My recommended picks for store and blog builders!

There are only two tools that I recommend to build a website. If you want to build a blog, the way to go is WordPress.

But if you want to build an online store for your own products or for dropshipping, you can choose between Shopify and WordPress powered with WooCommerce.

Let us explore each one!

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Shopify: Great for e-Commerce | Online Store

Shopify was built for a single purpose: online stores.

I highly recommend Shopify if you are putting up an online store because it is easy to use, it is affordable, and it has support by thousands of app developers.

Here are some stats about Shopify:

  • More than 1 million merchants who use Shopify for their online stores
  • Shopify is present in more than 175 countries
    Shopify is the third largest source of retail products, next only to Amazon and eBay
  • Major brands use Shopify for their stores, such as Nestle, Penguin Books, Pepsi, Unilever, Tesla Motors, Budweiser and more.

What’s in it for you?

Below are the pros of using Shopify for your online store:

  • 14-day FREE trial
    Choose from three types of plans
  • Pay monthly, not annually
  • Cancel anytime
    Fully hosted web store
  • Supports dropshipping
  • More than 2,500 apps to choose from
  • You can blog in your store
  • Can be integrated to other sales channels like Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, and more
  • Accepts more than 100 payment processors
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EASE OF USE

5/5

PRICE

5/5

FUNCTIONS

5/5

SUPPORT

5/5

PRODUCTS

  • 14-day free trial | no credit card required
  • Create your store with drag-and-drop features
  • Sell your items in different channels
  • Get paid in more than 100 ways
  • Hundreds of free and paid themes
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WordPress: Great for Blogs, Affiliate Marketing Sites, Info Products and e-Commerce

WordPress is one of the biggest web building platforms in the world. I use WordPress for my blogs and affiliate marketing niche sites. With WordPress e-Commerce Plan, you can add physical and digital products to your website, which customers can buy and download.

Here are some stats about WordPress:

  • WordPress powers 35% of the internet
  • It is used by huge companies like Sony and Forbes
  • 70 million posts are made on WordPress per month
  • More than 1.1 million new websites are made on WordPress every six months

What’s in it for you?

Below are the pros of using WordPress for your online store:

  • Great for blogs
  • Thousands of plug-ins for SEO, marketing, e-commerce, etc.
  • Great customer support
  • High-performance
  • Self-hosted
  • Mobile-friendly
5/5

EASE OF USE

5/5

PRICE

5/5

FUNCTIONS

5/5

SUPPORT

5/5

PRODUCTS

  • Choose from several price plans
  • Thousands of plug-ins to support any thing you need to run a website
  • Hundreds of e-Commerce features and payment gateways
  • Thousands of free and paid themes
  • Highly flexible web-building platform
  • Build from Bluehost, WordPress, or WooCommerce–the choice is yours

NOTE: WordPress is easy to use if you only want to put up a blog. If you want to use it for e-commerce, it certainly beats Shopify in flexibility and functionality, but it is more difficult to use.

To use WordPress for an e-commerce site, you have three options:

  • Create the e-commerce site from WordPress
  • Create the e-commerce site from BlueHost
  • Create the e-commerce site from WooCommerce
  • For blogging, go straight to WordPress.

If you have the skill and the patience, use WordPress for your e-commerce store. If not, I recommend Shopify.

SiteGround: Great hosting service for for Blogs, Affiliate Marketing Sites, Info Products and e-Commerce

A web host is a company that stores all your website files, and “serves” these files to the user. Anyone who attempts to access your website shall be pointed to SiteGround, and SiteGround will show the user your website through the user’s browser. 

Here are some stats about SiteGround:

  • SiteGround powers 4 million websites in the world
  • Up time of 99.9%
  • 673 ms in speed

What’s in it for you?

5/5

EASE OF USE

5/5

PRICE

5/5

FUNCTIONS

5/5

SUPPORT

5/5

PRODUCTS

  • Choose from several price plans, all of which are affordable
  • Lots of supoprting feature such as domains, SSL, daily backup, free  email, etc.
  • Improve your website load speed with SG Optimizer
  • Use Cloudfare CDN and caching

NOTE: SiteGround works best if you want to build a blog or a store with WordPress and WooCommerce. 

To use SiteGround for an e-commerce site, you have to:

  • Install WordPress
  • Intsall WooCommerce

If you have the skill and the patience, use SiteGround for your e-commerce store. If not, I recommend Shopify.

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