Design and Development

Shopify vs. WordPress

By February 21, 2017 No Comments

That’s actually a fairly common question that I get here at In fact, I get them more than 2-3 times a day.
Reason? Every day, more and more people decide to launch their own e-commerce stores, but almost immediately they’re met with more questions than answers

(1.) What platform should I use?
(2.) Will I have to pay any fees?
(3.) Can I sell ebooks or downloads or just physical products?
(4.) Can I “dropship”?

Like with most things in life, the short answer to whether you should go with Shopify or WordPress is this: It depends…

The main difference between Shopify and WordPress

In a sentence, the main difference between Shopify and WordPress is that Shopify is an online tool/service, whereas WordPress is a stand-alone software that you need to install yourself.

In order to use Shopify, all you have to do is go to, and sign up for an account. Once done, you only need to go through a quick setup, and your e-commerce store is up and running.

To use WordPress as your e-commerce platform, on the other hand, requires a lot more steps:

First, you need to buy a domain and a web hosting account where you can have the default version of WordPress installed.
You need to pick a theme (design) for your website, plus a handful of plugins to take care of things like SEO, social media integration and whatnots.
After that, you need a plugin like WooCommerce to provide you with all the e-commerce features (those are not built into WordPress out the gate).
Finally, you need to go through the configuration process of your e-commerce store (the store details, payment gateway integrations, products, and etc.). Those can take a while of its own too.

And last but not least, with Shopify, you also get support, which means that should you ever encounter any trouble with the platform, you can simply contact the support team, and they will (likely) solve it.

With WordPress, there’s no support.

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