Shopify vs. Woocommerce – Best Ecommerce Platform in 2018? (+ Oberlo vs. AliDropship!)
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Shopify vs. Woocommerce – Best Ecommerce Platform in 2018? (+ Oberlo vs. AliDropship!)


Hey guys, in this video we’re going to be
doing an updated look at what platform is best to use when building your eCommerce store. Is it Shopify or WooCommerce? For most people, especially my subscribers
here at Wholesale Ted, there are five key questions that they want answers to before
deciding which platform is best for them. One: Which one requires the least startup
money? Two: Which will cost you the most money in
the long-term? Three: Which is cheaper if you plan on building
multiple stores? Four: Which is easiest for beginners to use? And five: What has the best dropshipping plugin? If you guessed that I’m going to be answering
these five questions on this video, you have guessed right. All right, so let’s jump straight into it. Question one: Which requires the least startup
money? Now this is kind of debatable. You could argue that WooCommerce does, but
for most people they’re going to find that Shopify will cost them the least amount of
money to get started. Now with Shopify you have two options. You can pay for your plan on a monthly basis,
or you can pay for a whole year with a discount. For most users the Shopify basic plan is perfect,
and they don’t need to purchase a bigger subscription plan. If you select the monthly basic plan that
means that you can get started for just $29. You’ll still need to purchase a domain name
of course, and the easiest solution for most people is to purchase it with Shopify. If you do that a domain name is going to cost
you $14. So in total you could get started with a Shopify
store today for just $43. Now let’s compare that to WooCommerce. Now on the surface WooCommerce should be the
cheapest, because it’s free. Right? After all WooCommerce is just a free WordPress
plugin and that always attracts a lot of people, because well free, free, free. Everybody loves free, but it’s not actually
free, because you still need to purchase web hosting for your store, and that costs money. Now in the past you could get away with using
super cheap web hosting from places like iPage. The reason for that was that an SSL certificate
was not necessary, and super cheap web hosting like iPage did not include it. However, some recent changes in 2017 made
having an SSL certificate basically necessary. If you don’t include it then Google and Chrome
will now flag your site as not secure. So now more than ever, it is no longer an
optional expense. Now in my updated 2018 tutorial where I taught
everybody how to create a WooCommerce dropshipping store, and you will find a link to that in
the video description below, the web hosting that I used as part of it was SiteGround. The startup plan from SiteGround is perfect
for most people, and it includes an SSL certificate. Now while you can choose to get a month trial
for $3.95, they make you pay an additional hefty fee of $14.95. After the first month they will re-bill you
for a one year subscription plan anyway. You can’t pay monthly ongoing. So most people won’t want to select this and
will just skip to the one year subscription plan of $47.40. Which of course, is more money than Shopify’s
$29. I also find that a lot of beginners prefer
to purchase their domain names through their web hosts, and the reason for this is because
if you do that it will automatically connect your domain name to your web host. Which makes it a lot easier during the setup
process. With SiteGround, this is also more expensive
then Shopify. Costing $15.95. That means for most people getting started
with SiteGround, they’re going to be spending $63.35. Which is more expensive than getting started
with Shopify. Just a quick note, if you’re on super tight
budget and are willing to learn about connecting domain names to your store, you can buy .com
domain names from Namecheap for just $10.98. However, I recommend that most beginners just
spend the extra few dollars and purchase their domain names through either Shopify or SiteGround
to make it easier. Question two: What will cost you the most
money in the long-term? There is absolutely no contest here. You are going to save far more money in the
long-term with a WooCommerce store. Now up front you’re going to have to spend
$47.40 to get your web hosting going, but keep in mind that lasts for 12 whole months. Whereas if you do the math a basic Shopify
plan over 12 months is going to cost you $348. Now you can save money by purchasing a 12
month subscription in advance, but the savings are only 10%, so it’s still going to be costing
you $313. $47 or $313? I wonder which is cheaper. Oh I know, $47 is cheaper. WooCommerce definitely wins here. Question three: Which is cheaper if you plan
on opening multiple stores? A question that we get asked occasionally
is, whether you can open more than one store on a Shopify account? The answer is no you can’t. If you open a store called Brewer Treats on
Shopify selling coffee accessories, you can’t also go and create a new store called Perfect
Goodies selling cat trinkets. You would have to open one Shopify plan for
$29 a month Brewer Treats, and then you would have to open an additional $29 a month account
for Perfect Goodies. All in all you would be paying $58 a month
