OpenCart vs WooCommerce

Having decided to create a successful online business, many people are faced with the technologies and platforms choice issue. There are many CMS’s to implement all your needs. Both have beautiful interfaces and a different set of options and potentials. Thus, a problem appears – which one will suit the best for you?

If you were discovering this issue, you might have noticed two of the most popular eCommerce solutions – OpenCart and WooCommerce. Maybe, you have already thought about which one to choose. Let’s take a look at the comparison between them in order to make clear of what they offer and which one is better for you.

OpenCart

Since 2008 OpenCart has built a huge community with millions of followers. This CMS provides many opportunities, themes, and extensions for online business. There is a perfect documentation as well it is easy to use and understand.

Installation

This CMS is quite simple to integrate and it has its own set of tools to help you get started. Any user can easily install it via 2 ways: by using an installer or manually. The first option is time-saving and simple for beginners, who want to set up their own store. To make things done – you can use one of OpenCart installers, for example, SimpleScripts or Softaculous

In a case of manual installation, you are getting able to customize your project more deeply. However, it’s more complex and not everyone can afford it.

Extensions

OpenCart offers a number of beautiful front-end themes, which can be downloaded for free or get bought from template stores. The price for such themes is ranging from $60-$70.There is also a great deal of add-ons available. And if you don’t like existing themes, you are always able to ask us to develop your own unique design. 

Many useful services are integrated by default, for example, Google Analytics, Twitter, Facebook, eBay. However you may find the whole list of paid great features or to order a development for a custom one.

Customization

The template structure is quite complicated to understand, some parts of the code are located in the database, instead of HTML. It can be difficult to implement some changes for a simple user, but there’s no special challenge for a good specialist. 

Features

OpenCart gives a nice benefit for huge businesses. It supports multiple stores and languages, over 24 payment options, a large number of shipping methods and user-friendly admin panel. Another useful thing – this CMS provides detailed product views and sales report. Thus, you can be always familiar with items popularity and your product statistics.

Cons

This system may be slow, even on a dedicated server. But it can be easily fixed via a caching plugin. Another dark side may be found in SEO. The system does not offer friendly URL-addresses, so you will need an extension to fix it. So,  most of the OpenCart’s force located in the plugins :)

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is the most popular free Wordpress eCommerce plugin. In fact, more than 10% of all eCommerce websites are using it. WooCommerce is just an extension, thus, it can’t be used without Wordpress installation. Anyway, this plugin has its own set of extensions which are able to increase its functionality. They may range from free to up to $100.

Installation

As mentioned before, first you’ll need to install a required version of Wordpress. When  the site will be ready and set up, you will be able to download and install a WooCommerce plugin directly from theWP admin panel. Otherwise, you can download it from the WordPress.org and upload the extension files to a server.

Extensions

Unlike OpenCart, WooCommerce comes without much basic functionality like payment getaways. Thus, you’ll have to buy a number of extensions to set up necessary functions. Also, WooCommerce provides limited support and access to the forum requires some payment.

However, you are always able to find nice paid themes and extensions for this plugin. The price ranges between $39-$79.

Customization

The common user won’t have problems in understanding WooCommerce usage. Also, it’s quite easy to customize this plugin. It provides all the necessary administrative tools to increase your website functionality and the overall quality. Also, there is a greater degree of control when it comes to implementing design modifications. 

Features

WooCommerce, as mentioned above, is pleasant to use, because of its simplicity. It’s free and easy to integrate into your Wordpress website. It is suitable for a number of additional extensions, which can improve its basic functions. 

Cons

We have already noticed about plugins Wordpress addiction and paid support. But the main con may appear also in a security issue. Wordpress is a very popular platform, thus, it provokes hackers to attempt system braking. In order to keep safe, you’ll have to keep up with all the updates. Also, you’ll have to monitor and check whether an update doesn’t affect the plugins functionality. Sounds strange, but sometimes it happens.

Conclusions

OpenCart and WooCommerce can work well for different groups of users. The choice depends on what your requirements are, and also the current size and scaling needs of your organization. WooCommerce is simple to use and integrate for common user but if you want to maintain a large eCommerce website, then take a look more to the OpenCart system. It is really powerful and allows you to run huge online stores using almost all the necessary functionality that comes by default.