The one thing you need to understand to pick between Shopify and WordPress

July 11, 2017

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  1. Rosemary

    July 11th, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Fascinating that you should post this just now as it is exactly the decision I am trying to make for my reworked website. I already have my domain name and a site to host and I realized I don’t really need a shopping cart because my products are made to order and take a month to ship so I am not running CC until later (except for the deposit). The solution I am leaning towards is to have an Etsy shop for immediately available products and WordPress website for everything else. If the time comes that I want a shopping cart I can add it to the WordPress site.

  2. Deborah Engelmajer

    July 11th, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Rosemary,
    That sounds like a great plan! You can even embed Etsy onto your WordPress site with a plugin like Etsy360 down the track, or even use Etsy mini so this is definitely a great choice 🙂

  3. Laura Delaquis

    July 11th, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Perfect timing – I just opened this “can of worms ” for myself and I love the advice not to dwell too long. I have way too much on my plate to keep making this a big dramatic decision:-) I think I am leaning towards wordpress – I just need to do a little education on hosting providers! Thank you for this! (and for all you do!)

  4. Deborah Engelmajer

    July 12th, 2017 at 2:02 am

    My best tip for hosting provider is BY FAR Siteground! I have tried and worked with at least 10 different hosts, and nothing comes close to siteground in terms of service, customer support, security/backup, and help when you need it! You should check them out 😉

  5. Steve Cranson

    July 12th, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    my existing site is hosted by Godaddy so I add a wordpress site. Godaddy is a great host.

    Now I have to redesign my logo, then interface with PayPal (using new logo so jump to their site is transparent), and interface with facebook (using purchase from FB). My next task will be adding product to the store and interface with Pinterest. Hope I can do all this in less than 6 months so I’m ready for christmas.

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  6. Deborah Engelmajer

    July 12th, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Steve! You sure can do it in the next 6 months as long as you stick to a plan 🙂 I am convinced you can do it!

  7. Ziad A. Rahman

    November 20th, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Hi Deborah, I’ve used Siteground for the past 14 years. But only for informational websites. Now that I’m starting up an online store, I’m not sure WordPress with an e-commerce plug in for payments (i.e. payment gateways, etc) is easier to handle than a platform like Shopify that has it built in. Perhaps I’m not right in that description. Is my understanding right that with Shopify, the payment gateway and all that is necessary to process payments is included in the service. Whereas with SiteGround+Wordpress+e-commerce platform, you’d need a 3rd party payment gateway plug-in.

  8. Deborah Engelmajer

    November 20th, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Hello 🙂 Great question!
    To take payments online, the 2 most popular payment processors are Stripe and Paypal. Shopify integrates directly with them and does come with hosting, domain name, etc. It’s a “package deal” if you want.
    With WordPress, you’re right, you need to get your own hosting and domain (Siteground) and install WooCommerce on wordpress, which is a free e-commerce plugin that integrates with Paypal and Stripe for free as well.
    It is not as hard as it might sound, but if you would rather not have to deal with any of it, then Shopify is the way to go (but there is a monthly fee)

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