for both of these stores. Now let’s compare that to WooCommerce. Most people are usually only looking to start
a single store. Which is why I recommend the startup plan
with SiteGround as it’s the cheapest, but a limitation with it is that it only lets
you host a single website. What you could instead choose to do is purchase
the GrowBig plan, which lets you host as many websites as you like on a single account. This will cost you $5.95 billed annually. Which means you’ll be paying up front $71.40,
and you will get hosting for as many sites as you like for 12 months. Now, true fact here, price is not everything. Which is what I’m about to get into, but if
you are very price sensitive then there is no contest. WooCommerce is definitely cheaper than Shopify. Question four: Which is the easiest for beginners
to use? Just like there was no contest for the last
question, there is no contest for this one here. Shopify is by far the easiest for beginners. Shopify has genuinely revolutionized the world
of eCommerce. It has never been so simple and easy for beginners
to create stores. If you follow along with my Shopify video
tutorial you can have a professional looking dropshipping site up and running in less than
an hour, and you can find a link to that tutorial in the description below. Now there are many reasons why Shopify is
a lot nicer and easy to use, but a very major point here is that Shopify was only created
for the sole purpose of making eCommerce stores. That is it. That is all Shopify does. If you want to turn your store into a completely
different website then you are just out of luck, because the only thing that Shopify
does is build beautiful stores. Now let’s compare that to WooCommerce. Now the thing about WooCommerce is that it
is simply a plugin that plugs into WordPress, which was initially built to build blog sites,
and then it turns that into an eCommerce store. So before you can install WooCommerce, you
actually have to install WordPress on your site, and turn it into a blog site. You then install the WooCommerce plugin into
your WordPress blog, which adds functionality that turns it into an eCommerce store. Now if this is already confusing you then
you should just stick to Shopify. So because of the facts that you are taking
what was initially supposed to be blog software, and now turning it into a eCommerce store,
the interface and the menus are quite awkward and difficult for beginners to navigate to
use. There will be still lots of blog options,
settings and features installed and available to them that are not relevant to them. Which makes it confusing and distracting. The interface is not intuitive. Plus it is a lot more glitchy, and I can not
emphasis that enough. That’s because of the fact that WordPress
is not well optimized for WooCommerce. Whereas Shopify is incredibly streamlined,
incredibly optimized, and has basically no glitches at all. Plus even if you do run into problems you
get access to 24/7 support. You can contact Shopify directly through either
phone or live chat, and get someone to help you right then and there. The Shopify support is incredible. They will literally hold your hand and walk
you through the process step by step, but if you go with WooCommerce you are on your
own. After all, it is a free plugin. There is no one there to hold your hand. Question five: Which one has the best Aliexpress
dropshipping plugin? Now most of my subscribers here at Wholesale
TED are interested in creating eCommerce stores, because they want to run Aliexpress dropshipping
stores on them. So this is a very relevant question for them. For Shopify, the best dropshipping plugin
is Oberlo, and for WooCommerce it is AliDropship. The honest truth is that Oberlo is the best
of the two. First of all, it requires no startup investment
with Oberlo, unlike AliDropship. Which costs $89 to purchase. Now this is a one off purchase, which is something
to keep in mind. Once you are making more than 50 sales a month
you will start having to pay a $29 a month fee with Oberlo, but once you get to the point
where you’re making 50 plus sales a month the the $29 a month plan shouldn’t be a problem
for you. And AliDropship definitely has more glitches
than Oberlo. Now, don’t get me wrong. What the AliDropship team created was quite
remarkable, but like how WordPress was not build to be optimized with the WooCommerce
plugin, WooCommerce was not built to be optimized with the AliDropship plugin. Whereas Shopify actually acquired Oberlo in
May of 2017. It means then that Oberlo is incredibly well
optimized for Shopify. It integrates like a dream, and it is basically
glitch free. So there guys go. There are definitely some advantages to using
WooCommerce money wise. I also understand that some people are always
going to choose it anyway, because they like using WordPress in general, but ultimately
I do think that Shopify is going to be the right platform for most of my subscribers
because of the fact that it is cheaper and easier to get setup initially and get selling. Thanks for watching. If you would like more videos about making
money selling online then be sure to subscribe to Wholesale TED, and click that little notification
bell next to it so that you don’t miss out on any of our videos. And if you would like even more dropshipping
training then you should be sure to download our free ebook, How To Make $10000 A Month
Online With Dropshipping. You’ll find a link on how to download it in
the video description below.

