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Old December 16th, 2018 Dec 16, 2018 12:16:41 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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trying to build a website to sell my shirts, fairly new to this & your opinions would be greatly appreciated..Thanx!
 
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Old December 16th, 2018 Dec 16, 2018 12:54:58 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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I'm in the midst of researching this myself

Trying to decide if I should create a wordpress.net site so that I own it and connect with woo commerce - or use Shopify or Big Commerce.
 
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According to 2018 most used CMS platforms you should go either with Shopify or Wordpress + Woo commerce .
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I use Ecwid in my own website. I also have the same shop embedded in a forum.

REASONS TO USE ECWID OVER SHOPIFY.

It’s a good option for users who already have a website that you they are happy with, but wish to add a fully-featured online store to it.

Ecwid’s multilingual functionality is considerably better than Shopify’s.

Ecwid is great for users on a budget or those who have basic selling requirements, because its free plan may actually meet many merchants’ needs.

It provides considerably more flexibility with regard to product options than Shopify.

It provides abandoned cart functionality at a considerably lower price point than Shopify.
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I'm in the midst of researching this myself

Trying to decide if I should create a wordpress.net site so that I own it and connect with woo commerce - or use Shopify or Big Commerce.
i've never heard of wordpress.net
if you do decide on woocommerce,
just make sure you get a good hosting company
(all of them will have one-click wordpress install through softaculous nowadays)

as barkone mentioned, woo is by far the most used ecomm platform
(last i heard was around 35% of all online stores)

woo is nice because you can get full-functionality and pretty decent customization for free
stripe is free, as well as paypal
you can also have your site up and running as fast as you can input your pics and prices

as i mentioned before, you can have a local version of your website to test out new plugins/themes/etc,
and still have your store online and running

the main issue with wordpress/woo is too many/conflicting/un-needed plugins
this will cause page loads or errors

come boxing day - new years there will be many sales for web-hosting and securing your domain names
i personally would recommend namecheap,
they have 24/7/365 online chat support
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Trying to decide if I should create a wordpress.net site so that I own it and connect with woo commerce - or use Shopify or Big Commerce.

There is no wordpress.net, only .com and .org. I don't think you can set up ecommerce on .org. It is basically used as a self-hosting blog site.

You can use your own domain name on any of the 3 platforms you mentioned though.
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Thank you everyone!

My error. I meant to say Wordpress.com. I currently have a site, unrelated to what I want to do now, using a free Wordpress theme.

However, that site was created for the purpose of selling my health coaching and personal training services - I never finished it, because I couldn't decide whether or not to switch over to a paid theme and was deciding between Divi and Genesis.

Now that I have switched to ecommerce, I didn't know if it would be more beneficial to use Wordpress or Shopify, of something else

I know if I use Wordpress, then I own the site, I don't think that is the case with Wix.

I heard Squarespace is good.
 
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I have used SQUARESPACE, WOOCOMMERCE and WIX in the past. I had so many problems with Woocommerce,,unless you know how to code or add plug ins. It's an e commerce nightmare. Squarespace and Wix have better looking templates but if you are in it to sell and make it easy to link to instagram/facebook, SHOPIFY is the best option. IT comes with Fraud protection, discounted shipping with USPS and many more benefits. You can link with amazon shop as well. Personally , I would not recommend any other platforms.
 
