So you want to sell online? Smart move! With the amount of e-shoppers in SA growing as fast as a line for free coffee at Starbucks, an e-commerce platform for your business is becoming one of the best ways to attract new customers, trade round the clock and keep that cash rolling in. Ka-ching!
But where to start? First things first. You need a functional online store. One that is aesthetically pleasing, but also provides shoppers with all the nifty bells and whistles that make online shopping a joy.
Two of the most popular e-commerce solutions for achieving this are Shopify and WooCommerce. But which to choose? Well…
Shopify is a basic, subscription-based service that hosts your online shop for you. Whether you’re experienced in the e-commerce space or just bringing an offline store online to grow your business, the easy-to-use service has a range of tools you’ll need to create a successful online shop.
WooCommerce (or Woo-Hoo-Commerce as we like to call it!) is a plugin that requires hosting and a working WordPress installation to run. WooCommerce lets you modify your store freely and is entirely flexible when it comes to customisations. There’s also the bonus of adding any functionality imaginable to your website with the help of more than 50,000 WordPress plugins. Score!
At Coffee, our Web Developers are kinda famous for creating every web miracle known to man and womankind. They understand that with great power comes great responsibility. This is why we choose to use a platform that allows us to whip up web wonders (try saying that 5 times fast) without restriction – WooCommerce.
Here are 3 reasons why WooCommerce is the obvious choice for Coffee Creative Studios and its clients.
1. Designs that Dazzle
You’re a business like no other, so your online store should be too. Using WordPress we can create for you a one of a kind design that reflects your business’s style and personality to a T. From your colour scheme and typography, to layouts, visuals and other areas that affect the aesthetics of your site – everything is 100% original. It also means that of the 644 million active websites, you will be the only one with your theme, making your brand instantly identifiable to online shoppers.
2. Cool to Customise
At Coffee, we’re always down with the latest and greatest trends in the web development space. Why? Because we want our clients to stay current and have the best online platform possible. With WooCommerce we can custom build you the online store that does everything you want it to. From hosting unlimited products and incorporating discount codes, to SEO, social media integration and more – we know what it takes to execute successful design, web development and maintenance.
3. Bang On the Money
WooCommerce is the more budget-friendly of the two. Shopify charges set monthly fees, but WooComerce on the other hand is a subscription-free service that has many free plugins available, although you do have to pay for some. What makes WooCommerce great is you don’t have to pay for features you may not even need.
If that isn’t enough, Shopify also charges a transaction fee for each sale made via your online and WooCommerce does not.
Now that you know who our clear winner is for building those web wonders, pop into our studio for cuppa and let’s chat about building that online store of your dreams.