Choosing an eCommerce platform that will be able to support all of your business needs requires careful consideration. One of the factors to keep in mind when contemplating a migration from Magento to WooCommerce is the ease of installation that both of these platforms provide.
Magento, like WooCommerce, is an open-source eCommerce platform that allows you to sell products online, accept payments, and manage a product inventory. Although powerful and packed full of robust features, Magento’s complicated installation and setup requirements can be difficult to navigate for new online entrepreneurs.
Pre-configured installers are hard to come by, and the installation process itself is geared more toward developers. Multiple tutorials are available online to give you a hand with platform customization, but most of them are also written with developers in mind.
On the other hand, the WooCommerce platform offers simple installation with many hosting companies automatically installing it along with WordPress. Setup support comes in the form of a setup wizard that walks you through the basic steps pertaining to currency, shipping options, and page customization. The installation of various add-ons is also quite easy to navigate.
When comparing the performance of eCommerce platforms, both Magento and WooCommerce deliver exceptional results at very high speeds. For both of these platforms, it is best to have at least 2GB of server space available if your website attracts 100 visitors on a daily basis.
However, maintaining your performance requires in-depth knowledge of your eCommerce platform. Since Magento is more geared towards developers, it will take more time to master the platform to keep up with the needed customizations and infrastructure needed to ensure peek performance. However, WooCommerce is easier to navigate which makes adapting the platform to your needs hassle-free.
When it comes to scaling, WooCommerce also offers more cost-effective solutions compared to Magento for the same jumps in performance. Specialists that can help you grow your WooCommerce platform are also more affordable which automatically offers your business more avenues for growth.
Although Magento also offers room for growth, the platform requires technical expertise to efficiently manage your website. If you are unsure of how to create backups, maintain website security, and optimize your store for caching, then it will be best to hire a Magento specialist.
Magento is an open-source platform that offers its software via two options. The first is a community edition that requires self-installation and is the more basic of the two. This option doesn’t include all of the features and support that you would get with a paid plan, the second option. Although paid plans can be a bit pricey, they come with cloud hosting, advanced features, and around the clock support.
The basic package for Magento software may be free, but the cloud hosting plans that enable you to truly support your business growth will amount to a costly subscription fee. Depending on your add-on expenses for plugins, extensions, or customized themes, Magento can either be extremely affordable or quite expensive.
Unlike Magento, WooCommerce is available for free and can be downloaded and installed as a byproduct of WordPress. However, you still need to account for domain registration costs, an SSL certificate, and monthly hosting expenses to support your WooCommerce platform.
Although WooCommerce startup expenses can amount to about US$100, it is still more affordable than some of the Magento packages on offer. Furthermore, hosting companies that specialize in WooCommerce software often offer discounted hosting plans that can help you to further reduce your monthly expenses.
Magento allows access to a plateau of gateway companies which means that your online customers have multiple payment options available to them. Paypal, bank transfers, cash on delivery, and other purchase order payment methods are included with Magento. Payment extensions like Google Checkout and Skrill, amongst others, also enable quick and effortless payment.
However, this does not necessarily mean that every payment gateway you need is currently available. To remedy this, you can hire a Magento expert to develop a custom extension. Although this option allows for customization and innovation when it comes to offering your customers top quality service delivery, it will be more expensive.
On the other hand, WooCommerce is a well-known equal when it comes to matching the number of payment gateways that Magento offers. It also offers Paypal and all of the other popular payment options via various extensions. However, creating add-ons that support lesser-known payment enterprises is easier and more cost-effective compared to Magento.
Although WooCommerce and Magento offer the same level of support when it comes to their various payment gateways, the former makes it easier and more affordable to customize financial innovation.
WooCommerce also offers ease of use, scalability, and affordability which makes it a popular choice among new business owners. Not to mention it has the backing of the WordPress CMS behind it.
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