WooCommerce – #1 eCommerce platform

It’s official: WooCommerce is the world’s most used e-commerce platform.

According to WooThemes who recently published some statistics based on data from BuiltWith, WooCommerce is installed on more sites than any other e-commerce software. WooCommerce outranks not only other WordPress plugins like WP e-Commerce or Shopp, but all self-hosted solutions including ZenCart, PrestaShop, osCommerce, Shopify, you name it. It even surpasses Magento – while it should be admitted that Magento still has a greater share with high traffic sites.

You should read the blog post on woothemes.com – there are many interesting stats and diagrams about countries or business types, but my favorite is certainly this one:

WooCommerce market share - January 2014

http://www.woothemes.com/2014/02/monitoring-woocommerce-growth/

If you’re a developer or theme designer who has used other content management systems or e-commerce platforms in the past, this is the time to reconsider – and focus on WordPress and WooCommerce. With WooCommerce powering over 10% of all e-commerce sites and WordPress powering more than 20% of the whole web – both numbers are still increasing exponentially! – there is no doubt where all the fun will be in the future…

If you’re a shop owner and thinking about migrating to WordPress / WooCommerce: Do it. It will require some one time effort, but you’ll be rewarded with a stable, future-proof and maintainable e-commerce solution which is loved by developers and search engines alike. No more “I’m sorry, but I’m afraid I can’t do that” from your dev guy because implementing your wishes would require messing with the core your e-commerce software and make future updates a nightmare – a skilled developer can do almost anything with WooCommerce, without every touching the core.

That’s why I predict a huge number of talented developers will be focussing on WooCommerce and WordPress in the future – eventually it might be hard to find someone skilled enough to fix your ZenCart site…

Let me know what you think in the comments. Is WooThemes doing right? 

How big will WooCommerce or WordPress be in one year from now?

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