WordPress vs Zencart – Which is better?

Choosing an ecommerce platform when starting up an online shop can always be a difficult decision. There are many different options out there and tonnes of differing advice about which ones to use.

This blog will give you an oversight of both the wordpress and zencart platforms when used as an ecommerce tool. I personally use both platforms extensively for myself and my clients and these are some experiences of wordpress vs zencart and which one is more suitable and for whom.


Both Installations both are relatively straight forward. Most Hosts now come complete with Cpanel which has quick installation links for both WordPress and Zencart for an easy install.

If you don’t use Cpanel you can manually download the free platform files from their sites and upload them via ftp.

WordPress: https://wordpress.org/download/

Zencart: https://sourceforge.net/projects/zencart/

Choosing your ecommerce platform by the ease of installation shouldn’t sway your decision in this area. Both WordPress and Zencart have configuration options once installed on a server, with Zencart also having a fully explained step through guide which is typically straightforward.

Usability & Interface

Deciding which platform suits you for usability depends on the number of attributes your shop has. At first glance WordPress’ back end interface comes across as an easier UI than Zencart.

WordPress has a compact UI where all your relative links and tools will be down the left hand side of the program. Here you’ll find a bunch of options that you can explore to customise the site you are wanting to make. WordPress has a pretty big community and many different options you can choose from, there are set templates that can be chosen from and even with low level knowledge creating a site can be made pretty simple. This comes a double edged sword, where some people have criticized that a lot of sites built by WP have come across looking the very similar, this is where your own creativity can push the boundaries of your website.

Zencart has a more laid out UI that crosses across the top on the program and has plenty of drop down menus and customise and also explore. A benefit with using Zencart is that its open source eCommerce tools are supported by the developer community, so creating and sharing your knowledge learned with the community can expand your website even with mid level knowledge of the program.

WordPress has a more visually driven content management system which would be much easier for beginners who have not had any experience with any ecommerce systems.


Both Zencart and WordPress are free to download! Costs in this area would come from renting servers or paying for extra premium plugins or themes for each program.

Talking about payments, both WordPress and Zencart accept payments via integration with popular gateways. (i.e Paypal/etc.)


Plugins are extra software that can be uploaded to extend and expand functionality of your website.

WordPress Plugin Directory has a bunch of free plugins that you can download and apply to your website, they also offer premium plugins that come with full time support staff and developers that work on maintaining and upholding security & compatibility. Most plugins will work fine with each other, but you can come across some that may overlap in code or create errors with compatibility. These will have to be manually fixed or if paid for there is support staff there to help.

Zencart Plugin Directory has also a bunch of addons and you can use these for free from the website. The community are the biggest contributors to making plugins for zencart, and it is much easier to create completely unique functions for your website that can also be shared online. Premium plugins are also available for Zencart, and both platforms can be easily be integrated with search engine optimization (SEO).

Template Options

Both Zencart & WordPress both give you options to choose from templates made via there theme directories. WordPress’ options for themes are huge and there are many different ones to choose from, however, if you want to change parts of the theme yourself, you will find this much harder than you would with Zencart. Zencart’s options for themes are probably more limited than WP but you’ll find that you can create your own unique designs and download packages from there community once again.


Hackers are probably one of the biggest threats to your websites, and WordPress being one of the most used ecommerce programs leaves a big target on your back. This doesn’t mean that Zencart websites don’t get targeted either. This just shows that depending on which you choose, you’ll have to take precautions and know what information should be changed within your website to stay safe. Both Zencart and WordPress give you options and plugins that can help your security.

WordPress was criticised when it was first conceived for its poor security, however, this myth now has been debunked as long as you create a good wordpress website with strong designers and developers that can fortify your site to be hacking-proof.

Majority of these ecommerce platforms offer tutorials on how to make sure your website is safe. They offer tips and tricks that can keep you in the know-how and these all can be found via their own websites. So choosing your platform on how safe it is can be a very important factor.


When choosing your ecommerce platform there are many different factors you must decide on. I have covered several important choices that i think will help sway a decision for someone who is choosing to create a website.
WordPress is definitely the better beginners choice if you are new to creating websites, if you have a smaller pool of products you’re selling or looking for a widely used platform that a majority of websites use nowadays.

Zencart is definitely a choice to consider due to a more customisable interface, the fact that if you have a larger pool of products you would like to sell on your site, it is much easier to set up,  and that its is less prone to hackers attacking due to it not being as much of a mainstream platform.

Ultimately this all comes down to your choice, and if you are to consider these factors, this can help you make a more decisive decision on what ecommerce platform you want to choose.

Pros Vs Cons



  • Beautifully simple and very manageable to use
  • Very big store for plugins


  • Consistently updating, this makes it prone for more hackers
  • Some themes can consist of unnecessary generic code



  • Great for large businesses
  • Community driven work, this allows for closer interactions with others work


  • Average templates
  • Since it is a quite community driven platform, its much harder to find formal support

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