Topics: Security, Extensions, Software
If people are considering an E-commerce integration for the WordPress site, one solution people will see recommended often is WooCommerce. It’s one of the most popular solutions because it’s seemingly free to get started, but people may find that once they start using WooCommerce, it’s not the complete solution they need. Bigcommerce, on the other hand, has a history of delivering a complete experience through performance, security support, and, more recently, a seamless WordPress integration. The presenter is going to look at how WooCommerce and BigCommerce for WordPress stack up. For the similarities, both platforms integrate with WordPress, both allow users to add and manage unlimited inventory orders, and customers, and both provide a complete on-site checkout experience. At face value, both look like good platforms for the store, but looking at the differences, people see that BigCommerce is much better equipped to deliver true power to the WordPress site. The most noticeable difference between WooCommerce and BigCommerce is store performance. With WooCommerce, everything from customer checkout to order management and even reporting is processed inside WordPress. This means things can slow down for both users and their customers, even during simple, routine admin tasks. Bigcommerce handles these tasks outside of WordPress so they won’t slow down the site even when people see a spike in traffic or begin managing millions of orders. Next, talk about features. woocommerce requires people to install and configure dozens of extensions just to match the core features that are included in BigCommerce, and those extensions aren’t free, so the costs can add up. To say nothing of the extra time people will spend installing and configuring all those extensions plugins. Now, one of the most important aspects of any E-commerce site is security. Maintaining a secure site is a legal requirement for any site handling credit cards, but it’s essential for consumer trust as well. Woocommerce leaves people to figure out their security, whereas BigCommerce is a PCI-certified level1 service. Put another way, using the BigCommerce checkout means the store automatically provides the highest level of security. Running an E-commerce store can be overwhelming at times. This is especially true when something doesn’t work according to plans. Woocommerce doesn’t offer support beyond tickets or forums, so people either have to work around their timeline or hire a third-party expert out of pocket. But with BigCommerce, people get quick access to the friendly knowledgeable staff at no extra cost. On the surface, WooCommerce and BigCommerce seem pretty similar, but when people take a closer look, they will see that BigCommerce offers a more robust feature set, one that is performant, secure, and supported.