Technology has really changed the way the businesses are being conducted. Today, most of the businesses are taking the online road to reach their customers far and beyond their domestic boundaries. eCommerce in this regard is playing a prominent role.
However, an eCommerce website that would really augment your online venture demands a host of tools and functionalities to ensure flawless performance. In other words, you need to know what would really work for your business and what tools you should use for your e-commerce website.
There are a wide number of eCommerce platforms available with their own set of benefits. However, if you want something that offers good features and isn’t too heavy on the pocket, then you can go for either OpenCart or WooCommerce. Both of these not only boast of advanced features that really make it easier to setup an online store but also a wide number of options to customize your store the way you deem fit. In this write-up, we will be comparing OpenCart with WooCommerce on various criteria and see which one emerges to be the best.
WooCommerce Vs OpenCart – Basics
Launched in the year 2008, OpenCart is an open-source shopping cart system designed to meet the needs of online stores. A free to use system, it offers a host of themes and extensions to meet all the requirements of an online store. An extensively designed eCommerce system it supports PHP5, MySQL, and Apache. Besides this, you can also host any server of your choice as long as you meet all of its system requirements.
WooThemes launched WooCommerce in the year 2011, to be used specifially on WordPress based websites. WooCommerce made it easier to convert WordPress websites into fully functional eCommerce stores. Backed by a reliable company, WooCommerce offers advanced features for a stunning UI/UX.
OpenCart has a simple installation process. You can install OpenCart in two ways:
2.Using a single click script installer
The manual installation process although somewhat tiresome offers wider option to customize the store as per your requirements. Single click scripts, on the contrary, offers a quick installation process.
A WordPress plugin, the only requisite to install WooCommerce is a WordPress site. All you need is a full-fledged WordPress website to install WooCommerce. Just visit the WordPress website from your dashboard to install all the necessary files.
Verdict – WooCommerce is much simpler to install than OpenCart.
Add-ons, Themes, and Extensions
OpenCart offers a default theme package for the store front, besides this, you can also choose from more than 2000 templates (free and paid) available in its repository. The themes are available from $60 to $70 along with a wide range of add-ons.
Another great thing about OpenCart is the default integration of Facebook, Twitter, and Google Analytics. However, if you wish to add some other essential services such as Amazon or eBay, you have to pay for the extensions. OpenCart also has a good number of add-ons for SEO and shipping.
Compared to OpenCart, WooCommerce doesn’t offer any vital features as default. To add a feature or even payment processing systems like PayPal, you would have to purchase extensions. Further, WooCommerce offers a limited amount of help and support, so you will have to pay to get complete access to the forum.
Speaking of themes and templates, WooCommerce has a rich collection of both free and premium themes available for $39 to $79. It also offers an option for Adobe Photoshop.
Verdict – In terms of plugins and extensions, OpenCart offers much better choices than WooCommerce. However, both the platforms have a wide variety of impressive add-ons and plugins for your store.
OpenCart isn’t really customization friendly. Its code snippets are stored in a database instead of an HTML, making it difficult for the developer to access the structure of the template perform customization.
WooCommerce is pretty easier to customize. WooCommerce gives a user the total autonomy over the administration to ensure the user can easily manage the functions and look of the website. It also offers great options to manage the modifications of the website design.
Verdict – WooCommerce offers better opportunities at customizing your store than OpenCart.
OpenCart offers an independent solution for eCommerce, thereby making the process of setting up multiple stores much easier with a single installation.
WooCommerce doesn’t support multiple stores functionality. WooCommerce cannot be installed on sites other than WordPress. This requires multiple installations to have multiple stores.
Verdict – OpenCart wins as it is more flexible and easier to manage multiple stores using OpenCart than with WooCommerce that works only with WordPress.
Both OpenCart and WooCommerce offers their own set of feature and benefits. Your choice of a platform should solely be based on your business requirements. If you’re looking for a simple platform and don’t have any need for customization, then OpenCart is the one for you, however, if you’re looking for an option that would allow you to easily extend the quality and functionality of your store, then WooCommerce is what you should choose.