WooCommerce vs Prestashop – Which One Is Better To Use?

By F.A Mollick

WooCommerce and Prestashop both are eCommerce software which can be use for starting an online eCommerce site. Today in this post I am going to tell you which one is better and which one you should use for starting your online store. Before I am tell you I am going to introduce you with these eCommerce software.

About WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin which can transform a WordPress site into an eCommerce site. As it is a WordPress plugin or extension, so you must should have WordPress installed before you use it. WooCommerce can do nothing alone. You can start your eCommerce site on WordPress installed after you install WooCommerce plugin. Also there are lots of extensions or other plugins available to make the features of this eCommerce plugin extendable. So you can say WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anythingeasily and with a nice way. There are many payment gateway extension will help you a lots to accept online payment on your WC base eCommerce store.

About Prestashop

Prestashop is a eCommerce software or web application which is built in PHP and you can start your full feature eCommerce website using this application. This is open source and free to use, but there are many premium modules and themes are available for this eCommerce software to increase it’s functionality.


So what is the main difference between WooCommerce and Prestashop?

After reading the above text have you understood the main different between WooCommerce and Prestashop? Well, there is a huge different between these two. Prestashop is an open source independent PHP software whereas WooCommerce is an extension or plugin of a open source software which is WordPress.

You can start your eCommerce store only with Prestashop on your hosting server, but you never can start your eCommerce store using only WooCommerce. It can’t work alone. You need WordPress installed as this eCommerce application is a plugin which have made to work with WordPress and only can work there. So there is a huge different between WooCommerce and Prestashop.


WooCommerce or Prestashop? Which one is better?

So who will win between WooCommerce or Prestashop? Well, it can be answered directly. It depends in your needs and requirements.

Available themes, plugins and modules:

There are lots of themes and module available for Prestashop. And also for WordPress WooCommerce plugin there are a huge amount of themes and plugins/extensions available. So in this case both Prestashop and WooCommerce win.  If you already have a WordPress site, and just want to use your same layout design, then WooCommerce would work nicely, but if you are starting from scratch, PrestaShop has a great storefront.

Back end management:

Prestashop will be the winner on back-end management system. While both offer the basic needed functions that an eCommerce should have, it’s PrestaShop who pulls away with its backend of stats and advanced features that WooCommerce just does not offer.

Which one you is better to use? WooCommerce or Prestashop to start your eCommerce site?

Comparing both WooCommerce and Prestashop, WooCommerce is little bit limited in built-in features. So if you need a complex store with only focused on selling goods then Prestashop is better choice than WooCommerce because Prestashop is principally designed for use as an e-commerce platform.

But only one can’t be the definitive winner over the other. it really depend on your needs needs as store owner.

Prestashop is recommended for those who are only want to focus on selling products without managing their site for other purposes like forums, photo blog site. To start a pure online store with the full range of eCommerce features, it is obviously better to use Prestashop than WooCommerce.

But if you need a blog, forums etc along with the eCommerce feature then it is always better to choose WordPress + WooCommerce. Or suppose you are running a WordPress blog and suddenly you decide to sell products on your blog site. Then you just need to install WooCommerce on your existing blog to start selling. So in these cases WooCommerce is a better choice.

But you should always keep in mind that it is better to think carefully and choose the one which you think to be good for you and can fulfill your requirements. It is important to take the right decision in choosing between WooCommerce and Prestashop because it is a nightmare to switching it later.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *