March 29, 2020
Shopify VS WordPress & WooCommerce – My Honest Review 2019!

Shopify VS WordPress & WooCommerce – My Honest Review 2019!

Hi guys, my name is Hogan and in this video, I’m going to be comparing Shopify with WordPress and WooCommerce So Shopify is primarily a ecommerce platform whereas WordPress is a content management system Mostly branded as a blogging and a small business platform, but you can actually add WooCommerce which is a plug-in that adds Ecommerce functionality onto your WordPress website to give you a ecommerce Website, ok, so you can start selling goods So in this video, I’m gonna be giving you my honest thoughts because I have been using WordPress for years now And I’ve recently started a Shopify store for dropshipping For a few months, so I basically can give you my thoughts so you can make a good decision for yourself so if you’re mainly focusing on like blogging you’re like a blogger then you definitely go with WordPress like there’s no Comparison with a better blogging platform or if you’re like primarily building a website for a small business. Then you definitely go with WordPress Okay, but if you’re deciding between you know Shopify and WordPress and WooCommerce for your ecommerce store or your dropshipping store then watching this video so you can still build a dropshipping store if you actually use WordPress and WooCommerce there are plugins such as Alli dropship and also Roo dropship which basically helps you integrate the products from Aliexpress to your WooCommerce and WordPress store really easily and basically semi automate that process for you It’s just that Shopify definitely has a lot more videos on it about drop shipping and it’s definitely branded more as an e-commerce thing But you can definitely build a dropshipping store or ecommerce store on either platform. Okay So what I do want to talk about is maybe the pricing first So with Shopify, there’s a 14-day free trial, which is really awesome. And I think you should take advantage of that I have a link down below but after that you do have to pay $29 per month for the basic version and $79 for the medium version and I think 200 plus for the enterprise version With WordPress and WooCommerce. Those things are actually free but what you actually do need is a hosting account and hosting is basically where you store your website files and Is your text and data and things like that, so people can access your website 24/7 and then you install WordPress on top of that Right. So Hosting goes from you know, five to ten dollars a month including a SSL certificate and basically the SSL certificate is the HTTPS in front of your website, you’ll see that on a lot of e-commerce websites because that has the security layer So you’re actually able to store your customers data and you know process payments and things like that. So in terms of pricing definitely Shopify is definitely a lot more expensive. WordPress is definitely cheaper But I wouldn’t base my decision on choosing either one based on price because over the long run You’re gonna be making a lot more money than that So it wouldn’t really matter anyway, in terms of the fees and stuff like that. I think Shopify have something called Shopify payments and They charge zero fees Or making a sale and that is really good I think for some countries such as the United States, but if you’re like me, I’m in Australia and they don’t use Shopify payments here So I have to use PayPal anyway and with WordPress Most of the time people just use PayPal because that’s really easy and they charge like a two to three percent fee So that’s pretty much even there. The other thing that you have to pay for is themes. Okay, so themes is basically like a Skin that you add on to your website that gives it specific look and appearance or like a color scheme With Shopify that have a little bit of free themes which is pretty good. It’s okay. It’s not the best In terms of things that you can actually customize They’re actually also paid themes, which I haven’t actually tried yet It’s a hundred and forty dollars to $180 a one-time fee if you want to build out another store You have to get that, you know another theme and you have to pay that one-time fee again Whereas WordPress you have to pay, you know forty nine to seventy nine dollars for a paid theme Which I highly recommend and that is on a yearly basis, but you can actually install that on All websites even your clients web sites as well So, you know the pricing there, it’s more it cost more one-time fee with web here is a little bit cheaper But it’s an annual fee and you can install unlimited websites In terms of the plugins plugins are basically things that you sort of like applications that you add on to your WordPress Or Shopify store for additional functionality for example, so you might want to add like some kind of email pop email pop-up for your Shopify store, you know, that’s a plug-in and You know for your WordPress website as well with Shopify, they have a lot more paid apps and it cost like five thousand