WooCommerce was originally developed as a plugin for WordPress, which is the most commonly used
content management system. The goal of WooCommerce is to enable both small and big businesses
using WordPress to have e-shop functionality on their websites.
The initial version of WooCommerce was released in 2011 and was very well received by the WordPress
community due to its straightforward installation, rich customisation and, finally, because it was a free
As of today, WooCommerce has been downloaded more than 4 million times and is estimated to be
running on more than 2 million active stores worldwide. These numbers are noteworthy and attest to the
great popularity of WooCommerce, which is a result of a combination of robustness, functionality, no-
cost/open-source licensing, and the extensive availability of additional add-ons and themes.
Like WordPress, WooCommerce is a highly customisable, modular software solution that can be
developed further for specific needs. Or, you can choose from the many readily available packages -
add-ons, themes and so on – including more than 400 official ones provided by more than 350
contributors around the globe.