How does WooCommerce compare to Shopify?

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Dropshipping has risen in popularity among entrepreneurs and business owners as a whole. In a dropshipping supply chain model, the seller does not actually ever keep goods in stock. Instead, they use ecommerce to transfer orders and shipment details to either a manufacturer, another retailer, or a wholesaler, who then ships the goods directly to the customer. In a dropshipping business model, someone can sell physical products without ever managing inventory, packing and shipping logistics, and other concerns related to selling tangible things.

Why does this matter to WordPress professionals? This new method of ecommerce has been associated with the rise of suppliers like Alibaba, Amazon, etc. - really big companies. Dropshipping is unavoidable, and at the center of it, sits the ability to make a small, well-branded store.

This should be the domain of WordPress and its infamous ecommerce plugin, WooCommerce. After all, WordPress powers over a third of the top traffic websites online, and is especially popular among small to medium businesses (but also larger businesses!). However, the most common way to set up a dropshipping store has become Shopify.

Shopify is inflexible, difficult to customize and integrate, and not open-source – definitely not the WordPress way! In addition to this, Shopify is easy to setup, but the larger merchants get, the more expensive it gets - punishing merchants for success. These factors make a move away from Shopify a smart sell for the clients of WordPress professionals, but this means that we are tasked with keeping the experience as consistently good as Shopify’s.

I started to work at Liquid Web as Product Manager for Managed WooCommerce, and this specific problem was of particular interest to me in learning the product I’m newly in charge of. So, I set out to find out whether I could run a dropshipping store with the same ease and success using WooCommerce as using Shopify. In this hour, I will share with you how I got started, what I’ve learned so far, and most importantly, where WordPress shines and where it could do better – and how to talk about those differences with potential WordPress + WooCommerce clients.
PRESENTED BY: Christie Chirinos


7:00 PM: WooCommerce Security, Shipping & Payment Integrations

Learn about various shipping methods and payment methods for WooCommerce and how to prevent/minimize charge backs and other fraudulent activities by customers.
PRESENTED BY: Gabriel Alao

7:45 PM: How does WooCommerce compare to Shopify?


Christie Chirinos is the Product Manager for Managed WooCommerce Hosting at Liquid Web. Christie is a passionate advocate of online business owners, and is a frequent speaker and writer on entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing, technology and activism. With her previous experience as the co-founder of Caldera Labs, creators of top global WordPress plugin Caldera Forms, she knows both what makes an online shopper tick, and the unique challenges that today's modern website creator faces. Christie has a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida State University. When she is not working, you can find her with her boyfriend and her cat Snickers in her home in Washington, DC. You can also catch her on the WPMRR WordPress Podcast every Tuesday.

Gabriel Alao is a full stack web engineer with 12 years of experience in different business domains. He started working on simple e-commerce installations early in 2007, since then, he has progressed to building and working with large, highly-customized and integrated platforms, becoming an expert in PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML5/CSS3, web based infrastructure development, coding standards, version control, single-page applications, and much more.

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