There is a view that an online store created based on the WooCommerce plugin, can be exclusively a source of income without the least investment. Does WooCommerce cost money? We'll discuss it and many other things.
The widespread introduction of computers in various spheres of human activity, the automation of the whole shebang, the latest technologies, of course, have a positive impact on humanity. The constant stream of innovations from Silicon Valley reinforces human faith in developing a new era – the era of robots. Robots do hard and repetitive work, making our life so much easier. In particular, thanks to the introduction of e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce among the broad masses, the process of buying/ selling and providing services has become much faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
According to research, more than 90% of all users of the World Wide Web have made at least one online purchase. Introducing innovations into society, as it were, we plant the grain "technology" with the hope of picking the fruits "quickly,” "conveniently,” "cheaply,” "better" soon. Whatever the case, we are gradually moving towards absolute e-commerce, which, in turn, promises the possibility of minimizing all types of costs.
During the pandemic, stores that provide online platforms began to be in special demand. You must admit that there is nothing more practical and enjoyable than buying goods from the comfort of your home. We write about a topic around which a large part of the world e-commerce is moving around, a topic that turns all the pre-existing laws of consumer-manufacturer relationships inside out – creating web stores.
WooCommerce is a modern plugin based on WordPress that allows you to run an online business or start providing services from scratch without a big investment. It is worth noting that the WooCommerce Plugin cost is indeed free. It can be installed for free through the WordPress plugin directory or downloaded for free from the developers’ website (after registration) and downloaded as an archive. However, to expand the functionality and potential of the web business, it is necessary to install extensions and various other plugins. WooCommerce cost of goods and services may be charged separately. Therefore, the probability of starting a business without a minimum start-up capital is very low.
Speaking about the location of the store on the Internet, it is possible to choose the most suitable and practical hosting. The WooCommerce plugin itself provides a list of the most reliable hosting providers in the world with a multi-million audience. The most popular of these are SiteGround and Bluehost. What do WooCommerce hosting providers cost? These hosts have special e-commerce rates. Thus, in the case of using the above-mentioned hosting providers, you will be charged a variable amount:
SiteGround – from $6.99/ month – up to $14.99/ month
Bluehost – from $6.95/ month – up to $12.95/ month
However, do not forget that the more advanced, popular, and massive your site is (or if you plan to create a powerful e-commerce tool soon), the more expensive a hosting provider can be. One of the most expensive is VIP that supposedly knows all the intricacies of running an online business and e-commerce.
VIP – from $ 5000/ month.
First, a theme can be selected in the catalog on the plugin's official website by clicking on the Theme Store section. We note right away that the choice is so great that even the most fastidious and scrupulous consumer will find his golden mean. A theme can be as cheap or expensive as the client wants. However, when choosing favor of one or another, you should pay attention to the fact that free themes, due to their financial availability, are the hallmark of many web stores, including beginners and little-known ones, which gives the impression of standardization and boredom. In addition, free themes are limited in terms of functionality and performance.
Secondly, if you want to make your business more recognizable and give it a wide range of functionality, you can purchase a so-called “daughter theme”. Most of them will cost an entrepreneur about $40, but you can choose cheaper or more expensive if necessary. The paid theme for the plugin guarantees uninterrupted service and constant updates. It may be necessary to invest in a business initially a little more than nothing for this business to become profitable in the future. In general, purchasing a website theme can cost up to $100. Also, note that access to all existing WooCommerce themes can cost from $400.
You can also purchase a theme created by TemplateMonster for WooCommerce. The price segment of these products ranges from $23 for the most budgetary and simple option to $127 for a multifunctional premium theme for one site.
The absolute leader in sales is Woostroid2 Theme, which presents a wide range of options and is suitable for different types of goods and services. The cost of the WooCommerce Theme is $114.
Speaking of budget versions, there are many highly specialized themes. For example, the Cosmeli Theme is appropriate for a cosmetics website. You get a free $75 purchase of this product (Visual Composer $46 and Revolver $29).
And if you are tired of monotonous themes that seem boring and monotonous to you, you will be delighted with the Azuri Theme. It strikes with a variety of colors, and the presence of banners makes it the most suitable for a website selling clothes. Its cost is also optimal – $69.
It is worth mentioning the service for developing a web resource, on which a set of measures is carried out, which allows the customer to receive a completely ready-to-work website for doing business. Of course, one of the key points in creating a website is design. The cost of this service is indicated directly by the web designer himself, taking into account your wishes (landing page design, gift card design, logo, and other visual branding tools) and deadline. The design can be a template (budget option) or a unique (expensive option). Note that n in any of the two cases, the customer receives a high-level work with the possibility of revision. However, be prepared to fork out for such a service: turnkey website development starts from $1000.
Apparently, WooCommerce is a really powerful e-commerce tool that claims to be completely free. And it does it by right because the plugin itself is in the public domain. Moreover, the range of its services and capabilities is first-rate. However, as we found out, there are many secondary plugins and services for extending the functionality of WooCommerce that you need to pay for separately.
|Domain||$15 per year|
|Hosting provider||$80 – 180 per year (on average)$5000 per month (VIP)|
|SSL certificate||$0 – 49 per year|
|SEO||$0 – 49 per year|
|Marketing services||Depends on the agency|
|Cost plugins||$0 – 199 per year|
|Delivery plugins||$0 – 199 per year|
|Theme||$0 – 127|
|Turnkey website||From $1000|
To summarize, WooCommerce with all the related services, plugins, and options is a really good way to start an online business for aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced ones.
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