Woocommerce for large eCommerce sites.....

by Etoot
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Is WordPress woocommerce can be used for building a large eCommerce site which have more than dozen main categories and more then hundred sub categories which further contain thousands or even million of products? If not, then what will be the alternative best optimal option for this?
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I've used it for sites with thousands of products, but never millions of products or hundreds of sub-categories, so don't really know. Hundreds of sub-categories sounds like a bit much for any site.
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  • Profile picture of the author sociafly
    Technically this should work, but it might very well be a nightmare to maintain. In my eyes WooCommerce are better suited for smaller shops with less products. I would consider looking at Magento instead. Sure, the learning curve is much steeper, but you will get an ecommerce platform that scales better and are much easier to manage if you get a lot of products.
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  • Profile picture of the author kjamesnv
    I agree with the above poster. WooCommerce is better suited towards smaller sites.

    Magento certainly can (and does) runs sites with millions of SKUS. However that type of operation requires some special planning especially regarding the hosting and data base systems. These concerns apply to any platform of that size not just Magento.

    If you're not familiar with these topics then you should hire an experienced consultant.
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  • Profile picture of the author User-Name
    My site has 12 000 products
    If you know phpadmin and mysql you can set up a site to run at blindingly fast speeds
    The restriction isnt so much on woocommerce it is on wordpress due to the amount of rubbish it can accumulate
    You also can set up woo to run in sub domains like mydomain1/mydoamain2 and use a portal system
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    • Profile picture of the author Metacomet
      Originally Posted by User-Name View Post

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      You also can set up woo to run in sub domains like mydomain1/mydoamain2 ...
      Great advice here for anyone who wants to stick with Woocommerce out of familiarity.

      Link your product categories to a subdomain housing all the products for that category in another WP installation + Woocommerce setup.

      Still, with hundreds of categories, not sure if I'd go this route.

      I've had great experience with OpenCart and would recommend giving it a peek. There are a lot of great one-click installs in CPanels for OpenCart depending on your host as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author lastreporter
    Originally Posted by Etoot View Post

    Is WordPress woocommerce can be used for building a large eCommerce site which have more than dozen main categories and more then hundred sub categories which further contain thousands or even million of products? If not, then what will be the alternative best optimal option for this?
    No offense to Woo users, but I found Woo to be totally filled with glitches and not in the major leagues. For one thing, it's not secure https. This is a real problem if you want to buy product ads from Amazon.com. They won't approve your account.

    My advice is to go with one of the pros like Shopify, Magento or other similar shopping carts.

    As I said I earnestly tried Woo on several ecommerce sites and found it lacking big time for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author repricerexpress
    I would go with something tried and tested with this level of products—Magento.
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    • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
      While Magento is the big boy, don't discount Opencart and Prestashop. I have been impressed by both and can run on less powerful hardware compared to Magento so always useful to look at.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michaelocity
        In my humble opinion, for a basic 'starter' shop, WooCommerce is fine. For a mid-level site, OpenCart is powerful, easy to use, and easy to customize. For a larger site with 1,000+ SKUs, then definetly go with Magento.
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        • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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          Originally Posted by Michaelocity View Post

          In my humble opinion, for a basic 'starter' shop, WooCommerce is fine. For a mid-level site, OpenCart is powerful, easy to use, and easy to customize. For a larger site with 1,000+ SKUs, then definatly go with Magento.
          Woocommerce handles shops with thousands of products with ease. I have them. Importing thousands of products with a csv file takes only minutes.
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          • Profile picture of the author sociafly
            Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

            Woocommerce handles shops with thousands of products with ease. I have them. Importing thousands of products with a csv file takes only minutes.
            You are absolutely right, technically WooCommerce can handle this without problems, and it's fairly easy to modify and tweak too. However, in my experience it's not necessarily the number of products that are the big issue, but the entire order handling process. If you get a lot of orders pr. day, in my opinion WooCommerce get a bit messy and you spend a lot more time managing the orders than you do in Magento.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tom Evans
        Originally Posted by OnlineStoreHelp View Post

