Making Your Own Website Without Coding in 2022 – WordPress Vs Shopify
By CreativB Studios – 19 March 2022
Making your own website without coding in 2022 has gotten much easier thanks to Website Builders like WordPress, Shopify, Wix, Square Space, Etc.
But, what is a website builder?
A website builder is a tool that helps you in creating a website without having to learn any coding.
Instead, Website builders provide you with drag and drop features with the ability to add blocks and sections.
You can also add different plugins to add more features that either speed up your website, Improve User Interface, User Experience, add e-commerce capabilities, etc.
WordPress Vs Shopify
WordPress and Shopify are both online store builders that allow you to create a website for your business without any coding. You can simply; choose a theme, add a few plugins and you’re basically done.
So, which one should you choose? What are the pros and cons of these builders? Let’s find out.
Shopify is an online store builder for businesses who want to sell online. It includes features like accepting credit cards, Abandoned checkout recovery, 100+ payment gateways, shipping rates, etc. (You can learn more about the features by clicking on this link)
As someone who has used both platforms, Shopify is much easier in terms of getting started, it’s easy to use and navigate through. Shopify provides their own web hosting making it easier since you don’t need to rely on third party web hosting service provider such as Bluehost.
Shopify pricing is divided into 3 Packages:
- Basic: Which is best for new/small business owners with a subscription of $29/month
- Shopify: It’s for established business looking to expand their business further, it costs $79/Month.
- Advanced: It’s for large scale business that have large number of sales daily, Cost: $299/month
- Easy to use
- Built in ecommerce features
- Provide domain and web hosting
- Free themes and plugins
- Can also add blogs and articles
- Buy themes and plugins
- Shopify cost per month is higher compared to WordPress
- Limited Number of Free themes and Plugins
- Less freedom in customizing without code
- Only for businesses
WordPress is open-source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app. It is one of the best website builders for bloggers, affiliate marketers, business owners and all sorts of people. It consists of 1000+ free themes and plugins and you can also buy and import themes and plugins.
Unlike shopify, WordPress is free to use and install, but you will have to purchase a domain and web hosting from a third-party web hosting provider. In some cases, you might also want to hire a WordPress developer as it is not as easy to use compared to Shopify.
So, does WordPress have any hidden payment plans? No, it is free to use platform.
But, the only cost you must focus on is the domain, web hosting, and depending on your job a WordPress developer.
As for the plugins and themes, because it is an open-source platform, there are countless plugins and themes (Free and Paid) you can download.
However, you must be careful while downloading themes and plugins from unknown sources as your data could easily be stolen.
Another factor to consider is that downloading too many plugins or downloading the wrong theme can slow down your website speed (which nobody in the right mind wants).
E-commerce for WordPress
A WordPress Website doesn’t have an Ecommerce feature built in, so you will need a plugin for it. One of the most famous plugins is called “WooCommerce” this plugin provides all the features that you see in an ecommerce website such as product listing, check out, payment, etc.
Disclaimer: WooCommerce is a powerful plugin that uses up a lot of resources, so it will be better to invest in a good web hosting service such as Bluehost
- Free to use
- Large number of free plugins
- Multipurpose (WooCommerce, blogging, etc.)
- Low running cost compared to shopify
- Difficult to use and setup
- Requires third party domain and web hosting
- Separate plugin for Ecommerce
Which one should you use?
If you are a business owner that can afford the monthly/yearly subscription fee, then shopify is the best choice for you.
But, if you’re a business owner that’s on a budget then WordPress website is the way to go, and you can find budget friendly WordPress developers to set up your website on Fiverr.