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I have used SQUARESPACE, WOOCOMMERCE and WIX in the past. I had so many problems with Woocommerce,,unless you know how to code or add plug ins. It's an e commerce nightmare. Squarespace and Wix have better looking templates but if you are in it to sell and make it easy to link to instagram/facebook, SHOPIFY is the best option. IT comes with Fraud protection, discounted shipping with USPS and many more benefits. You can link with amazon shop as well. Personally , I would not recommend any other platforms.
you don't need to know how to code with woo,
unless you go deep into customizing
over and above the normal, but you can't do this with the others you listed without coding either, so....
installing plugins in woo is as simple as clicking one button, 'install plugin', in the backend

woo is such a nightmare that it is by far the most popular ecomm platform

woo - 2.4 million
shopify - 1.2 million
squarespace - 1 million
wix - 950K
opencart - 850k

now compare costs:
woo = free
shopify (basic) = $360/year
squarespace = $240/year
wix = $240/year

does that mean woo is for everyone?
no, you actually have to put effort into it and listen to those that have gone before
but nor should you discount it based on false information

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I didn't realize squarespace cost the same as Shopify, I thought Wix and Wordpress didn't have annual fees, unless purchasing a theme like Divi.
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Yes Woocommerce has the most users.
The reason why I left WOOCOMMERCE was that we had to hire a freelance web master/developer because we wanted the site to be super customized.
One day our site was hacked during a busy season and the web master was no where to be reached. You can only imagine how much revenue we lost.

If you have the skills to do everything yourself like updates, connecting to a hosting company, credit card payment plug ins and etc. Woo-commerce would be okay but Shopify takes care of all of the backend stuff so you can focus on your business. I am not sure how easy it is to connect Instagram to Woocommerce but with shopify it was pretty simple.

Great article i found here to back up my opinion.
https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/best-ecommerce-platform/

I just do not want to see another person go thru the headache,,,you need to focus on marketing, design and sales...Ecommerce nightmare should be the least of your problem.
 
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wix is free for limited bandwidth, no personal domain name, you cannot accept online payments,
and you have to have wix advertising on your site

cheapest ecomm site is $20/month (sorry, the above was not correct, it is $240/year)
cheapest site without advertising is $11/month
cheapst site with your own domain is $5/month

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Yes Woocommerce has the most users.
The reason why I left WOOCOMMERCE was that we had to hire a freelance web master/developer because we wanted the site to be super customized.
like i said, if you want do this in shopify, wix, squarspace, opencart, etc.,
you have to code it yourself/hire it out

One day our site was hacked during a busy season and the web master was no where to be reached. You can only imagine how much revenue we lost.
no i can't imagine how much revenue you lost,
but if you have that many online sales, surely you back-up your site regularly and simply installed the back-up right away
and if you are so big, how are you still with a webmaster you can't count on?
or do not have any redundancies built-in?
If you have the skills to do everything yourself like updates, connecting to a hosting company, credit card payment plug ins and etc. Woo-commerce would be okay but Shopify takes care of all of the backend stuff so you can focus on your business. I am not sure how easy it is to connect Instagram to Woocommerce but with shopify it was pretty simple.
updates are a click of a button
credit card payments are a click of a button and some personal info
again woo has its pluses and minuses, and so does shopify
so does opencart, but there they are with 850k sites up and running


Great article i found here to back up my opinion.
https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/best-ecommerce-platform/

I just do not want to see another person go thru the headache,,,you need to focus on marketing, design and sales...Ecommerce nightmare should be the least of your problem.
again if it is such a nightmare why is it the most popular ecommerce platform?
the only headache i have is from repeating myself to correct your inanity


great article i found here to back up my opinion:
why so obtuse?
my comments above are in bold red

what if the op is on a tight budget?
what if the op has only a few designs to sell?
what if the op likes having his own house instead of a room in a highrise?
what if the op enjoys learning new things or tinkering under the hood?
what if the op enjoys the challenge of accomplishing something on their own?

nobody cares you use shopify and like it,
but the continual ignorant castigation of the competition makes you look suspicious
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I personally use shopify for my T-shirt brand. I use Wordpress for other websites I own which are more info sites but shopify is great because it provides you with powerful and turnkey features that allow you to keep with technology.
 
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I personally use shopify for my T-shirt brand. I use Wordpress for other websites I own which are more info sites but shopify is great because it provides you with powerful and turnkey features that allow you to keep with technology.
 






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