I know like nine dollars 99 and some apps which even charge a percentage of your sales So it’s definitely more expensive with Shopify and with WordPress There’s a lot of free themes which are really great already and don’t need to upgrade But the thing here is with WordPress and their plugins. Sometimes they might not play well together so for example they might conflict and sometimes the plug-in might not work because you’ve got the theme there and then from a different developer and then you’ve got like plugins from different developers and Sometimes it just doesn’t work well and you have to spend time updating it fixing it and troubleshooting it But with let’s say Shopify, it’s more like integrated. The experience is more seamless That’s why you’re paying for that premium there For me I can manage it for some people. You don’t really want to manage that part and Shopify. It might be good, right and Now the next thing is security so Shopify offers like an integrated security. You don’t have to worry about it It’s a hands-free thing which is like included just to have to think about it you just You know focus on branding focus on marketing whereas WordPress, you know The security is like for your hosting provider They provide like basic security and backups and things like that for additional security. You’ll need to add like plugins and stuff like that So it takes more time to manage I would say so you’re paying for that premium again and in terms of the support Shopify offer 24/7 support for basic things but if you want to actually customize like your theme The appearance of your website. You’ll need to pay, you know by the hour for that and The good thing is that you actually get like 60 minute of free theme customizations when you first start out with Shopify That is really good just to get your shop up and running because you might want to move like a headline or something like that Which actually used but it does take a few days for them to actually enter that sometimes with WordPress here There’s basically two to support things because you’ve got one support which is the hosting So for example if your website is down, then you need to contact your your hosting support but if you want to make customizations to your theme and stuff like that you cook you contact the theme support and That’s where you pay, you know, your forty nine dollars a year and stuff like that So with the theme support normally it’s like a forum thing So they’ll answer your questions within you know, a few hours or the maximum I had to weigh was like 24 hours It really depends on the theme that you pick So overall what I think is that, you know picking either one is not going to make you more successful It’s like picking the Nike shoe or maybe picking the added a shoe. It’s not gonna make you run any faster What’s gonna make your business successful is yourself and your marketing strategies your product and your customer service? Not the platform that you choose it on but overall I think Shopify is a good platform which Saves you time in terms of managing it and you can focus more time on marketing and branding Facebook ads or whatnot WordPress is more self-managed and You have to spend more time managing it but you get more customized ability in terms of like moving stuff and things like that Which I really really really like about WordPress But if you’re like a blogger or if you’re a small business and you want to add ecommerce functionality Then I’ll probably go with WordPress because it’s just definitely the best Platform to build your website and your blog on and then you can add new commerce functionality to it So ultimately I would say, you know Shopify is more like a furnished apartment You just move into that apartment. The furniture is like there already and All you need to do is get your luggage moving your luggage being your products moving and then you can just you know Leave your life Okay, whereas WordPress is more like, you know, you’re finding this piece of land and you’re building that house by yourself And then you’re going to IKEA you’re building to yourself So it’s definitely more self-managed some people like that option some people like a more convenient option I’d recommend you try out Shopify for 14 days and See what you like about the platform see what you don’t and you can also try out the WordPress and WooCommerce option as well there’s a link down below for one cent hosting so it can sign up for hostgator for one cent only and then you can install WordPress and WooCommerce and you can follow my free tutorial on how to set up an e-commerce website and If you don’t like it then what you can do is cancel that hosting before that month ends and transfer that domain name to your Shopify account and Basically build out your Shopify store and start your e-commerce journey so if you like this video make sure to give it a thumbs up subscribe for more videos making more videos on my Shopify journey and also wordpress tutorials as well as showing you guys how to make money online

