Review of WooCommerce on WordPress

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Quick Facts about WooCommerce:

  • WooCommerce launched in September of 2011.
  • 6,688,149 DOWNLOADS to-date.
  • WooCommerce powers 24% of all eCommerce websites.
  • Free open source plug-in from WooThemes.


  • Free, quick integration to WordPress.
  • Many payment processor options.
  • Scalable: good for small or large retailers.
  • Many templates to choose from, 3 of them are free.
  • Can integrate to Quickbooks.


  • If you aren’t familiar with ecommerce, there is a learning curve.
  • If you aren’t familiar with WordPress, there is a learning curve.
  • You might begin to feel nickel and dimed when you find you need more plug-ins that you thought you might need/want.
  • Limited support: may not get answers immediately, especially with plug-ins.
  • When there is a WordPress or WooCommerce update, there are usually updates for all of the plug-ins following – and not all at the same time, which can be time-consuming.
  • Some plug-ins don’t work when you are using another plug-in it conflicts with, and these aren’t made known to the public due to multiple developers not all working together.
  • Integration with Quickbooks is not maintenance-free, requires personal management.

My personal opinion:

Personally, I prefer to go completely custom for ecommerce websites, but that’s not always in the budget. For a free ecommerce platform, WooCommerce gets the job done. While it says free, most people end up downloading plug-ins that are not free, so it really does have a price tag, but it’s not overwhelming like some websites can be.

Hosting Cost:

Depends on where you host it. Here are a couple of examples:

  • WP Engine: (WordPress’ own hosting service): Starts at $29/mo, next level $99/mo
  • Bluehost: (shared) $6.95/mo (I do not recommend their $3.95/mo package)
  • Hostgator: (shared) $5.83/mo (do not use the shared SSL certificate plans)

Some plug-ins along with their cost, as posted at the time of this blog:

  • SSL Certificate: $49/annually
  • Payment Gateway:
    • Stripe: $79/annually
    • $25/mo
  • UPS Shipping: $79/annually
  • Product Add-Ons (to add drop-downs, input boxes, checkboxes to products): $49/annually
  • Yoast SEO: Free
  • Social Media Sharing: Many free plug-ins.

About the author:

Lisa Thompson Lisa is a partner, and SEO Manager at In Cart Marketing. Following search engine algorithms and website-coding is her passion. Follow her on Twitter: @TeamLisaSEM

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