100 Comments

  • Carla Heimerl

    Sarah, you are a remarkable young lady, thank you so much for this advice. You know how to make confusing into simplified.

  • Merry Conner

    Hoping someone sees this that is here today. I am having an issue with my woo commerce and the 'account' page. I have my first sale happening and the poor lady cannot complete because it keeps asking her to create an account. I didn't want to use this, so tried going without it.
    Do I have to have this page? I can't reach anyone from Woo C. today as it is Sunday. Ideas or suggestions will be so greatly appreciated.

  • siva prasad

    CloudShoppyTM (http://www.cloudshoppy.com) to enable sellers to sell on their own branded website. Sellers do not need any technical knowledge and is easy to setup and manage complete Ecommerce website. Physical products, digital products like documents, software, music or services can also be setup on CloudShoppy platform.

  • Rishab Kapoor

    WooCommerce is free but maybe you will face some security issues because you will manage your hosting yourself. So I think Shopify is better.

  • Sanwal Manzoor

    how do we create our privacy policy, terms and conditions, return policy and return portal content and pages on WordPress?

  • Shayke Speeer

    Question for anyone with experience…. do you end up paying card transactions fees twice, when using dropshippers? Once when you pay for the item and then again when the customer purchases from you? It's vital to pricing products properly to know this.

  • Mimble Wimble

    The video tend to be a BS review for shopify.

    You keep indicating that woocommerce is "harder" to begin with and have more "glitches".

    Hell you can even start selling the time you have the woocommerce installed. "Glitch" is the term that you use for woocommerce without any actual reference or proof as to what you mean by "glitch" is.

    You forgot (or perhaps voluntarily) exposing the fact that with shopify, all your data will never have been yours. You "forgot" to mention that Shopify, in the long term, could even closed your online shop should they think you "violate" their terms or policy, which in several cases, tend to be not transparent.

    In a nutshell, you seemed to compare the two this way:

    "If you just want a cheap crappy platform, go with woocommerce. If you want cheaper reliable platform, go with shopify". This is the message that you want to conclude in the entire video. Its not even a comparison.

    At the end of the day, nobody in this youtube universe provides a reliable and independent content when it comes to ecommerce especially dropshipping.

  • cat luva

    Actually Woocommerce isn't nearly as buggy as it used to be. If your going to use WordPress I would strongly recommend getting a premium antivirus such as wordfence.

  • DanTe

    Sarah, you said that Woocommerce can be glitchy. What kind of problem could we encounter? Which ones are the most common? And how did you solve them when you encounter them?

  • Merry Conner

    Hello, Again Sarah! Re-watching your videos again in the hopes of finding the one for free + shipping which I can't find. Also, a question for you…will you ever consider doing training for setting up one-page e-commerce sites? I have seen a few but unfortunately, trust is a huge issue. I trust you the most and that is why the question today. Thank you Sarah.

  • Oleg Kapkaev

    FAIL COUNTINGS!!!

    Why the hell you are counting hosting and domain name? And you are cheating while counting that… you have not use same formulas.. didnt count hosting while you were telling about shopify… crap video.

  • charlie brownau

    Gday Can you please do a video on:

    Woocommerce vs Zencart vs Opencart vs Magento vs PrestaShop
    (All the opensource self hosting solutions)

    Ideally which ones work with aliexpress
    with semi/full automation

  • Stine Grytøyr

    I dont understand why any of these videos does not take up the fact that you have to pay 2-4% of your sales to shopify.. i switched to woocommers

  • Akash Tarafder

    50 dollar for web hosting ! Wow.
    We must buy BMW instead of Toyotota because here is a BMW that cost this much and here is the most expensive car that Toyotota offers that costs more than an off the shelf bmw

  • brysaba

    Shopify is more expensive because of the monthly milking subscriptions of apps, when you add it all up it's way more.Also, $ 10-month hosting is a yearly subscription of $120, Shopify $29 per month totalling $348 plus the monthly subscriptions for add-on apps. Go figure.

  • MHQL

    I've developed a woocommerce site until finish. I've jumped through hoops and gone through every issue imaginable. Geo location. shipping time database per IP. you name it my store has it.
    After 2 years of running my business live with woocommerce, i am switching to shopify. If you want to build a brand. . . go shopify. if you just want to have some fun and hack together a website go woo. once you reach over 250+ products.. woocommerce is slow.
    All your coding behind the scenes is not interchangeable with other themes.. meaning: christmas coming up and u want to change the look of your website. nope.
    wordpress solution is amazing for small businesses especially services (like selling time). for products go shopify

  • Vlad Piero

    Hello and as always thank you for the great content. I have a more peculiar question though…
    What if I want to start a dropshipping store but also open a store where I sell clothes, shoes and other accessories. The clothes and shoes are made by some of my friends and family members who are manufacturers.
    Which route would you suggest I go with?
    once again thank you!

