I’m going to be comparing Shopify with WordPress as an e-commerce platform. So Shopify is primarily an e-commerce platform, whereas WordPress is a content management system, mostly branded as a blogging and a small business platform. But you can add e-commerce, which is a plug that adds e-commerce functionality onto your WordPress website to give you an e-commerce store.
So you can start selling goods. So in this video, I’m going to be giving you my honest thoughts because I have been using WordPress for years now and I’ve recently started a Shopify store for a drop shipping for a few months. So I basically can give you my thoughts. I can make the right decision for yourself. So if you’re mainly focusing on like blogging, you’re like a blogger, then you go with WordPress. Like there’s no comparison with a better blogging platform, or if you’re like probably building a Web site for a small business, then you go with WordPress. But if you’re deciding between Shopify and Web president, we call us for your e-commerce store or your drop’s shipping store, then watch this video so you can still build a dropshipping store if you use WordPress and read comments. There are plugins for dropship, which helps you integrate the products from Ali Express to your will. Call us and WordPress store quickly, and basically, semi-automate that process for you.
It’s just that Shopify has a lot more videos on it about dropshipping and is branded more as the e-commerce thing. But you can build a dropshipping store or e-commerce store on either platform. OK. So what I do want to talk about is maybe the pricing first. So with Shopify, there’s a 14-day free trial, which is fantastic and I think you should take advantage of that. But also that you do have to pay twenty-nine dollars per month for the basic version. And $79 for the medium version. And I think two hundred plus for the enterprise version with WordPress and we call us those things are free. But what you do need is a hosting account and hosting is waste or your website files and such as your text and data and stuff like that so people can access your website 24/7.
And then you install WordPress. On top of that, Ratso hosting goes from five to $10 a month, including an SSL certificate. And basically, the SSL certificate is the hatch t._b._s in front of your Web site. You’ll see that on a lot of e-commerce Web sites because that adds the security layer. So you’re able to store your customer’s data and process payments and things like that. So in terms of pricing, definitely Shopify is a lot more expensive. WordPress is cheaper. But I wouldn’t base my decision on choosing either one based on price because over the long run you’re going to be making a lot more money than that. So it wouldn’t matter anyway in terms of the fees and stuff like that. I think Shopify has something called Shopify payments and they charge zero fees for making a sale. And that is good, I think, for some countries such as the United States. But if you’re like me, I’m in Australia, and they don’t use Shopify payments here. So I have to use PayPal anyways. And with WordPress, most of the time, people just use PayPal because that’s easy and they charge like a two to three perent fee. So that’s pretty much even there. The other thing that you have to pay for is themes as the themes are basically like a skin that you add onto your Web site that gives it a specific look and appearance or like a colour scheme with Shopify that have a few free themes, which is pretty good. It’s okay. It’s not the best in terms of things that you can customize. Ther are also paid WP themes, which I haven’t tried yet. It’s one hundred and forty dollars to $180 a one time fee if you want to build out another store. You have to get that. Another theme and you have to pay that onetime fee again. Whereas WordPress, you have to pay forty-nine to seventy-nine dollars for a paying thing, which I highly recommend.
And that is a yearly basis. But you can install that on all websites, even your client’s sites as well. So you know the pricing there, it’s more cost, more onetime fee with WordPress here is a little bit cheaper, but it’s an annual fee, and you can install unlimited websites in terms of the plugins. Plugins are things that you sort of like applications that you add on to your WordPress or Shopify store for additional functionality, for example. So you might want to add like some kind of email, pop email, pop up for your shop of my store. You know, that’s a plugin and for a WordPress website as well, which Shopify, they have a lot more paid apps, and it costs like $5,99 or like $9,99.
And some apps which even charge a percentage of your sales. So it’s more.
Expensive with Shopify and with WordPress, there’s a lot of free things which are great already and do need to upgrade. But the idea here is with WordPress and their plugins; sometimes they might not play well together. So, for example, they might conflict, and sometimes you might not work because you’ve got the thing there and then from a different developer, and then you got like plugins from different developers, and sometimes it just doesn’t work well. You have to spend time updating it, fixing it and troubleshooting it. But with, let’s say, Shopify, it’s more like integrated.
The experience is more seamless. That’s why you’re paying for that premium there. For me, I can manage it with some people. You don’t want to accomplish that pot. And Shopify, it might be good, right? And now the next thing is security. So Shopify offers like an integrated security tax to worry about it. It’s a hands-free thing, which is like including just apps. Think about it. You only focus on branding. Focus on marketing. Whereas WordPress, you know, the security is like for your hosting provider. They provide underlying security and backups and things like that for additional protection. You’ll need to add like plugins and stuff like that.
So it takes more time to manage. I would say so. You’re paying for that premium again and intends to support Shopify, offer 24/7 support for basic things. But if you want to customize like your theme, the appearance of your website, you’ll need to pay by the hour for that. And the good thing is that you get like 60 minutes of free theme customizations when he first thought out with Shopify. That is good just to get you to shop up and running because you might want to move like a headline or something like that, which used. But it does take a few days for them to end that sometimes with WordPress here. There’s two to support things because you’ve got one support, which is the hosting. So, for example, if your website is down, then you need to contact your hosting support.
But if you want to make customizations to a theme and stuff like that, you could you contact the theme support, and that’s where you pay you: forty-nine dollars a year and things like that. So with theme support, usually it’s like a forum thing. So they’ll ask you questions within a few hours or the maximum. I had to weigh it was like twenty-four hours. It depends on the theme that you pick. So overall, what I think is that you know, picking either one is not going to make you more successful. It’s like pulling the Nike shoe or maybe picking the added shoe is not going to make you run any faster. What’s going to make a business successful is yourself and your marketing strategy. Use your product and your customer service, not the platform that you choose it on. But overall, I think Shopify is a good platform. Which safety time in terms of managing it. And you focus more time on marketing and branding: Facebook ads or whatnot.
WordPress is more self-managed, and you have to spend more time managing it. But you get more customizability in terms of like moving stuff and things like that, which are, really, really like about WordPress.
But you feel like a blogger, or if you’re a small business and you want to add e-commerce functionality, then I thoroughly go with WordPress because it’s just definitely the best platform to build your website and your blog. Then you can add commerce functionality to it. So ultimately I would say, you know, Shopify is more like a furnished apartment. You were just moving stopped man. The furniture is like there already, and all you need to do is get your luggage moving, your luggage being, your products moving, and then you can just leave your life back. Whereas WordPress is more like you’re finding this piece of land and you’re building that house by yourself and then you’re going to IKEA, you’re making that furniture yourself. So it’s more self-managed. Some people like that option. Some people like a more convenient option. I’d recommend you try out Shopify 14 days and see what you want about the platform, understand why you don’t. And you can also try out the WordPress and commerce option as well as link down below for once in hosting so you can sign up for host data for once and only and then you can install WordPress in commerce and follow my free tutorial on how to set up an e-commerce website. And if you don’t like it, then what it can do is cancel that hosting before the month ends and transfer that domain name to your Shopify account and build out your supply store and start your e-commerce journey. So if you like this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and subscribe for more videos. And I’m making more videos on my Shopify journey. And also what predatorial is as well as trying guys how to make money online.