WooCommerce requires. Thus Magento is the winner in the security category.