One of the most attractive things about open source software is that it is free. WordPress is open source. It’s part of the reason we love it. There’s also a great community that comes along with open source products. WooCommerce is open source. Do we love WooCommerce?
Ummm, do you know that feeling when you went on a date with someone who you thought you were really going to like, and you should have had a really great time, but something just wasn’t quite right? Maybe he had on really ugly shoes that you just couldn’t get past. (I know this sounds horribly shallow, but let’s say they were lime green or something.) Or maybe he smelled like he took a bath in some Drakkar Noir cologne. (Can you tell what generation I am from here?) Or perhaps it wasn’t something physically shallow, but he spent the entire date talking about playing World of Warcraft, or something else equally annoying. The next day, your best friend calls you up, and she asks you, “So how did it go? How was the date? Did you guys hit it off?” And your answer is “Well, I really WANTED to like him, but…”
Maybe it’s not quite that bad with WooCommerce, but I do get that feeling sometimes. Here’s the thing — we are told that it’s FREE! Woo Hoo! Woo is free! That sounds great! You mean I don’t have to pay a monthly fee like Shopify? That sounds terrific! Sign me up now! However, once you start putting your online store together, you realize there are many essential plugins that are needed for this store to do what it needs to do. Payment gateway, that’s a pretty critical thing. Guess what? That’s going to cost you around $79. You need some help with your shipping? That’s probably going to cost you too. You have some complicated products? Most likely you will need a plugin extension for that as well. You may even require particular plugins that may have a monthly subscription price, especially if your store is based in the State of Georgia like we are. Basically, any of the plugins that you purchase through the WooCommerce site are going to cost you, and they are going to be quite a bit more expensive than your run of the mill WordPress plugins, so be warned. Here’s a great blog by WPin.me breaking down some of the WooCommerce costs.
I’m sorry, he/she wasn’t the date you were expecting, but I’m giving you fair warning. I may have set you up with him/her, and I think you will be a great couple eventually, but he/she is going to need some work….you can’t say I didn’t tell you ahead of time.
WooCommerce can turn into a great online store for you if you are prepared for some of these expenses. In the long run, we believe that WooCommerce will most likely be less expensive than Shopify or the other monthly subscription e-commerce options out there. With our help, it can also be much more customizable and can be the right choice for you. We have been, ahem, around the bases with WooCommerce. Call us if you need some help.