When people first get started with an online business, one of the first questions they’ll ask is “which platform do I choose?” Let me help you out!
Both platforms are for selling products online, but they specialize in different areas.
The whole WooCommerce vs Easy Digital Downloads debate can be solved with one simple question: what are you selling?
Are you selling PHYSICAL products that require shipping? Use WooCommerce.
When SHIPPING is involved, WooCommerce rocks it. That’s exactly what it was built for.
- Physical products
- Shipping costs
- Stock management
Those are the things WooCommerce was built for.
Yes you can also sell digital goods, but with WooCommerce that’s kind of like an afterthought. The physical product system is the highlight, and digital downloads were tacked on.
Are you selling DIGITAL products? Use Easy Digital Downloads.
When you think digital goods (e-books, PDFs, plugins, themes, etc.) you probably think:
- No shipping
- Ability to attach a file to a product and automatically deliver that file after payment is made
- No stock management (you have unlimited amounts of a digital file!)
- Possibly product licenses for plugins/themes
This is where Easy Digital Downloads ROCKS. It was created for digital products and it does that job damn well.
But why not use WooCommerce for everything? It does support digital products after all!
Yes, WooCommerce does have support for digital products. So why not use it regardless of your product type?
If you ONLY sell digital products, then WooCommerce is not the best or simplest option.
If you only sell digital products on your site and you have no plans for physical products later, then WooCommerce is overkill for your needs. You’ll have tons of extra files and UI features that are useless to you and you have to skip over them every time you create a product.
It’s like buying a huge ass mansion with a library, a farm, a tennis court, a pool, and a race track when you hate physical activities and all you want is the library. Too much maintenance. Too much unnecessary stuff to wade through.
It’s better to use the plugin that was specifically designed to do exactly what you want—serve digital products.
Use Easy Digital Downloads if…
- You sell digital products.
- You have no plans to create physical products.
- You want a simple interface that has all the features you need for digital products and not extra stuff you don’t need (shipping, product dimensions, etc.).