As more and more businesses are moving their products and services online, woo-commerce players are making every serious effort to respond to their customer needs and wants in the manner most effective.
There are a number of options out there when it comes to choosing a perfect woo-commerce partner for your shop, both free and paid. However, if you want something right out of the box then you have two choices – Woo-Commerce and Open-Cart. Both of these are leading, woo-commerce tools that make it easy to set up an online store, and have tons of options and possibilities for customization.
Woo-Commerce is a WordPress plugin. Users already running a site powered by WordPress simply have to install the plugin; a quick and easy process. If users are starting from scratch, they will need to create a WordPress site, either manually, or using a host with a one-click install option. WordPress is very popular, so it’s easy to find a host that can set it up without issue.
An installation wizard guides the Woo-Commerce installation so users have built-in support.
Open-Cart is a standalone ecommerce platform, but its installation is somewhat similar to that of Woo-Commerce. Users can use a single click installer like Softaculous to set up Open-Cart quickly. For more control, advanced users can set up this ecommerce platform manually.
Woo-Commerce has an easier install process than Open-Cart.
Ease of Use:
Woo-Commerce simply extends the WordPress, so users already familiar with this platform should have no problem in handling. The stats and information about a store are displayed right on the WordPress dashboard, making it very easy for users to follow performance. Automated features make it easy to set up things like coupons, discounts, and geo-location settings, while advanced customization features give more technologically inclined users the option of diving in deeper.
Open-Cart is fairly intuitive as a woo-commerce platform, with an admin interface that offers a high degree of control. One of the big bonuses of Open-Cart is the ability to manage multiple storefronts from the same admin interface, so if you have the need for various outlets, you should find it very easy to manage them all from Open-Cart.
Extensions, Themes and Add-ons:
Open-Cart boasts an impressive front-end template by default, but as a user you have the freedom to choose your own template from over 2000 options. Themes can be both free and paid, ranging from $60-$70. There are also great deals of add-ons available.
Woo-Commerce, on the other hand, does not include some basic functionality as compared to Open-Cart, so you will have to pay for a good amount of extensions to meet your diverse needs. You’ll need to pay for different payment processors such as PayPal.
As far as templates are concerned, Woo-Commerce comes with a handy collection of free and paid themes. The price of these themes can be between $39-$79, provided with Adobe Photoshop options.
It is quite tricky to carry out customization’s to the theme you use in Open-Cart. The template structure is not easy to access, and its pieces of code are stored in the database instead of HTML, thus making it difficult for a webmaster to get the job done.
When talking about Woo-Commerce, the plugin is blessed with amazing customization abilities. The plugin offers all the necessary administrative tools to revamp the overall quality and functioning of your website. Also, there is a greater degree of control when it comes to making modifications to the design. Woo-Commerce has simpler and better customization features that Open-Cart.
Open-Cart is an independent Woo-commerce solution so it’s quite easy to set up multiple Woo-commerce sites using a single installation.
This feature is something which isn’t available in Woo-Commerce. It cannot be used on websites other than WordPress and you need multiple installations to create multiple shopping carts. However, for Open-Cart it is not required for you to use multiple installations and sell your products.
Open-Cart is a better platform for managing multiple stores. It is also more flexible in that it works on any website, rather than only WordPress.
Both of the plugins have their own set of pros and cons, so it ultimately boils down to your own individual needs. If you are tech-savvy, want an independent online channel, and do not need too much customization then go for Open-Cart. But, if you want to extend the functionality of your website in the simplest way then you should go for Woo-Commerce.