WooCommerce OpenCart vs WooCommerce?

tokyoice

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Wanting to start an eCommerce store with either OpenCart or WooCommerce.

I like the idea of OpenCart being a dedicated eCommerce platform, but also like the idea of Wordpress. Both have their ups and downs.

What would you guys recommend?
 

Sal Collaziano

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I haven't used OpenCart but I'm pretty sure the reason for that is it was more complicated than WooCommerce to setup. I've been using WooCommerce for a few years and really like it. It does everything I need with the use of a few plugins...
 

tokyoice

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I haven't used OpenCart but I'm pretty sure the reason for that is it was more complicated than WooCommerce to setup. I've been using WooCommerce for a few years and really like it. It does everything I need with the use of a few plugins...

Does notifying customers in regards to their shipment being fulfilled, refunds etc come as standard in eCommerce? Or would that be a separate plugin?

Could I ask what kind of products you sell? Dropship or physically owned stock?
 

Sal Collaziano

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Does notifying customers in regards to their shipment being fulfilled, refunds etc come as standard in eCommerce? Or would that be a separate plugin?

Could I ask what kind of products you sell? Dropship or physically owned stock?
Yes, there are various emails that notify the customer after their order is placed, when it's updated (notes added for customer's view), shipped/completed. I sell automobile related parts. Most are physically owned stock but a couple are drop-shipped... I prefer shipping on my own because I don't waste any time...
 

tokyoice

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Yes, there are various emails that notify the customer after their order is placed, when it's updated (notes added for customer's view), shipped/completed. I sell automobile related parts. Most are physically owned stock but a couple are drop-shipped... I prefer shipping on my own because I don't waste any time...

How easy is it to set up the drop shipping method? Is it quite simple in regards to the feed which notifies the supplier of the new order, etc?
 

Sal Collaziano

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How easy is it to set up the drop shipping method? Is it quite simple in regards to the feed which notifies the supplier of the new order, etc?
That's actually not something I have setup in any way. I simply take the order and then place it manually. I'm sure the functionality is available but that's not something I know about...
 

tokyoice

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That's actually not something I have setup in any way. I simply take the order and then place it manually. I'm sure the functionality is available but that's not something I know about...

I guess a manual order from myself would work fine until the site received too many orders - then I'd have to search for that functionality.

Thanks a lot dude. :)
 

Sal Collaziano

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I guess a manual order from myself would work fine until the site received too many orders - then I'd have to search for that functionality.

Thanks a lot dude. :)
You're welcome. I'm confident the functionality is either already there or included in a plugin. There's pretty much a plugin for anything you could need...
 

cheat_master30

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WooCommerce is significantly easier to set up, and much easier to find support/resources for. Indeed, as someone who's had to use OpenCart for a customer website, all I can say is that it was probably the worst decision the previous site builder made, and caused everyone to end up being ten times more annoying than it'd be if they chose something simpler to begin with. Getting support is a nightmare too, especially given how the number of online resources is significantly lower than with something like WooCommerce and Magento, how about 90% of experts don't know how to code plugins/themes properly and just tell you to hack core files to change functionality, or how the mod community are as obsessed with nickle and diming people as the IPB folks are.

For those reasons, pick WooCommerce.
 

FuturaMX

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WooCommerce FTW all day long! :tup:

J.

Yep. Another WC fan here. I recommend it to all my clients. :) There's nothing wrong with OpenCart, Magento, et al, but they're for more advanced users and they can get pretty expensive quickly if you want extra features.
 

we_are_borg

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Magneto is great but you’ll need to watch server resources its very demanding.
 

mysiteguy

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Magneto is great but you’ll need to watch server resources its very demanding.

Gawd I hate working with Magento. I can't even begin to list the number of problems its caused clients with bugs, huge resource usage, outright breaking and becoming unusable, etc. One bug in 2.x they didn't fix until 2.3 is if you clone a product it gets stuck in a loop making a copy of the product image, over and over again until it times out. One guy I worked with, in a matter of 3 months of editing his site went from 1.5GB space to over 40GB - all of it due to tens of thousands of duplicate images.
 

we_are_borg

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Gawd I hate working with Magento. I can't even begin to list the number of problems its caused clients with bugs, huge resource usage, outright breaking and becoming unusable, etc. One bug in 2.x they didn't fix until 2.3 is if you clone a product it gets stuck in a loop making a copy of the product image, over and over again until it times out. One guy I worked with, in a matter of 3 months of editing his site went from 1.5GB space to over 40GB - all of it due to tens of thousands of duplicate images.

Yes tweak it or die thats Magento your server needs to be setup for it else it will not run as it should. Its insane they cant make it work as it should.

Prestashop is still one i want to try out.
 

mysiteguy

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The back end interface on Prestashop is really nice. One click installs/updates of addons, the core and themes - sort of like WordPress does - except it's much easier to browse the available addons than WordPress.
 

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WooCommerce has too many things built in for it. With opencart you'd struggle to hire others for same things. So go with Woocommerce.
 
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