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WooCommerce Sucks? Here’s Our Review

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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WooCommerce is a free ecommerce plugin for WordPress. However, its only free with basic functionality. If you need more than a basic store, have some unique functionality or abilities, want to customize the experience you will most likely need plugins. While there are some free plugins the majority of them are not. Most plugins are $79-$200 a year and only good for that website. Many people don’t realize this until later. They see free and install it, start setting it up and then realize they have bought 3-9 plugins to get the functionality they need. Shopify is about $29/month and comes with secure hosting, so a year or Shopify is $348. This is important to note because unless you really need something custom, have the funds for development, need to own the site completely, Shopify is the better and more economical solution.

Also do you have a developer or can you code? WooCommerce is best for someone that has access to developers or coders to actually customize and make the site function how they want. Keep this in mind as a cost, even if you are coding, that is still time you could spend on something else. That is another hidden cost of WooCommerce, but really any ecommerce platform will require some work and configuration.

Security wise I have to wonder. So many WordPress sites run with about 10-30+ plugins which to me is insane, so if you add on WooCommerce and then several more plugins, to me that spells a disaster waiting to happen either with a broken plugin, bugs or security holes. As you know, you have to keep WordPress up to date for security reasons, so there is always the chance something might break from a plugin. So you need to have backups, and maybe have to code or have a developer to help with any issues. Not only that but keep in mind your plugins for the store basically have to be up to date more or less, so you are most likely going to pay for the yearly updates to the plugins.

I’m not trying to bash WooCommerce, but I think people really need to evaluate their needs first. Find out what you really need in an ecommerce site (the functionality), what your resources are and see if its actually economical to use it. Because even with paying for plugins you have even got web hosting or SSL (https), something Shopify comes with. I mention Shopify because they the #1 online e-commerce solution with great customer reviews. WooCommerce is great if you have the time and/or money for development and need something totally custom for a unique situation, want to control every aspect and have the funds for putting it together. But in all honesty the odds that you will get by with the free version is very unlikely. The free initial install and setup of the basic plugin is what gets you into the WooCommerce ecosystem, once you are in you will start to put down money and if its more than $348 a year for basic things that Shopify can do, well you might of been better off with Shopify.