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June 19th, 2020
There are so many different platforms out there for e-Commerce websites these days that it can be a bit of a minefield trying to work out which one is right for your business. When you then throw in issues like the end of unofficial support for Magento 1.X, things get even muddier.
However, there is one standout e-Commerce website platform that we really love; WooCommerce.
That said, there is a common thought that WooCommerce cannot handle large scale eCommerce websites with high product numbers. So, we wanted to talk about that today.
What Is WooCommerce?
WooCommerce is a plugin (or extension for people used to Magento terminology) that adds eCommerce functionality to a WordPress installation. Out of the box, it adds the most common requirements for an eCommerce website;
- Checkout and Basket functionality
- Featured products
- Coupon codes
- Payment gateway management
- Shipping management
- And more
Simply by adding WooCommerce to a WordPress site, you’ll be a barebones eCommerce solution immediately. Admittedly, it won’t necessarily look pretty without some web design, but it will be functional.
Then, because WooCommerce is open source just like WordPress, you can add a whole host of different extensions to it, or even develop your own. This means that you can add in any additional, unique functionality that your business requires!
What Are The Benefits of WooCommerce?
So, with all that said, what exactly are the benefits of using WooCommerce over other platforms?
Well, the biggest benefit has already been mentioned; WooCommerce is completely open source. This immediately puts it in line with Magento, as opposed to the likes of Shopify. The fact that your developers can dive into the source code of WooCommerce means that you can modify it to fit your exact requirements.
It also means that the base version of WooCommerce is free!
However, the other big benefit of using WooCommerce over other platforms comes from the fact that it is built for WordPress. You see, WordPress was originally designed for content management – this means that the User Interface for the admin section of a WordPress website is extremely easy to use. This remains the same when you add WooCommerce into the site as well.
On top of this, because WordPress is the most popular Content Management System, there are already a huge number of extensions that work alongside WooCommerce, achieving a variety of different tasks. One of the best is Yoast SEO, which makes it simpler to handle basic SEO throughout the website than on other platforms like Magento and Shopify.
It’s also easier to handle and manage from a development standpoint, since WordPress is so popular and so many developers work on it.
Can WooCommerce Handle Large Product Ranges?
With all that covered, it’s time to get to the biggest question we see when it comes to WooCommerce websites – can WooCommerce handle larger product ranges?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is also yes, but we will take the time to show you how we know that.
Firstly, there have been a number of “stress tests” carried out on WooCommerce over the years, and each one has come back successful. These include pushing product databases and product searches into the tens of thousands.
However, from our own experience, we have built WooCommerce websites with almost 100,000 products in the product database. Not only have we then been able to get the PageLoad Speed down to extremely good levels that are far better than on Magento, but WooCommerce has been able to handle the filtering and searching of that Product Database with no issue whatsoever.
Obviously, factors like the server setup will affect this performance, but it would do that for any eCommerce platform.
In the end, WooCommerce can easily handle up to 100,000 products without really breaking a sweat. Add that to the various development, design and SEO benefits that using WooCommerce and WordPress bring and you have a truly wonderful eCommerce platform on your hands.
If you are interested in finding out more about how WooCommerce could work for your business, or are in need of assistance in getting more out of the eCommerce platform, we would be happy to help! Get in touch with us today and let’s get the ball rolling.