Prodigy Commerce Introduces a Powerful WooCommerce Alternative for Building Stores with WordPress

Prodigy Commerce, Inc.

Prodigy Commerce releases an eCommerce platform for the WordPress community to build beautiful, secure, fully functional stores.

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, December 1, 2022 / — Prodigy Commerce, the only free WordPress managed eCommerce platform, has launched its unique solution commercially. Prodigy brings together the best of WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system (powering over 40% of the web) and a hosted eCommerce platform.

Since its inception in 2011, WooCommerce has been the currently dominant WordPress eCommerce solution with a current market share of ca. 95%, nearly 4 million stores run on its plugin and extension architecture.

Given Prodigy’s founding vision that the WordPress community of developers, designers and agencies should offer their clients more choice, Prodigy’s team ensured that the platform’s unique solution seamlessly blends WordPress’ superior CMS with a powerful platform, to create a viable alternative to WooCommerce.

Prodigy’s solution requires only one free, open-source plugin, which reduces the complexity of building a store and its ongoing maintenance. Plus, it maximizes site speed and security, which is a key concern for developers. With that in mind, Prodigy Commerce has solid infrastructure and security, is hosted on AWS, and checkout is PCI compliant. Each store also offers a free SSL/TLS certificate to ensure users’ websites are fully encrypted and protected.

The hosting platform does not charge any subscription fees or any other hidden fees for professionals who set up shop or their shopkeeper clients. There are also no limits on the number of products, orders processed, sales generated, bandwidth or storage used, employee seats, or API requests.

Users have complete storefront design flexibility, and the plugin is built using WordPress conventions and standards. Templates can also be overridden to create unique designs or popular themes, and page builders like Elementor Pro are available. This way, users have full control over the appearance of their website. This allows for easy or complex configuration of the site according to how developers and users want or need it.

Prodigy Commerce has a Shopify-like backend experience where store owners can manage their products and orders on a platform that is beautifully designed, intuitive, and easy to use. WordPress is only used to manage content and create storefronts.

The company provides multi-channel customer service to professionals and store owners with toll-free phone, email and live chat support from California. There is also extensive documentation and user guides available if something is unclear. During development, unexpected roadblocks often arise at the most inopportune times. So, this level of support means no precious time is wasted. This is especially important when wasted time has a significant financial impact.

Prodigy’s solution removes the complexity, security risk, and cost of WooCommerce plugin and extension architectures by tightly integrating all essential functionality into the platform and building advanced features natively. Integration partners include ShipEngine, TaxJar, MaxMind minFraud, some high quality payment processors, Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel. Advanced features built locally currently include abandoned cart recovery and the ability to sell products and services on a subscription basis. Build a fully functional store without the need for third-party services.

Prodigy’s business model is based entirely on revenue-sharing agreements with payment processors integrated into its platform, similar to Shopify’s exclusive relationship with payment facilitator Stripe. However, Prodigy doesn’t charge subscription or application fees; it’s really free. Payment processing rates start at the standard 2.9% + $0.30. For high-volume stores, Prodigy helps store owners negotiate lower rates and fees. Prodigy fits perfectly with a store owner’s main goal, which is to generate sales.

Founded in 2018, Prodigy Commerce launched an alpha version in 2019, a beta version in 2021, and a commercial launch in 2022. To learn more about Prodigy Commerce, visit their website or follow them on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media Contact:

Brian McGowan
Prodigy Commerce, Inc.
+1 800-930-2902
[email protected]

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