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Fully Managed vs. Self-Managed e-Commerce: Which is Best for Your Business?

  • By Ryan Stogran
  • October 28, 2021
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Why Compare Shopify & WooCommerce?

They're Popular

They're Versatile

They're Accessible

Self-Managed or Fully Managed: Which Is Best?

Fully Managed e-Commerce

  • A “plug-and-play” approach to e-commerce
  • Tech support included
  • Easier for beginners

Self-Managed eCommerce

  • Open-source for extra customization
  • Requires some coding/web design ability
  • No tech support

What is Shopify?

What Are Shopify's Strengths?

  • You don’t need to be good with technology: Like we said earlier, Shopify’s ready-to-go themes mean you won’t have to lift a finger when it comes to designing the look and feel of your store. If you were running a brick-and-mortar retail business, this would be like the difference between getting a free interior designer and having to paint and furnish the space by yourself.
  • The time commitment is minimal: Every business requires you to work on it, but Shopify minimizes the amount of time you’ll spend by offering a gentle learning curve and responsive technical support.
  • It’s affordable: Shopify gives you a free 14-day trial right out of the gate, and the basic plan (which will work for most businesses) starts at only $29 USD per month. They also let you connect a custom domain name to your store for less than $10 per year—and they even throw in an SSL certificate to help make sure all your transactions get handled safely, which can save you about $75 per year.
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What Can Shopify Do?

Shopify vs. WooCommerce

Costs

Maintenance/Upkeep

Final Thoughts on Shopify vs. WooCommerce

Shopify Pros:

  • Free trial period
  • Affordable monthly plans
  • Easy to use
  • Basic features are powerful enough for most businesses
  • Access to high-quality tech support
  • Comes with SSL certificate

Shopify Cons:

  • Not open-source
  • No free version after trial expires

WooCommerce Pros:

  • Open-source
  • Free to use (with domain and web hosting from WordPress)
  • Active community forum for tech issues

WooCommerce Cons:

  • Requires coding/design skills to make use of full features
  • Additional plugins can be costly
  • No professional tech support
  • No SSL certificate

Why RS Creativ?

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Why RS Creativ?

We only work with great companies where we can add meaningful value. It's foundational to everything we do.

About Us  ❯❯

We Get Results

What we do isn't magic. It's good old-fashioned hard work that's executed to perfection.

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We Get Results

What we do isn't magic. It's good old-fashioned hard work that's executed to perfection.

Our Work  ❯❯