100 thoughts on “Shopify VS WordPress & WooCommerce – My Honest Review 2019!

  1. Building a website for a company that provides an annual service. There are only 4 possible “items” to purchase. But I would like it to function like a membership so it has the option for annual renewal of the service. Can Woocommerce handle that?

  2. Hi Hogan, I was wondering if you could guide me in the e-commerce website I'm setting up. When the customer orders, I want the order details to go directly to the delivery guy. How do I do that in woocommerce? Please help.

  3. Hogan, why did YOU choose Shopify over WP/woocommerce? Thanks for your help building that ecommerce store by the way…it went well, I would say to anyone just starting out that it was a bit of a tough learning curve. You can also purchase support from woocommerce which can be a game changer if someone is on the fence (and is quite good). Good job bro.

  4. Hi Hogan, any more updates on Shopify store, would love to hear back about it. Also, can i ask how to make a footer like themify website with loads of options to choose?

  5. Hello Hogan, is that possible to you to record a movie about Facebook/Instagrams adds?? I just start with dropshipping and this subject whould be awesome!

  6. Hi Hogan, Great video. One question. I search online for the answer but i didn't find it yet 🙂
    How can you get paid from PayPal when you drop ship the items? I read that PayPal holds your money from 21 days. And to get your money sooner (i think 3 days) you have to send them a proof of shipping. But the question is how you pay your drop shipper if PayPal holds your money?

  7. Hogan, for more than 96 hours the contact form (V1.2.4) has not been working as it should. It sends the form but the process after hitting the SEND button never ends, and it is not showing the confirmation nor redirecting.
    Thank you in advance

    I have the same problem on 3 websites.

  8. Hey Hogan. Jethro here from South Africa. Thank you for your videos. You communicate clearly and in an unbiased fashion. All the blessings to you man. I've subscribed and will be watching more of your videos as I set up my online shop with WP and Woo. Peace 🙂

  9. Thanks for sharing this. Here is a way we've found to utilize the greatness of Shopify's e-commerce while at the same time harvesting the SEO power of WordPress (mashing them both together, if you would…)

    We are having multiple on-going clients use this method and are even doing some one-off builds for customers who then take over everything once it is built and DIY manage content + posting etc.

  10. Dude ive watched a lot on ecommerce especially drop shipping. The backend although important is insignificant to sales in terms of marketing products in niche markets that are constantly analyzed.

  11. Hogan, at 4:09 regarding the paid themes, you said that we need to pay for a theme on a yearly basis. I thought it is a one-time payment only, and not every year. Am I mistaken? Let me know. Thanks

  12. Hey Hogan,

    What is your experience so far with drop shipping? Have you made any significant sales? How long have you been doing it for?


  13. Thanks! I’ve been using WP for a few years now. I think I’m gonna try Shopify because I just want to setup an ecommence site and start selling right way. I don’t want to waste time. I’ll sacrifice customization for speed and efficiency. Thanks again!

  14. Also please take note on Shopify doesn't accept DEBIT CARD OR PAYPAL. For their payment on Domain purchase and Plan fee. Only one option just credit cards!

  15. Thanks Hogan I really really enjoy your tutorials because they are so in depth.

    I have a question: what do you find better as far as finding variety of products Shopify via Oberlo or through WordPress/WooCommerce via AliDropship because the later is what I was choosing to do but now I see I do not have all the time I want to spend building my site and before I go too far would like to know your opinion on products. I did look on Oberlo (14 day trial) but I felt it was more limited in certain senses as far as product variety? Would you say that is true?

    Thanks for any help!!!!!

  16. Let’s be honest, his 14 day trial is an affiliate link which he gets paid double of what you paid as a kickback. Therefore its biased to commission. Many false statements on this video which are misleading related to Shopify.

  17. Hey I may have missed it… if I get a hosting website I need to get WordPress and woocommerce? I’m phasing away from Shopify, although my first store will still be on Shopify and my second store will hopefully be on woocommerce. Is woocommerce and word press free plug ins? And are both of them necessary for an small ecommerce biz?

  18. Shopify pricing it's absurd, i'm an enterpreneur from Brazil and the price of Shopify it's 4x converted to the Brazilian economy.

  19. Not all wordpress themes are yearly fees, actually most I used are one time fees.
    Can you customize your shopify theme codes yourself like with wordpress? Or you cant access the code to customize it?

  20. Hi Hogan! Awesome and informative vid! PLease will you describe how you arrange your shipping for international as I am having an issue here in SA. Thanks

  21. Hi Hogan
    Liking your videos and have a question – for shopify I need to add my card details as STORED do I also need to store this in the wordpress/plugin website? As external hosts in the wordpress I am thinking security needs beefing up!