    P.S. I am not very tech-savvy by the way!

    P.P.S. What about drop shipping on eBay from sites like Amazon, BestBuy, Walt-Mart, Costco, Samsclub, etc… 🙂

    P.P.P.S. I do not have much capital either! :-/

  • John O'Donovan

    Can anyone explain why I would choose Shopify over Ecwid . I have just gotten off the phone with a friend who mentioned Ecwid ,something that I've never heard of , and I was so confused after talking with him. ARE THEY "SIMILAR.? Or are they something totally different ?

  • maximiliano gimenez

    Hello Daniele, thank you very much 🙂 the video was very useful to me. 👍. I'll ask you a question, I should migrate from Shopify to WordPress …. can you tell me how I can do it? Thanks in advance. Max

  • ari chowdhury

    hey Sarah cool video here.. with Shopify an upsell app is required.. I am considering Zipify, what wud you recommend specially for beginners? Considering budget and ease to use?

  • Jack Brown

    I think woocommerce is cheaper —

    If u really wanted to test this dropshipping thing do like what I did ( not affiliate or anything )

    1) Buy Hosting in Mochahost ( domain name is free) you can definitely add more websites!
    3) Buy domain name if u want another store in internet.bs ( their domain name is cheaper even the renewal which is so pricey in the like of GoDaddy)
    3) Use ShopMaster as your plug in for dropshipping — you can add 200 products for free account ( which is good for a niche store )
    4) Install the Yoast SEO plug in for free !

  • mike harrington

    SSL is free through both cloudflare and letsencrypt……anybody who pays SSL probably pays the best buy geek squad to install their USB devices as well

  • Alisha

    how is shopify less money then siteground..You stated siteground is $47.40 for a year.. And Sopify is $29 per month.. Which is $348 a year.. Soooooo I would say siteground is allot cheaper in the long run and short run.

  • Yehya CHEIKH EL ARD

    I personally use Interserver, it's affordable ($5/month, billed monthly) and high quality, and you get a domain for $1.99 for the first year (then around $14 I believe)

  • Mohamed AbduRazak

    Can I use Woocommerce platform without having credit card? And option that is not available in Shopify.
    Can I Dropship to the US without living in the states?

  • Kourtnie Armstead

    woocommerce is expensive to start up–$300+ which the word process portion is what adds the costs. There are also additional costs.. However, they do not ask for any of your profits. There are monthly cost as well. I just Went through the signup.

  • Sai Diwakar Bhrugubanda

    Hi, I'm Diwakar from Hyderabad, India . I have recently set-up a print on demand store using Shopify and I am in a process of setting up my business PayPal account.
    I know it's kind of silly question to ask but do I have to register the company name in order to start a POD and receive payment through PayPal?

  • Dis Originals

    Thank you! I was just informed about WordPress & Wix, & you almost had me going to WordPress with the 'free' statement, then after watching Shopify is the way to go for me, also noting that even if you can use WordPress you still have to pay a monthly subscription to add the Ecwid to your store which in hindsight almost comes close to the $29 monthly plan with Shopify. So thank you, you really explained things that has helped me decide Shopify is for me, however one thing lets say I advance tech wise in a year, & want to leave Shopify, who owns the domain & is that a common thing that people do, or do they just stick with Shopify? Kind Regards Taryn

  • Alex Labanino

    Girl, Hostgator offers the Business Plan for $5.95 a month with free SSL, Dedicated IP, etc. Definitely, WooCommerce will be cheaper.

  • phoenixbluex

    Should I use Shopify or Woocommerce for a high risk product store (adult products)? Shopify would charge more fees because of an additional third party payment gateway, but I want the speed and security of Shopify. I know how to use WordPress and can easily set up WooCommerce on my own, but I just don't have experience with website security.

  • Logan Addis

    Can anyone recommend Shopify or Woocommerce for a 100% Print on demand store? With integrations like Gooten, Printify, Printful etc… I want to go with woo but I'm afraid that the integrations might be more limited?

  • Omar Muasher

    I have so many questions about woo and WP, that many people overlook and don't consider. Anyone interested in creating a good thread by answering my questions?

