Generally speaking, when you hear people say they want to open an e-commerce store, you will find that they are talking about using Magento, Opencart, Prestashop or Shopify as the content management system (CMS) to build an e-commerce website. If you ask them why they don’t use WordPress, they usually answer “no” for the following reasons:
1. It is not scalable.
2. It cannot handle so much traffic.
3. There is no good e-commerce platform. WordPress is just created for blogs
4. A large number of e-commerce functions must be built into the WordPress content management system.
5. There is no good back-end support for inventory management, sales reports, etc.
6. Vulnerable to security threats.
7. ERP integration is not supported.
Not to mention that the last “ERP integration” is currently under development, I am happy to say that WordPress has a strong response to all of these debates. Most of these things have changed over the past six months, as there have been some great WordPress plugins like WooCommerce Inventory Management that have revived e-commerce in WordPress.
One of the biggest reasons I’m asking you to consider using WordPress is that it has a huge community.
WordPress is the most popular website platform ever. 63% of all websites hosted on CMS use WordPress, which means it has a huge community, and because it is open source, you can almost get it. All the answers.
Scalable? Can’t Handle Too Much Traffic?
For the most popular sites like Techcrunch, Gizmodo, and SmashingMagazine, WordPress is the best CMS ever, and these sites handle millions of visitors every day. Without a doubt, WordPress is an extensible platform.
Can it be extended to serve as an e-commerce platform?
This is a point to be proved, I have not found any examples, but I firmly believe that it can be extended to serve as an e-commerce platform.
Is WordPress just Created for Blogging?
Now, for all those who still think that WordPress was created just for blogs, this is a wake-up call. WordPress or CMS has been around for 2 to 3 years. You can create directories, categorize sites, and you can use the popular BuddyPress and WPMU plugins to build a social network about WordPress.
Ok, you need to take a hard look at WooCommerce and its features. You get a lot of features, while others can be obtained by installing some paid and free plugins. With these you can get:
1. Review system and rating
2. Sales and storage table
3. Custom advice: you may also like
4. Multiple picture support
5. Multiple picture and zoom functions
6. Social integration
7. Multi-payment gateway integration (from Paypal, 2CO to CCAvenue)
8. Credit/Debit Card/Online Bank Direct Integration
9. Multi-currency payment processing
10. Distribution System
11. Save, publish, and share shopping carts on social platforms, so with WooCommerce and some free and paid plugins, all of these features are supported by WordPress.
Vulnerable to Security Threats
Although some might say that since WordPress is an open source platform, it is vulnerable to hacking. On the other hand, WordPress has the largest community, they brainstormed, submitted many WordPress vulnerabilities, and the WordPress core is often updated. Updating the core is as simple as clicking a button. Now, every e-commerce system is built on an open source platform, so it is different from other systems.
WordPress becomes a content creator not only because of the functions mentioned above but also every e-commerce website wants users to participate in the following social activities, such as:
1. Create an account on their website.
2. Participate in the comments.
3. Share their shopping cart.
4. Create a group and make friends.
5. Hold discussions about products and activities.
In addition, you can get SEO benefits through plugins such as Yoast SEO and W3Total Cache. Think about how much development work you can save…
Is this all possible in Magento, open cart, PrestaShop, Shopify or age-old oscommerce? No, but are these feasible in WordPress? Yes!
WordPress combines BuddyPress and WooCommerce, so you can give you the most powerful platform to host e-commerce sites of all sizes.
Think about how many possibilities you can get with WordPress + Buddypress + WooCommerce + BBpress. I haven’t seen any WordPress themes built on Themeforest, MojoThemes, WooThemes, or Elegant themes, and these WordPress themes even use only half the potential that current WordPress can offer. Although the potential is huge, I see very few people doing this, so in the end, it left us a huge opportunity.