  22. In the end you save a lot of money with WordPress. It's like Apple vs PC. Shopify is Apple. Some info that's incorrect. For a WordPress premium theme, you pay for a one time Liscence that you can use on one theme for only one website. You can't reuse it. You can get a theme on average for like $60 on theme forest. Also WordPress has a bunch of free themes. After the initial setup you will pay at most $10 per month for running the entire site. That's on hosting. It can be as little as $5 too if you find a better deal. Shopify is minimum $30 per month for the basic plan. That's 3 times as much.

  23. Thanks for the breakdown here Hogan. I have a WordPress website already but no e-commerce except for a page where I sell one item using PayPal. Can I purchase a Shopify site and then connect it to this WordPress site as a shop plugin so to speak and it will appear as a seamless click to shop now as far as the site visitor is concerned?

  24. In your description you should atleast disclose those are your affiliate links and let everyone know you appreciate the support or they can just skip the discount and link without the affiliate url attachment… to show that you are not biased or had intentions of making money off people without them knowing

  25. Love this video!

    So you can use same apps from Shopify as to WordPress?

    I am assuming so for 3rd party like mail chimp, etc.

  26. Hogan, most wordpress themes are one time payments and not annual payments. But for support you get one year support but if you want support for years to come you will have to pay small amount less than usd10

  27. I am going to choose wordpress because I am a designer by myself but can you advice on what security pluggin that will be the best for ecommerce. I have been using 2 of most free popular security pluggins but sometime I still get some issues.

  28. What are your thoughts on initiative Q ?? They are building a new payment network. To get people to adopt it, they’re giving away significant sums of their future currency to early people. They require only name, email, and an invite from an existing user. Here’s my invite link to take a look and register if you like: Let me know if you do register, because I need to verify you on my end.

  29. Here's short version for anyone

    Why to choose WordPress
    1- If you are a bit techy and know about CMS choose WordPress
    2- If you have less money choose WordPress
    3- If you want more customisation

    Why to choose Shopify
    1- If you are a complete beginner and just want to start out
    2- If you have money to start business
    3- If you are okay with less customisation

    Leave a like if i cleared you Mind.

  30. BLAH BLAH BLAH. FUCK SHOPIFY! inflexible as fuck, and the apps can drive up your overhead.
    Woocommerce all day everyday. Only thing I say shopify has over woo is the backend layout.
    Its not as simplified as shopify.

  31. Thanks Hogan! I am a graphic designer and I will set up a t-shirts online shop. And I will work with printful, printfy and inhouse print. Which solution do you recommand? And which solution is better for SEO.

  32. Hi Hogan,
    Thank you for sharing. I've used both platforms to build my clients websites.
    I think WordPress + Woocommerce is much better in terms of features and pricing. It's a more flexible platform than Shopify.

  33. Just a correction: wordpress themes aren't charged yearly, you get them once and use them forever.

    What might be misunderstood as yearly fee is that many websites offer access to premium themes as long as you are a member, and hence, they'll usually charge annual fee. However, after you get the theme, it's yours forever. Those websites might require you to be a member to be able to access theme updates, if they do updates. This might not generalize to all instances though, but it is what I've seen.

  34. Hi Hogan. Thank you for sharing this information with us.
    I really can't use Shopify coz I can't get a credit card. And Shopify's does not accept debit cards to pay for the monthly subscription.
    I was searching an alternative for this scenario. Do I need to have credit card to use Woocommerce? In other words, can I pay the hosting and domain and pay alidropship with debit card?

  35. Thanks for the in-depth video! As I am getting ready to start an e-commerce store, I found your review informative and easy to understand. Thanks!

  36. Bro one question, Shopify have some cool apps like abandon cart, hurrify, wheelio, n stuffs like that which cost you monthly n all together these convertion apps n shopify will cost u near 100$ per month can u help me with apps like these for wordpress and how much it will cost

  37. Shopify also charge extra 2% if customers pay by payment methods other than Shopify Payments. That is if they pay by PayPal. We get charged 2% + 2.6% + 30cents (in Australia). That's near 5% on every transaction.

