Magento or WooCommerce for me ?

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I have read the wealth of information that the members of this forums have been sharing. I would like to thank everyone for sharing all that information and it has for sure given me a tremendous boost for when I will start my first business.

I have been having a big dilemma for the last months on which e-commerce solutions to use. At first I had been looking at the monthly paid solutions such as Shopify and BigCommerce. Although I think they are great, I do believe it would help me more to go for an open-source solution.

Many members here advised that WooCommerce is best thing to invest in at the present time with more than 30% market share and there are also a lot of people also appreciate the robustness of Magento.

I am looking to open a e-commerce store with 200 products to start and slowly building it up to about 1000 products.
It will be a drop shipping store to start with as I am targeting a new market. If things picks up I will look into importing goods and selling some stock locally.

Furthermore, I would like to help my dad who have just opened a convenience store and would like to open for him a online store from which he could scan barcode and add inventory instead of putting stickers on products. It is a small store that should handle about 200-300 products. I was thinking of using WooCommerce with WooPOS or I could go with Magento and MagentoPOS.

Which one do you think would be more foolproof as I wouldn't be in the same country than my dad to iron the issues?
I would like the pos system to be able to handle cash, credit cards and barcode scanning.

So the questions I would have is:
- Would it be in my case, a better decision for me to go with Magento or should I seriously think about WooCommerce?
- Running a retail store and an online store with a POS should I go with Magento or WooCommerce
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  • To be honest, WooCommerce and Magento are both brilliant for making your e-commerce online store. They both allow you to upload unlimited number of products so you can handle as much as product you want. They are SEO friendly platforms.

    If you are familiar with Wordpress, Woocommerce is easier to use by and great to set it up properly whereas Magento allows for multiple attributes and custom options for each product but it is a bit difficult to understand for the beginners.

    So if you are new and just starting eCommerce business I would probably recommend you to go with Woocommerce. It is cheaper and more flexible.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    WooCommerce can easily handle the products. I don't know anything about an extension for scanning products into the online store though. Have you found something that does that? I use csv import to import a lot of products in. It works really great.
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  • Profile picture of the author NEWCOMMERCE
    Thank you for your help,

    I am leaning toward magento as I have already installed it on my server but haven't started playing with it and I will also test run WooCommerce.

    I saw a few extensions that were able to import a barcode into a products so that is one thing sorted.

    I had wordpress installed in 2013 for my business but it wasn't eCommerce and I really loathed the image management and uploader. Did they change things since then?
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  • Profile picture of the author mishoppe888
    Hi Buddy,

    Sorry but I will give you another option for eCommerce is WordPress. Because I had tried both of them but finally I am fit with WordPress. The reason is you will find thousand of plugin that helps you to develop better site. Most of the WordPress themes are SEO Friendly so it will help to grow your audience.

    Hope it will help you...
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  • Profile picture of the author StanleyDavid
    There are many platforms available you can choose any of Shopify, bigcommerce, magento, woocommerce

    I will go for woocommerce because it is the fastest growing ecommerce platform.
    The reasons are here presented in slideshare:

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  • Profile picture of the author ZelimirGraf
    From my experience, Magento is a platform with great possibilities, but brings with it relatively high maintenance and development costs due to its complexity. Development of a Magento store is much pricier than the development of a WooCommerce store, regardless of using paid templates or going for the custom development.

    With the availability of thousands of WooCommerce plugins that come at relatively low prices (a lot of them for free), one can do a lot with WooCommerce for a relatively low investment.

    In short, there`s a good chance you won`t miss any of the Magento features if you go with WooCommerce and plan it all out from the beginning. The money savings will absolutely be worth it. I had a lot of clients that came to me from Magento and asked for a migration to WooCommerce only because they could not afford to maintain a Magento store in financial terms.
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  • Profile picture of the author NEWCOMMERCE
    I installed a copy of woocommerce on the server and the admin area doesn't click much for me. It looks very amateurish and not well thought.
    I really don't like the style of woocommerce which is that a product is a new post, it doesn't make much sense for me. I am probably biased by the fact that I originally didn't like wordpress very much.