  • Misty Skelton

    Hiya! I have been in the web hosting and shoutcast streaming industry for going on 11 years in May so I had to stop the video to say that you do not have to pay $47 for hosting. There is a lot of better options for much cheaper. For example, MDDHosting costs me $5.99 a month [actual month to month plan) and they include SSL software called Let's Encrypt with the plan to which I use to separate my billing software from any of the dedicated servers I use so in case any of my servers go offline, customers are able to contact us still. Also, on this note, it is highly recommended NOT to have your hosting provider also be your domain provider – use separate companies and just point your domain using your hosting providers nameservers. It is just much safer that way as that way if you do not pay your hosting provider, they cannot hold your domain for non-payment of services. Ok. That was all 🙂

  • Psicodelicamente

    Very good! Do you know to tell me any bests plugins for cache in WordPress? My online stores is a little slow and I think that's because my site don't have any cache pluguin.
    Thanks at all 🙂

  • Jin Raigami

    Besides your accent, I begin to like you and your channel more and more. Not that I hate your accent, but it makes me confused sometimes. 🙂

  • fattyz1

    Boy you are so right about WooCommerce and WordPress I tried that about a year ago and I had to give up. I'm pretty good with computers too? It was a total nightmare and there was no explanation on how to get everything to work together, what you would need or the total costs to be up and running.

  • Eddie

    You forgot to mention that unlike Woocommerce, Shopify is a company that can decide tomorrow to change its T&C and make mistakes with you cc.

  • SONG LEE

    You just decided to go on youtube and said whatever can get you views and affiliate money even if they're not true😏 that's a shamed

  • TheLight1up

    Simple, WordPress is cheaper. Top tier hosting from SiteGround with staging and other amazing perks will cost you $143.40 before tax / year + domain name is FREE. Spotify is $29/month pricing it at $348.00/year. WordPress is an amazing platform that can be customized the way you like it, with a ton of different options. If you really want to get some serious stuff done, get WordPress and WooCommerce

  • Virgil Vergara

    Im all in with Woocommerce. The reason is that there are so many features that I integrate into it. I can add in a blogs, different languages, optimize it for SEO and make the design and fit the website. Shopify to me is too basic. The designs is too linear. While in Woocommerce you can make the look and feel of the site, look and feel of the shop and vice versa. I don't think you get that with Shopify.

  • Luis Andrés Salas Cortés

    Shopi..what??????…WP + woocommerce…Period, and FYI certificates in cloudflare are free with a respectful 256 bit protection, so nothing to say about that. Greetings

  • John Bywaters

    here is another Pro for WP & WooCommerce, huge flexibility with design , Free SSL with letsencypt you own everything, you can migrate the whole site to another hosting if needed be , or hosting company can move your entire account websites when an upgrade to faster servers package is required , backup to offline, lots of hosting companies now give you unlimited Dom's , traffic, webspace .
    Shopify own and control all your stuff period cost you more per year
    However yep for simple to use , life without too much hassle , Sarah is right Shopify is easier , automated to start up

  • Danny D

    And Shopify will close down your website if it’s at high risk with out telling you what happened to someone I know and you can’t do anything about it

  • Wholesale Ted

    Just came back here and have people saying that I will say "anything" for "commissions." Just to be clear: I make LESS money recommending Shopify for you that Woocommerce. The commissions are lower. The reasons I prefer it are legitimately true. But if you want to believe that my opinion was based purely on "commissions" – that is up to you 😉

  • M Valentin

    Host gator like 36 bucks for 1 year. WordPress. You dont have to use wordpress themes. You can get themes from other developers. Plug in who you want to use for themes. Plug to edit your page with drag n drop to change backgrounds or anything on your page. Build your inventory on what u want to sell on woocommerce plug. Add any plug u want u use for site functions.

  • Nikolaj Olsen

    I use Shopify, but plan to convert to Woo. Either way I think they have the same apps I use for traffic, which I think is the most important.

  • Joef Clarin

    in my opinion, your review is bias. it irks me that you keep saying that wordpress and/or woocommerce is glitchy. it's either you are really bias or you just don't know how to use it. but then again, I'm a web developer so we have a different perspective.

    I'm kind of confuse though. at the start of the video, you said that wordpress+woocommerce is cheaper but at the end of the video you said shopify is the cheaper. that's the time I told myself that your review is bias.

  • voO

    An honest answer would have been: Woocommerce is much cheaper and much better customizable whereas Shopify is waaaaay more expensive but much easier for people without any webskills. But I guess you need some Shopify affiliate signups…

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