Shopify vs. WooCommerce - the showdown!

We are comparing WooCommerce vs. Shopify based on our recent projects!

As a software development firm, we wanted to provide our readers with our thoughts on building out each type of online store. We’ve had the pleasure of doing both; see our WooCommerce example here: and our recent Shopify build here: 

We built a WooCommerce eCommerce plugin for our client Railtown Catering, as eCommerce was an add-on to their current WordPress website during a pivot due to Covid. Railtown’s WordPress website was fully integrated with their vast photo gallery and their team had extensive training in keeping menus and offerings updated - so adding WooCommerce to their mix made the most sense in support of their business.

In comparison, we recently built’s website completely within Shopify as a complementary site to their franchisor as the company expanded from Dublin, Ireland to Vancouver, Canada. We were able to obtain their existing templates and apply to their new franchisee’s Canadian operation.

These examples help us to see that the first comparison between the two is selecting the best option for the specific business requirements and using their current assets to everyone's advantage.

powering 43% of all websites! This statistic results in WooCommerce (a WordPress eCommerce Plugin for WordPress) being the most popular eCommerce platform as well.

Shopify Inc. is actually a homegrown Canadian eCommerce platform, it offers an approachable system that any shopkeeper could use to set up a basic store and start selling. You can also harness its many Plug-Ins and create an entire website within its platform, much like we did for Shopify store owners can also sell in physical locations using Shopify POS, our point-of-sale app and accompanying hardware.

We’ve reviewed online blogs discussing the pros and cons of each platform, here are the short form notes and a link to the longer, more detailed, article should you want to read more!