    I am sure it is very adequate for a small ecommerce business. I will try to play around a bit to see if I like it more.

    In term of cost for people that switched one versus another, is there a huge difference? I read a few blog and reviews that said that with magento most of the extension are paid once whereas the popular woocommerce one have to be paid on a yearly basis. Could anyone confirm?

    Maybe a solution for me would be to try both on different business and see which one I like more at the end.
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  • Profile picture of the author javarog
    Try https://www.cubecart.com/ its fast and free..
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    Can give a try to Joomla+Virtuemart
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  • Profile picture of the author NEWCOMMERCE
    I had a quick look at both but not convinced.
    I will stick with Magento and Wordpress testing.
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  • Profile picture of the author clemsonwebdesign
    Magento developer here. If you have a small budget and no Magento development experience then I would go WooCommerce or Shopify. Magento takes development skills and or a budget to get up and running smoothly.

    Its really a budget question. If you can afford to hire developers when you want something done or when things go wrong (or need updated etc) with your Magento store then go for it. If you want the Support and SaaS no-hassle hosting then Shopify. If you can manage your own hosting and server and want to avoid the Shopify transaction fees then go WooCommerce.

    All three platforms are more than capable. The real question is what are YOU capable of and really only YOU know that.
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    • Profile picture of the author NEWCOMMERCE
      Originally Posted by clemsonwebdesign View Post

      Magento developer here. If you have a small budget and no Magento development experience then I would go WooCommerce or Shopify. Magento takes development skills and or a budget to get up and running smoothly.

      Its really a budget question. If you can afford to hire developers when you want something done or when things go wrong (or need updated etc) with your Magento store then go for it. If you want the Support and SaaS no-hassle hosting then Shopify. If you can manage your own hosting and server and want to avoid the Shopify transaction fees then go WooCommerce.

      All three platforms are more than capable. The real question is what are YOU capable of and really only YOU know that.
      Thank you for your insightful answer. I believe am a good developer and I am a quick learner.

      I wanted member's opinion on the two platforms as I am thinking it would be really a waste of time to spend all my energy on WooCommerce then at the end of the road realise that I need Magento.

      My thinking would be to use one database and link several domain name with different layout which is not Native with WooCommerce. Also if the business picks up well I would probably hire people to take care of inventory and sales and then I am not too sure which products will shine in that aspect.

      I really like how magento lay out the admin area and also how products are managed compared to WooCommerce. I am just a bit worried that Magento would be too much work. If a few bits and pieces can fix problem I can probably do that. If it involves writing pages and pages of contents then maybe I will rethink.

      I am in the process of creating several website with about 500 to 2000 skus.

      In your experience, how wrong do things go with Magento after installing new updates/extensions ?
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  • Profile picture of the author seodeveloping
    Shopify and Big Commerce are excellent choices for someone who doesn't want to deal with the server side stuff or worry about payment partner integrations.
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  • Profile picture of the author javarog
    one more for you to look at built on magento https://www.zoey.com/#
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  • Profile picture of the author AffEngineer
    Many of the above are quite capable.

    I have a woocommerce store and love the flexibility.

    I also have a shopify store and love the huge marketplace of apps you can choose from.

    Start with either and see how you go, changing is not an issue since it's quite new.
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulConner
    Too many helpful information for you and i think you have had right choice for your own. Personally, I prefer WooCommerce, even though both of them are the best now. WooCommerce is easy to use, you wont take too much time to make familiar and install and use it effectively.
    In case of your choice cant satisfy you, i suggest you to use the Magento to wooCommerce migration tool or WooCommerce to Magento migration tool to help you make decision again.
    Best wishes,
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    • Profile picture of the author IdosellShop
      Originally Posted by PaulConner View Post

      Too many helpful information for you and i think you have had right choice for your own. Personally, I prefer WooCommerce, even though both of them are the best now. WooCommerce is easy to use, you wont take too much time to make familiar and install and use it effectively.
      In case of your choice cant satisfy you, i suggest you to use the Magento to wooCommerce migration tool or WooCommerce to Magento migration tool to help you make decision again.
      Best wishes,
      It depends n your pockets- both are not bad but both require deep pockets if you wish to do it right.
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