WordPress is one of the most popular website platforms, or content manager system (CMS), out there. Wikipedia states that over 60 million websites use WordPress. Not only that, but 1/3 of the top 10 million websites use WordPress! This is due (in part) to how customizable and affordable WordPress is. But, what exactly is WordPress and how is it different from the other choices out there? Where does Woocommerce come in?
WordPress is not subscription-based. You won’t go to their website, decide what level of subscription has the features you need, and design your site limited to what features you have access to. WordPress is free and the customization comes from the different plug-ins you can install.
It’s sort of like a buffet.
Think of your website as a plate. The plug-ins are like different food options (such as mac & cheese, green beans, and grilled chicken.) You can add as many plug-ins as you need to get the features your website needs. Some plug-ins are free, some are paid and they range anywhere from $29-$199/year.
So, how do you start? You look for a hosting provider like GoDaddy, Siteground, or Bluehost. This is the monthly or yearly “subscription” you’ll pay for. Prices can start at $2.95/month and go up to $30/month depending on which provider you choose. Once you have your hosting in place, you’ll install WordPress on your hosts’ server. This sounds more complicated than it is. Many hosting providers will do it for you or walk you through it.
Once you have WordPress installed, you’ll create an account and you’re off to the races!
So, what about WooCommerce?
WooCommerce is a free plug-in. Once you have WordPress installed on your hosting server, you’ll install the WooCommerce plug-in. Now, to add even more customization, WooCommerce has its own plug-ins (free and paid) that you can install to add specific features.
There really is no limit to what you can do with WordPress + WooCommerce.