5 Best Must-Try WooCommerce Alternatives
2019 January 23rd at 5:03
Today, WooCommerce powers more than 2 million websites in the world and is among the most popular eCommerce solutions available. But that doesn't mean it's perfect.
For the beginners, the setup process can appear complicated. More to add, with no dedicated WooCommerce support, there are plenty of things that can go wrong, and soon you can realize that there is no one out there to help you. Or, depending on what you're attempting to do, your reason could be even more different.
Long story short, there are many reasons as to why people would want to look for WooCommerce alternatives.
And this is what I'm going to talk about in this post. I’ve gone above and beyond to find 5 platforms I believe could give WooCommerce a run for its money:
- Shopify (Best hosted solution)
- BigCommerce (Best security features)
- Volusion (Most intuitive user interface)
- Magento (Best self-hosted solution)
- WP eCommerce (Best eCommerce plugin)
Price from $29/month
Shopify is a comprehensive tool that allows you to do everything from generating a brand name to getting your online store up and running. The platform gives you the choice of 3 plans depending on your individual needs, and you can try it free for 14 days before making a commitment.
With Shopify, you can choose from more than 100 themes, some of which are free. Also, the solution includes a built-in mobile commerce shopping cart so customers can buy from you even when on the go.
Aside from giving you the chance to build your online store, Shopify plans come with a full blogging platform that you can use to publish and categorize articles as well as create lookbooks.
With Shopify, you don’t need any coding knowledge as every template comes with intuitive settings that allow you to customize various aspects of your website quickly and efficiently.
And last but not least, Shopify gives you a 360-degree view of your traffic, orders, and sales thanks to its actionable dashboard. You can also sync with other marketplaces giving you the chance to sell on the likes of eBay, Amazon, among dozens of other platforms.
- Integrates with dozens of marketplaces
- Full blogging platform
- Actionable dashboard
- Few free themes to choose from
Price from $29.95/month
BigCommerce is a hosted eCommerce solution that allows you to streamline your online business no matter what its size, thanks to its choice of 3 plans.
With this solution, you can build a fully customizable eCommerce website thanks to its choice of free and paid templates, all of which you can personalize depending on your individual needs. Better yet, all eCommerce templates are mobile optimized and come with mobile checkout.
BigCommerce has had an average uptime of 99.99% as well as a 100% cyber 5 uptime for three years running. Not only this, the platform offers state-of-the-art security features allowing you to create an online store that is PCI-compliant.
If you’re thinking of switching over from another eCommerce platform, you can do so easily as BigCommerce has a bulk product import and export feature. You can also get help from the platform’s in-house catalog transfer team.
What about driving those sales?
You’ll be happy to know that BigCommerce lets you sync your store with other channels like Facebook, eBay, Square POS, Amazon, and Pinterest.
Furthermore, BigCommerce supports leading payment providers so that you can choose your preferred gateway. And if all the above isn’t enough, you can try the solution out for 15 days for free.
- Various choices of payment methods
- Good selection of templates to choose from
- Integrates with social media and other marketplaces to increase sales
- Few free themes to choose from
- Sales limit on all plans
Price from $29/month
Volusion is another alternative to WooCommerce that allows you to create a professional online store thanks to the platform’s selection of free and paid themes. Better yet, you can try out the service for 14 days without having to share any payment details.
A feature that makes Volusion stand out from the crowd is its drag and drop interface. With just a few clicks, you can design your online store exactly how you like it without the need for any coding knowledge.
So, what about Volusion’s other features?
Well, once your store is up and running, you can add products, upload images, and manage your inventory all from one place. Additionally, you can import products via CSV and create rich text product descriptions to tell customers exactly what they’re buying.
Furthermore, Volusion comes with a built-in SEO tool so that you can secure your spot in the search rankings and get your online store to the right audience.
But that’s not all... Volusion also integrates with Amazon marketplace and eBay as well as various social media channels so you can reach more people with just one shop.
Last but not least, your Volusion account will come with a comprehensive management system that allows you to monitor and run your store from one place. From there, you can view customer details, handle returns, and enable various shipping rates for your products.
- Built-in SEO tool
- Integrates with Amazon marketplace and eBay
- Comprehensive management system
- Fewer features with the basic plan than with at other providers
Price from $0.00/month
If you have coding knowledge or know someone who does, you can go for a self-hosted solution like Magento. The platform is completely free to use and allows you to create a customized website with all the features you want- as long as you have the tech knowledge to do so.
Despite the fact that coding knowledge is a must with Magento, the solution does come with a Page Builder which offers a drag and drop solution to creating the ultimate online store. Additionally, Magento allows you to track data on your store. This includes inventory and order management services so that you can keep an eye on which products are most popular.
Better yet, if you want to expand the commerce experience for your customers, Magento has an extension marketplace that allows you to implement new payment methods, connect with ERP systems, organize your marketing activities, and more.
What about Magento’s customer support?
Despite being a more complex tool for those who are less tech-savvy, Magento has a comprehensive knowledge base with How To’s, an FAQ, and Troubleshooting information. You can also sign up for a free demo before jumping in head first.
- Large suite of tools for companies of all sizes
- Good data tracking tools
- Comprehensive knowledge base
- Not for individuals without tech knowledge or the budget to pay for a professional web developer
5. WP eCommerce
Price from $0.00/month
While not technically an eCommerce platform, WP eCommerce allows you to turn your WordPress site into an online store thanks to its plugin. And now powering more than 36,000 online stores worldwide, WP eCommerce gives you everything to take your business to the web thanks to its secure shopping cart feature.
The open-source plugin allows you to easily add products to your catalog while also giving you the chance to monitor your sales and create comprehensive reports to keep track of your progress.
WP eCommerce also integrates with industry-leading payment gateways, giving you full control of how you do business. Additionally, the plugin helps you configure taxes and determine shipping costs from one place.
Best of all, WP eCommerce allows you to automate your marketing by integrating with Google Base, Google Analytics, and Share This, among others.
Need something more robust?
For a more robust solution, you can buy the provider’s extension, Gold Cart. This gives you more options when it comes to personalization. With it, you can provide customers with a Grid View, Gallery Demo, and the opportunity to make live product searches on your site. Gold Cart is available from $99 for a single site.
- Integrates with renowned payment gateways
- Integrates with various analytical tools
- Only for use with WordPress sites
- The Gold Cart feature is considerably more expensive
So, Which Are The Best WooCommerce Alternatives?
The alternatives to WooCommerce listed above are all great solutions that come with their own set of unique features. Here’s my verdict:
- Shopify offers the best marketing and SEO features
- BigCommerce is the best solution for integrating your online store with other channels
- Volusion offers the most comprehensive management system
- Magento is the best solution for scaling your business (as long as you have coding knowledge)
- WP eCommerce is the best solution for use with WordPress websites
As you can see, all these solutions are very different, meaning that you should choose yours based on your business needs, your time schedule, and your coding knowledge.
And if you’ve got other WooCommerce alternatives you feel should be in this list, drop me a comment! I’d love to know your thoughts.
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