        While Magento is the big boy, don't discount Opencart and Prestashop. I have been impressed by both and can run on less powerful hardware compared to Magento so always useful to look at.
        Absolutely, from the latest comparision ratings, we got a conclusion about the best ecommerce platforms. Check for the proof here ( Detailed Comparison of Magento vs Prestashop vs Opencart )

        Prestashop will be the upcoming leader in Ecommerce!
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        • Profile picture of the author kjamesnv
          Originally Posted by Tom Evans View Post

          Prestashop will be the upcoming leader in Ecommerce!
          Really? Why? What is your basis for this conclusion?
          The link you provided certainly does not indicate this at all.
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            • Profile picture of the author kjamesnv
              Originally Posted by Tom Evans View Post

              Well, I think you have not gone through the link properly. At the end of info-graph the conclusion is clear after Magento, Prestashop is the runner up one.
              I have no problem with Prestashop and think its a fine platform. However you have provided absolutely no "proof" Prestaship is about to be come the leader. The article you referenced doesn't even address that topic.

              Actually, recent data shows Prestashop not even in the top 10.
              WooCommerce Leads Ecommerce Platform Pack in April 2014 ยป Practical Ecommerce
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              • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
                I am curious to see what happens with Prestashop since they just got VC funding about a month or so ago. We could very well see a larger strategic buyer pull them in which can be good or bad...
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                • Profile picture of the author amcg
                  Originally Posted by OnlineStoreHelp View Post

                  I am curious to see what happens with Prestashop since they just got VC funding about a month or so ago. We could very well see a larger strategic buyer pull them in which can be good or bad...
                  I am interested in Prestashop too but still think the hosted/open source route is between Magento and OpenCart.

                  The dichotomy now for hosted carts is; do you do the Interspire thing and become BigCommerce or continue to pursue open source. Most folks now just want to run the store, not deal with the technology and so if you're following the money, you do a hosted product.

                  That said, I like the idea of open source and from a developer perspective, having the ability to take some software and run your own store at less cost (vs proprietary) is powerful still.
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                  • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
                    Originally Posted by amcg View Post

                    I am interested in Prestashop too but still think the hosted/open source route is between Magento and OpenCart.

                    The dichotomy now for hosted carts is; do you do the Interspire thing and become BigCommerce or continue to pursue open source. Most folks now just want to run the store, not deal with the technology and so if you're following the money, you do a hosted product.

                    That said, I like the idea of open source and from a developer perspective, having the ability to take some software and run your own store at less cost (vs proprietary) is powerful still.
                    Interestingly enough I am hearing a ton more about Spree which is Rails. Think open source Shopify. Most of these flash sales and daily deal type sites are being run on Spree as compared to Magento. Don't forget about NOPCommerce. I haven't played with it but it it still a popular option.

                    Magento is doing it with both hosted and self hosted but i think their hosted (magento go) is weak compared to the other hosted carts. I think it also depends on where Visa, Mastercard and the PCI Compliance Council go with online shopping. With the large data breaches at Target and the less publicized breach at Niemen Marcus, you could see them start clamping down on compliance testing which will cause issues with not only the open source carts but especially woo commerce.

                    But you are right, for those that want to just run a store and don't have a huge budget for a developer, the hosted solution is the way to go. It is surprising even the number of huge companies that are using hosted solutions.
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    • Profile picture of the author pcgun007
      wordpress is the best... think Woocommerce + wordpress can make a great eCommerce site
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  • Profile picture of the author w13
    For big business (product more than million), I recommend using magento. But for small business (just dozen product), just use woocommerce or jigoshop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Solid Commerce
    It does actually sound like Magento is the better option for you.

    In another thread on this forum, OnlineStoreHelp actually described Magento as the "semi truck" of shopping cart platforms. He also pointed out that this isn't what everyone needs all the time, which is very true.

    It sounds, though, like you're going to need a solution that can grow and scale along with you in a VERY huge way, and Magento might absolutely be the right choice for those needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author HazelChris
    WooCommerce is great. It has tones of features. With a powerful plugin like WooCommerce, setting up a basic online store is nearly effortless.It’s the most popular WordPress plugin for setting up a shopping cart and no wonder, the number of self-professed experts in the field too is high.
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