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Saleor vs WooCommerce: What are the differences?

Introduction

In this article, we will discuss the key differences between Saleor and WooCommerce, two popular e-commerce platforms. Saleor is a modern, GraphQL-based, open-source platform, while WooCommerce is a widely-used, free, open-source plugin for WordPress websites.

  1. Integration with CMS: Saleor is designed to be a standalone e-commerce platform, independent from any specific content management system (CMS). On the other hand, WooCommerce is specifically built as a plugin for WordPress, allowing users to enhance their WordPress websites with e-commerce functionality.

  2. Scalability and Performance: Saleor is known for its high scalability and performance. Its modern architecture and use of GraphQL enable efficient data fetching, resulting in fast response times even with large product catalogs. WooCommerce, being built on top of WordPress, may face performance limitations when dealing with large amounts of data and traffic, unless optimized properly.

  3. Customization and Flexibility: Saleor provides a highly flexible framework that allows customization of every aspect of the e-commerce platform. This makes it suitable for businesses with unique requirements. WooCommerce, being a WordPress plugin, also offers a good level of customization, but it may require additional plugins or coding knowledge to achieve certain customizations.

  4. Multi-store Support: Saleor inherently supports multi-store functionality, allowing businesses to create and manage multiple stores from a single instance. WooCommerce, on the other hand, does not natively provide multi-store support. However, this can be achieved through the use of specific plugins and configurations.

  5. Payment and Shipping Options: Both Saleor and WooCommerce offer a wide range of payment and shipping options. However, Saleor provides built-in integrations with popular payment gateways and shipping carriers, while WooCommerce relies on third-party plugins for such integrations. This can make Saleor a more streamlined solution for businesses that require extensive payment and shipping capabilities.

  6. Community and Support: WooCommerce, being a widely-used plugin for WordPress, has a large and active community, resulting in extensive documentation, plugins, and support forums. Saleor, being a relatively newer platform, has a smaller but growing community. However, it provides comprehensive documentation, community-driven contributions, and professional support options.

In summary, Saleor is a standalone e-commerce platform with high scalability, customization capabilities, and built-in multi-store support, while WooCommerce is a plugin for WordPress that offers good customization options, extensive community support, and a wide range of payment and shipping integrations.

Decisions about Saleor and WooCommerce
Rhonda Greene

I chose Shopify over other options - the leading contender of which was WooCommerce - based mainly on the availability of integrations with other tools and platforms I use, as well as the ease of adding and updating inventory. Additionally, should I ever open a physical location, my existing inventory can easily be sold via a POS system as well. Eyes to the future!

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David Swift

We devised SwiftERM to generate additional income from existing consumers on ecommerce websites. Available for those using Shopify, Magento, Woocommerce or Opencart, it runs in alongside (not instead of) existing email marketing software like Mailchimp, Drupal or Emarsys. It is 100% automatic so needs zero additional staff. It uses predictive analytics to identify imminent consumer purchases. The average additional turnover achieved is 10.5%. It is the only software in the world authorised to send Trustpilot to send product ratings in outbound emails. Developers and ecommerce retailers are invited to try to it for free, to establish viability this predictive analytics system is. SwiftERM is a certified Microsoft Partner MPN ID 6197468.

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BrandLume Inc
President at BrandLume · | 3 upvotes · 78.1K views

we've had alot of shopify clients and do alot of those website builds, but we decided a little while back to transfer any client possible to woocommerce, for our e-com web development, as there is alot more functionality available with zoo-commerce. you can have a look at our examples and even our own website in the link provided.

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Pros of Saleor
Pros of WooCommerce
  • 12
    Powerful
  • 7
    Open source
  • 6
    Headless API
  • 6
    Offline browsing
  • 5
    GraphQL
  • 1
    Free
  • 12
    Easy to extend and customize

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Cons of Saleor
Cons of WooCommerce
  • 8
    Poor documentation
  • 3
    API should be javascript only, not React or
  • 1
    No marketplace b2c or b2b options
  • 1
    Slow if not optimized

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What is Saleor?

Saleor is a rapidly-growing open source e-commerce platform that has served high-volume companies from branches like publishing and apparel since 2012. Based on Python and Django, the latest major update introduces a modular front end powered by a GraphQL API and written with React and TypeScript.

What is WooCommerce?

WooCommerce is the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin. And it's available for free. Packed full of features, perfectly integrated into your self-hosted WordPress website.

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What are some alternatives to Saleor and WooCommerce?
Magento
Magento Community Edition is perfect if you’re a developer who wants to build your own solution with flexible eCommerce technology. You can modify the core code and add a wide variety of features and functionality.
Shopify
Shopify powers tens of thousands of online retailers including General Electric, Amnesty International, CrossFit, Tesla Motors, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Foo Fighters, GitHub, and more. Our platform allows users to easily and quickly create their own online store without all the technical work involved in developing their own website, or the huge expense of having someone else build it. Shopify lets merchants manage all aspects of their shops: uploading products, changing the design, accepting credit card orders, and viewing their incoming orders and completed transactions.
Spree
The Spree storefront offers a full feature set and is built on common standards, so you don't have to compromise speed to market, efficiency or innovation. The modular platform allows you to easily configure, supplement or replace any functionality you need, so that you can build the exact storefront that you want.
Reaction Commerce
It is an API-first, modular commerce stack made for ambitious brands and retailers. It’s service-based architecture is built to deliver flexibility and freedom at scale.
PrestaShop
PrestaShop is written in PHP, is highly customizable, supports all the major payment services, is translated in many languages and localized for many countries, and is fully responsive (both front- and back-office).
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