Which cart is growing in popularity - WOOCOMMERCE or OPENCART? And which one would you choose?

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aristotlian says

Hi, i wanna know which of those ecommerce carts would you choose, and why? Personally, i found woocommerce+Wordpress to be the ideal solution, its so user friendly than OC. Plugins on both platforms are good, but i think even woo themes in Themeforest are sold more popular than OC themes.

And i remain skeptical of the scalability factor of both, like if we have about 50k-1k+ products, which is the better solution?

Whats your judgement?

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duotive says

Magento for that many products.

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WPWiseOwl says

I used WooCommerce for a site with 300k items. The WP plugin WP All Import was extremely helpful in populating the site initially as well as afterward. It’s a scalable node web server. The traffic is light some days and heavier others.

TIPS:

1) Forget shared hosting (I’d never think of using it for a site this size but some still would) as it’ll be very slow and you’ll not be able to tweak things as much as you may want / need to. So, you should use a managed, VPS or dedicated host from the start.

2) Don’t go crazy on the plugins. Use only what you need. Don’t just deactivate, remove.

These two things here are often what can give WP a bad name / reputation. It’s too slow, use X software instead. LOL.

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aristotlian says

I used WooCommerce for a site with 300k items. The WP plugin WP All Import was extremely helpful in populating the site initially as well as afterward. It’s a scalable node web server. The traffic is light some days and heavier others.

TIPS:

1) Forget shared hosting (I’d never think of using it for a site this size but some still would) as it’ll be very slow and you’ll not be able to tweak things as much as you may want / need to. So, you should use a managed, VPS or dedicated host from the start.

2) Don’t go crazy on the plugins. Use only what you need. Don’t just deactivate, remove.

These two things here are often what can give WP a bad name / reputation. It’s too slow, use X software instead. LOL.

thats great to hear! I hope the site loading time and speed is good. Just to know, how many plugins roughly are you using in that?

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WPWiseOwl says

Only around a dozen or so. Either commercial, free or made by in house. I forgot to mention that it’s a responsive site. Even loading speed on mobiles is relatively good. Averaging 2.5 seconds on a Android Samsung GS II / iPhone 4. Faster on newer devices. However, which theme you use can affect that, I’ve gone with the Bootstrap framework for theme in use.

Ajax (near infinite scroll) – “Load More Products” – not to be confused with actual Infinite Scroll as there are too many issues with that. Lazy Loading of images and scaling image size from low res mobile to retina size helps too. This way, searches, pagination and navigation are pretty quick as long as long as the hardware can handle the traffic load. Keep your queries relatively light and you won’t have to worry too much.

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GravityDept says

Answering the original question (which ecommerce platform is growing?), the answer is Magento. In the last year it’s taken grown 6% from 20% to 26% of eCommerce sites in the Alexa top million.

WordPress eCommerce isn’t even significant enough to have its own slice.

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jk000jk says


I used WooCommerce for a site with 300k items. The WP plugin WP All Import was extremely helpful in populating the site initially as well as afterward. It’s a scalable node web server. The traffic is light some days and heavier others.

TIPS:

1) Forget shared hosting (I’d never think of using it for a site this size but some still would) as it’ll be very slow and you’ll not be able to tweak things as much as you may want / need to. So, you should use a managed, VPS or dedicated host from the start.

2) Don’t go crazy on the plugins. Use only what you need. Don’t just deactivate, remove.

These two things here are often what can give WP a bad name / reputation. It’s too slow, use X software instead. LOL.
thats great to hear! I hope the site loading time and speed is good. Just to know, how many plugins roughly are you using in that?

really 300k share the link? I don’t even bother to comment how unrealistic that sounds on something that use 1 table for all products.

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Kriesi says



I used WooCommerce for a site with 300k items. The WP plugin WP All Import was extremely helpful in populating the site initially as well as afterward. It’s a scalable node web server. The traffic is light some days and heavier others.

TIPS:

1) Forget shared hosting (I’d never think of using it for a site this size but some still would) as it’ll be very slow and you’ll not be able to tweak things as much as you may want / need to. So, you should use a managed, VPS or dedicated host from the start.

2) Don’t go crazy on the plugins. Use only what you need. Don’t just deactivate, remove.

These two things here are often what can give WP a bad name / reputation. It’s too slow, use X software instead. LOL.
thats great to hear! I hope the site loading time and speed is good. Just to know, how many plugins roughly are you using in that?
really 300k share the link? I don’t even bother to comment how unrealistic that sounds on something that use 1 table for all products.

And why is that? wordpress database structure is smarter than people give it credit for. The php code is definitely bloated and needs too much memory if you ask me, but you can host almost anything on wordpress.

I am pretty sure it wouldnt be a problem having a database with 300.000 products, given the fact that I run a support forum that has much more than 100k posts. (and if I am not mistaken the wordpress.org forum with its 1 million+ of threads also runs on wordpress)

All of that in the same database table, powered by wordpress custom post types, which are usually also used to create products :)

Managing those products is probably a whole different story. I am not familiar enough with magento, open cart, etc but I am pretty sure there are better ways of bulk editing in those systems than in wordpress :)

So although you could easily host a performant shop with wordpress that features thousands of products (especially with a caching plugin) I am pretty sure managing it would be torture :)

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dailce says

I’m in the same boat, need to make a shop for upto 200 products with option to grow. I’m on the fence over woocommerce and opencart. Been a fan of oscommerce for years, but I want to try something new.

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littleantz says

I will wait for a clearer verdict on this because I also am choosing between the 2.

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