Shopify vs WooCommerce - The Grudge Match

by Andrew Cox February 21, 2017

Shopify vs WooCommerce - The Grudge Match

WooCommerce vs Shopify - how the two most popular ecommerce platforms on the planet stack up.


Shopify makes selling online and managing a growing brand incredibly easy. Based out of Canada, Shopify prides itself on being the easiest to use ecommerce platform. The Shopify App Store offers monthly subscriptions for hundreds of new features and integrations. Great value and quicker for us to develop on but often with higher ongoing costs as you're essentially renting Shopify's service, it's a great platform for early-stage ecommerce businesses that lets us create beautiful designs and store experiences. WooCommerce is powerful, yet relatively easy to use, with heavy integration with your favourite marketing and accounting tools. The power of WooCommerce is the virtually limitless customisation you can do to it. Anything from the front-end shopping experience to streamlining the backend reporting. Originally created as an add-on to WordPress, it has grown to power more online stores than any other platform. Online stores built on WooCommerce typically require more maintenance.


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Shopify hosts everything for you so you don’t need to worry about payment gateways and web hosting. WooCommerce & WordPress are installed on your own server that we set up for you, giving you complete ownership of your store.


  1. Simple to use
  2. Unlimited 24/7 toll free Shopify support
  3. Conveniently run your store on the go
  4. 1-click integrations
  5. Start selling in no time at all.
  1. No design limitations
  2. Lower ongoing costs
  3. Full ownership
  4. Multiple custom page layouts
  5. Very customisable.


Beautiful Shopify online stores start from $3k including a mobile site WooCommerce online stores start from $5k including a mobile site and server setup


Andrew Cox
Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox is the founder of The Hope Factory. He loves helping entrepreneurs grow their e-commerce businesses online via great design, strategic marketing and conversion optimisation. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys running (slowly) with his best friend Nelson.

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