In a lot of posts, you see people compare WordPress and WooCommerce vs Shopify as if they’re always two separate platforms. But did you know that it’s actually possible to use Shopify with WordPress, which kind of gives you the best of both worlds?
You get the awesome flexibility of WordPress, while still getting the hands-off, maintenance-free, security-handled benefits of Shopify. Plus, you can save a lot of money on Shopify because you don’t need to pay for the full Shopify plan – all you need is the $9 per month Shopify Lite plan.
In this post, you’ll learn how to set it up so that you can seamlessly use Shopify on your WordPress site – no code required.
If you’ve ever wondered “can you use Shopify with WordPress”, this is the post for you.
How Does It Work to Use Shopify With WordPress?
To use Shopify with WordPress, you can use a little-known feature called the Shopify Buy Button. Essentially, this feature lets you display your products on your WordPress site while still handling the checkout process with Shopify.
I also recommend a plugin called WP Shopify that further bridges the gap and helps add some automation to the process by syncing your Shopify products to WordPress. With the Shopify Buy Button by itself, you would need to manually add product information to your WordPress site. With the WP Shopify plugin, you can automatically sync details between your Shopify store and your WordPress site.
The basic process for your shoppers looks like this:
- They land on your WordPress site
- Shoppers will browse products on your WordPress site.
- Shoppers can add products to their cart while staying on your WordPress site.
- Once they’re ready to check out, they click the Begin checkout button.
- The Begin checkout button takes them to the Shopify-hosted checkout page, where they enter their payment details and finish their orders.
You can view an example demo here.
The basic process for store admins look like this:
- You add products to your store using the Shopify dashboard.
- The WP Shopify plugin syncs those products to your WordPress site. You get a “Products” custom post type and each product gets an entry.
- You can use shortcodes or PHP functions to create core WordPress pages, like your main storefront page.
- You can use settings to control how your products/shop pages look at WordPress. Or, you can customize them yourself with PHP/CSS.
- You can still use regular WordPress plugins (though you cannot use Shopify apps on the front-end).
- When someone places an order, the order details are available in your Shopify account (not WordPress). You can use all of Shopify’s features to handle fulfillment.
Benefits of Using Shopify on WordPress?
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This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on Learn WordPress with WPLift.