Comparison of e-Commerce platforms PrestaShop vs Woocommerce.
Choosing the right e-commerce platform can be difficult. Today’s market offers you several options. To make your store very profitable, you need to choose the solution that best meets your initial needs and that offers you all the features you need to develop. To relieve you of the burden of choice, we have prepared the comparison between two of the main e-Commerce platforms: PrestaShop vs Woocommerce.
Before we start, it is important to mention that no matter which solution you choose, it’s imperative to choose a reliable e-commerce agency, with extensive experience in the field and depth in its resources.
- Has 1,000,000 Community members
- Translate your store’s content into 25 languages
- Present in 200 countries
- Manage customer and order relations
- Internationalize your store (taxes, currencies, languages, formats)
- Bring your store to life (promotions, sales operations)
- Advanced creation for products and stock management
- Advanced statistics table
- In accordance with Article 88 of Law 2015-1785 against VAT fraud
- Management of very large product catalogues
- 600 native features
- Over 6,500 modules, 5,000 themes on the Addons Marketplace
- 100% free
- 350 contributors
- Plugins adapted to the WooCommerce extension are limited
- Less than 21% free extensions
- No multi-store management
- Not adapted to very large-sized catalogues
- Basic sales tool
- No native multilingual support
- Basic statistics table
- Basic stock management
- Multi-language support impossible, language by default
- 75 native features
- Over 400 modules, 60 themes
Main differences between PrestaShop and Woocommerce
PrestaShop was created in order to offer a feature-rich, efficient online sales platform. Launched on the market in 2007, the e-commerce solution has today become one of the most popular, with over 270,000 active stores around the world. WooCommerce is a plug-in for WordPress (blog platform whose initial goal is not online sales) developed in 2011, which offers the possibility to transform a website into an e-commerce.
With the two options, you can use themes or create a custom design. There are a number of templates covering practically all sectors. With any PrestaShop theme, your online store will look like what it truly is: an e-commerce. It will display characteristic and recognizable elements of an online sales site, always located in adequate zones. The user is in unknown territory: an online store. On the contrary, in WordPress, a number of themes compatible with WooCommerce don’t have the appearance of an online sales site, which can be confusing. You don’t know if you are browsing a company website, a virtual store, a catalogue, an affiliate platform…
Characteristics and configuration
PrestaShop is e-commerce software created specifically to sell online. It brings together everything necessary to configure online stores: product attributes, sale rules, advanced stock management, virtual product management, a product comparer, pre-visualization mode, invoicing, massive data import and export, statistics, multilingual support, tax rules, single- or multi-step purchasing processes, employee management, etc. Many of these features aren’t available with WooCommerce and you’ll need to use specific plug-ins to manage pricing, multi-language or multi-store support, catalogue mode, product comparison, data importation, and others. In these cases, some modules can lead to incompatibility and conflict with other existing plug-ins.
An evolving solution
PrestaShop is an ever-changing tool. Its 600 features are not meant to be used when creating your store. The more your activity grows, the more you will use its features. PrestaShop can manage very large catalogues (over 100,000 products) and can handle a high number of orders. WooCommerce is not adapted for large catalogues. As such, if your activity grows, you will quickly run into problems related to stock management, order processing, customer service, etc.
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This comparison was updated on 14-03-2018. If you believe there is inaccurate information please do not hesitate to contact us.
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