  38. Dropshipping Business WordPress. Learn how to start your own dropshipping business and website with wordpress step by step

  39. I am want site for selling my products that I manufacturing. So which is better ?

    No dropshipping only my products that I manufacturing. So need to fancy theme, add on like that. So Suggest. Thank you

  40. I was hesitating on whether or not I wanted to watch your video because you look like a 12-year-old and I thought you might be like so many other thousands of so-called "gurus" out there.

    But I watched it and was really impressed by how honestly and professionally you described the differences between the two platforms.

    Thank you.

  41. Customer will never know which platform you are using. so just make your store pretty whether it's shopify or woocommerce/Wordpress.
    I had 2 3 stores on Shopify but now i am working on general store niche on woo commerce. i used 1 copyright image and boom Shopify shut down my store.
    i am using flatsome theme (It's crazy fast if you optimize it) – (Mine loading time is 0.8 sec to 1.3 sec).
    for importing product i am using ali dropship plugin (Ali2Woo) instead of alidropsip and i am glad that i am totally satisfied with it, Alidropship is also great. Oberlo will charge you monthly once you start making sales. but not alidropsip or ali2woo. on shopify you need to install many plugins for your store which cost you $$$$ every single month.
    woocommerce also comes with great options in terms of payment you can still integrate payment methods like stripe paypal 2checkout and there are many more.

    The only difference is woocommerce setup takes little longer to setup than shopify.

    Namecheap hosting is best if you want to go with server get digital ocean or vultr dedicated droplet started with 5$/M 60$/year BTW for now i am using namecheap hosting steller plus and it's going so smooth..

    Once you setup your store then everything goes very smooth whether it's woocommerce or shopify.

  42. What if you want to sell to China consumers ? Can any of these free website builders (Shopify , Woo Commerce, WIX, Magento ) accepted by the China Great Firewall? Which of these website builder can be SEO for China search engine? Thanks.

  43. Biased Affiliate, not cool bro. Got to be honest with your peeps, clearly WordPress is superior & cheaper! Beginners need WordPress, not Shopify! Desperate attempt to con people into giving you recurring commissions. Doesn't work that way bro, when they set up their store and don't sell a thing, (which most people won't because there's methods and skills to these things people aren't aware of) they're gonna quit after the first month, then you have no recurring commissions, it's good for a one time payment but certainly not sustainable, not a good long term strategy I'm afraid. Your peeps will not trust you, without trust, you have nothing! You're Welcome.

  44. OMG!! I've used WIX before and it is the worst site to create a website. The other thing about it is that you can't transfer your site to another hosting site. Once you leave, that's it – you site is gone. I think WordPress is the best platform to use to build your sites. I use Elegant themes (Divi)

  45. Great info and very informative I think wordpress and woo commerce is good for me – is there a theme you would recommend for this?

  46. tl;dr

    Shopify: Integrated, heavily e-commerce based/friendly, low maintenance, very high cost.

    WordPress: basic experience with WordPress & functionalities needed, plug-ins available to set up a store, plenty of good free/paid themes to choose from, medium-high maintenance (depending on experience level) and low cost compared to shopify.

  47. I've heard it's best to use because once you start it, it's yours. I purchased an extension website and lost it in cyber space. Contacted the company and they hv no history of it. So does it matter in that case to have a WP site?

    I just want to sell hair extensions. Don't hv time to spend on building a site.

  48. Nice review. I echo a lot of what you're saying. I'd use Shopify under the following circumstances: 1) You're not technical, 2) Your business depends on dropshipping, 3) your sales channels are primarily social media applications, 4) You need something quick and dirty to get up and running. Otherwise if you have the budget, the technical know-how, and are implementing a mixed content creation strategy that uses all web platforms (search engines, social media, blogs, tube sites, product review sites), then use WordPress + Woocommerce.

  49. What about Prestashop? I would love to find a tutorial like the ones you make about WordPress but on Prestashop 🙂

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  51. Hi again I'm hare.. will you tell me please that if I use woozone automatic add product on my website then am i getting trouble about copywrite…i men its Google block my site for copyright????

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