What is the difference between WordPress and WooCommerce?
WordPress is a content management system for building websites or blogs. Actually it is the world’s most popular CMS with 37% market share as of 2019.
WooCommerce is a plugin that you add to WordPress that allows you to turn WordPress into an e-commerce store.
In fact WooCommerce is used by 26% of online stores. That is more than any other e-commerce platform. WooCommerce is so popular because it extends WordPress’ functionality and helps you create your own online store for free.
WooCommerce adds the following to WordPress and much more:
- Products post type allowing for product pages.
- A shopping cart page.
- A checkout page.
- Ability to take payments.
- Ability to calculate shipping.
- Ability to manage inventory.
- Product ratings and reviews.
- Sales reporting.
To see more WooCommerce features, check out the features list on their site here.
To add WooCommerce to WordPress from your dashboard go to plugins > add new. Search WooCommerce then click install. After it is installed click activate and it will walk you through a setup wizard to get all the details about your new store.
If you don’t have WordPress already setup, check out my full guide here. I also have free live chat on that page to answer any questions and I can help you with WooCommerce setup.