WooCommerce is the best e-commerce plugin in the world while PrestaShop has been established as one of the best CMS platforms. Let’s see which one really is the best and why.
Launched in 2007, PrestaShop is an open-source e-commerce solution. A flexible solution, it has quickly gained popularity as a commendable e-commerce platform.
WooCommerce was launched in 2011. It is one of the best plugins that transforms your WordPress website into a feature-rich shopping cart platform.
An e-commerce platform, PrestaShop help medium and large size businesses sell on the online marketplace. You can add a static CMS page and include a blog functionality using a free plugin.
An open-source WordPress plugin, WooCommerce enhances the functionality of the CMS by integrating a shopping cart. In other words, it helps to sell your products even via content websites.
The PrestaShop official website offers more than 1300 themes. Besides this, ThemeForest has 390+ themes and Template Monster offers 1000+ themes.
There are around 6000 themes that have been designed to work with WordPress besides the 430 out of the box themes that are compatible with WooCommerce. All the themes can be modified. However, not all the WordPress themes are compatible with WooCommerce, so be sure to check its compatibility before you go ahead with the installation of a theme.
A Word Of Caution
there are many nullified themes available online, these are either outdated, incompatible or have a lot of bugs. Further, they could have also been infected with some kind of malware, so it is always safe to install themes from reliable sources.
PrestaShop has Smarty framework working under the hood. You can easily modify the design to your liking if you have some knowledge of HTML and CSS.
You can easily modify the design of your theme from within the theme itself. Just go to the “/WooCommerce/” folder within your theme and override the template to create your own unique design.
PrestaShop allows for easy modification of various elements of the store as per the user’s requirements. One can easily add or remove different features using the simple admin panel.
WooCommerce offers unbeatable flexibility compared to most of the popular CMSs available in the market. It combines the best of WordPress and PrestaShop to offer all the high-end features to assist in the effective management of your online store. Simply put, it provides a wide range of plugins for SEO, social media, marketing, live chat, review, affiliate marketing and pretty much anything you might need for your online store.
You can also easily categorize your products, offer all types of products (physical, virtual or downloadable) to your potential customers along with flexible options for accepting payments.
A self-hosted open open-source shopping cart software, PrestaShop powers more than 185,000 stores across 160 countries at present. It has been officially downloaded for nearly 3.8 million times and has around 600,000 members in the community. Besides this, it is one of the top 10 scripts listed in Softaculous, a popular auto script installer.
The number one e-commerce plugin designed for WordPress sites, it powers more than 260,000 websites at present and has been downloaded for over more than 3.4 million times.
Ease of use
Both PrestaShop and WooCommerce are easy to use and can be used to sell pretty much anything. Besides this, both offers powerful tools to perform a host of functions to manage your products (addition, deletion, creation), categories, uploading of images and managing of reviews. The installation is also pretty easy and simple.
Speaking of the backend, PrestaShop boasts of a properly organized feature-rich dashboard offering good insights related to sales, orders, conversion rate, traffic (daily, monthly and annually). You can also manage information related to products, orders, pricing and shipping with just a few clicks.
WooCommerce basically works on WordPress, this allows the users to use the default WordPress tools. Simple to use yet powerful, these tools can be easily used to get details related to orders, sales, traffic, and manage comments and overall performance of the store.
When it comes to getting full-version modules and upgrading or extending the functionality of your PrestaShop store, it isn’t really budget friendly. You need to spend a good amount of money to purchase themes, templates, and extensions.
It is an open-source plugin that transforms a WordPress website into a complete e-commerce store. There are a wide number of themes and extension available for free. If you wish to add some specific extension you can purchase the extensions that are cheaper than extensions offered by many other popular platforms.
PrestaShop and WooCommerce are great platforms that offers solution for building powerful stores with a strong web presence. Both have their own set of benefits and limitations and deciding which one is the best is something that must solely be based on your business requirements and nature of your business.