categories, thousands of products with ease. It can cope with loads of products, their attributes, options, filters and their combinations much better, because it was built just for that out of the box. It has dedicated pages and tabs for setting all the product variations. WooCommerce has only the basic tools out of the box, so you need additional plugins to get similar functionality.
And that optional Wocommerce functionality comes with some serious troubles. For example – if you want some additional tool in OpenCart, you simply install additional extension (in other words, plugin). If you want the same function in WooCommerce, it means you need a plugin for a plugin (remember that WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin?). So most of WooCommerce plugins make the system more complicated, and it also makes it slower. It can be especially noticed in WordPress administration pages.
And it gets a lot worse if your store is multilingual. OpenCart by default can be multilingual – your store can have 2 or more languages without any additional extensions. WooCommerce and WordPress are not multilingual by default, so you need additional plugins for that. So WordPress plugin Woocommerce needs to be integrated with third party multilingual plugin, and all the other plugins need to be integrated with those too. Lets say that managing mutilingual WooCommerce store is slow and sluggish… at best. And no server optimizations will help you here – there’s just lots of complicated code there.
When you should use OpenCart, and when you’ll be better with WooCommerce
Now you know most of the similarities and differences between these two very popular self-hosted e-commerce platforms. But still – which one to choose?
When you should use WooCommerce
WooCommerce is great for integrating a tiny or small online store with a blog. For example, if you’re selling a book, online courses or a small number (variations) of hand-made products, WooCommerce is just an ideal platform.
WordPress will let you create impressive landing pages, write capturing stories in the blog, and the same platform with added WooCommerce can run your craft store.
It does not mean you cannot run a store with hundreds of products using WooCommerce. You technically can, but it won’t be the smartest solution – the same as you would like to use your minivan as a truck. It was not built for large and complicated loads from the start.
When you should use OpenCart
OpenCart is built especially for online shopping. If you want to build an e-store with hundreds or thousands of products, complicated options, attributes, filters and categories, OpenCart is a great platform.
It might not be that easy to integrate with a blog or create landing pages for products, but as a store administration tool it is just in another level – for it’s tools, speed and ease of use for administrators and managers.