In today’s world of the internet, if you want to do a business and want to grow, your online presence is a must. And, the technological advancement offered by software development companies is offering you a lot of support to go online. There are a number of companies that provide you the opportunity to do business on the internet and TWO of such big players are Shopify and BigCommerce.
Both the platforms are amazing in their own field and offer different features which are suitable for different types of businesses. And that is why when you are planning to launch an e-commerce store, you will face a serious dilemma which one to select. In this article, we are going to help you to find the best platform, according to your need. This article will provide you with a head-to-head comparative study on the features, designs, product management process, pricing, and all. Stay connected.
A quick overview:
Shopify and BigCommerce are the TWO leading e-commerce solutions available in the market that aim at people with low budgets who do not want to go for web development. One is meant for mid to large-sized startups whereas the other one is best for beginners who want to create an e-commerce store on their own.
What is Shopify?
Shopify is a complete tool that allows anyone to use an e-commerce platform and build their stores without any skills in coding or web development. If you do not want to hire anybody to run your store on the online platform, this is the best tool that you can opt for. With its USP of user-friendliness, this is the most favorite place for starting an online business that offers a lot of features like:
A subdomain and hosting space
Inventory, order, and Product management options
Ease of online payments
Customer database and basic relationship management
Detailed reporting options
Discounts and coupon code management capability
Integration with social media
There are some amazing and time-saver attributes and helper tools of these platforms that, as a small entrepreneur, you may really like. Some of them are
Logo and slogan maker
Business name and business card generator
QR code generator
Refund policy generator
It is pretty much optimized, and these unique features are great for starting a business.
What is BigCommerce ?
Like Shopify, BigCommerce also allows you to create your business portfolio from the scratch and you can manage the same on a regular basis. With a lot of unique features, this platform is also capable of making business simple and efficient. It is good for you if you are new to online business but for a massive and fast-growing business, this is the best platform. Along with the similar features to Shopify, BigCommerce helps you to make your business portfolio more professional by offering
Site traffic analysis
Create blog posts and pages
Search marketing campaigns
SEO features to help you rank well
Great scalability options for fast-growing companies
Multi-channel selling capabilities
Who uses Shopify and Who uses BigCommerce?
When we are talking about the best e-commerce platforms for businesses, you must be excited to know the existing companies that are using these platforms. Here is the client list which will give you a better idea.
Shopify: Some of the big organizations which are using Shopify are Wikipedia, Google, Gopole, Uproot, Johnny Cupcakes, Harris Farm, Rug&Home, Shore Projects, Fitbit, Hyatt Hotels Corp, Red Bull GmbH,
BigCommerce: Some of the big clients of BigCommerce include Procter & Gamble, Gildan Activewear Inc, Whataburger, Flydubai, Toyota, B-Wear Sportswear, Boundless networks, etc.
The Design philosophy – Shopify Vs Big Commerce:
The design that the platforms offer is one of the biggest criteria to select the right one for you. Every e-commerce store owner wants their website to look amazing and attractive. Let’s have a look.
Shopify: This platform offers more than 100 varieties of amazing inbuilt e-commerce store templates and 20+ of them costs nothing. To make it more convenient, Shopify provides the option to filter the themes as per the price and industry. Knowing the viewer’s preference, Shopify has developed the themes to make them mobile friendly and it takes minimum loading time, making it more favorable to the users.
Shopify templates can be customized through different modes. If you do not have expertise in coding and web development, the built-in theme editor is there for your ease. You can adjust different aspects like colors, logo, header, and more by simply selecting your choice. Moreover, there is an option to modify the HTML and CSS codes for adjustments as per your wish.
BigCommerce: Unlike Shopify, the design bucket of BigCommerce contains fewer offerings especially in the free department. BigCommerce themes are not that much customization-supportive and mobile responsive. But you can filter the most responsive and editable template that suits your branding.
BigCommerce provides access to the HTML and CSS codes that you can modify and customize as per your need to create attractive themes. But you need to be a coding and web-development expert to manage this customization. Only the basic editing like modifying the logo or changing the site header can be done at an ease. Basically, after some efforts on site modification and customization, the BigCommerce platform is great to do business and showcase your brand and products.
Product Management features- Shopify Vs Big Commerce:
It is vital to make your business page attractive and user-friendly. Along with this, you need to juggle between the daily orders and products regularly. Therefore, this interface must be user-friendly and provide the required features to run your business. Let’s check how these TWO platforms handle this area.
Shopify: Adding and managing products in Shopify is easy and convenient. Through well-separated segmental options and parameters, you can add new products, remove the discontinued items, feature the best products, and all in a faster and easier way. Not only that, the inventory management, setting price, adding description and images, delivery options all can be optimized as per your wish and demand.
BigCommerce: Managing your products and portfolio here is also similar to Shopify but the interface looks a little complicated. BigCommerce has all the required fields that help you to run your business efficiently like modifying the product portfolio, changing the images and descriptions, pricing, and all. It offers more features than Shopify and you can select the required ones that suit you better. Also, the attractive feature of One-click adjustment allows you to easily promote any product. With a regular interaction, it is easy to grasp but for newbies, it is a little cumbersome task.
Which one is cheaper – Shopify or Big Commerce:
At the end of the day, the biggest concern of yours is the pricing and we must say that both of them are affordable. Both platforms have different plans like basic, advanced, and so on which are designed to target the requirement of businesses. But there are some contrasts which we will discuss below.
Shopify offers four different plans for its users which start from $9, $29, $79, and $ 179 per month, and all these plans provide different options. The most useful and sensible one, the Basic plan comes at $29 which offers to sell Unlimited products through your e-commerce store, sell on different social media platforms like Meta (Formerly Facebook), Twitter, Pinterest, avail the Point-of-sale software of Shopify, 24X7 customer support and some more. You can also process different payment modes including credit cards, and other payment gateways.
Whereas, BigCommerce has three main pricing ranges: $30, $80, and $200 per month. The cheapest plan provides unlimited products, storage and bandwidths, coupons and discounts, 24X7 customer support, different reporting tools, and payment options.
The final words:
Whether you are starting your online store or planning to multifold your business, these TWO famous online platforms offer numerous benefits. Looking into your requirement, any one of these can fit your requirement and there is no BEST or BAD option between these. Entrepreneurs who are keen to start a new business can opt for Shopify as it is more user-friendly and comes with a low-price plan. But if you are the one who has a big firm and is not afraid of doing experience or can go with a little complex learning curve, BigCommerce is a great platform for you.
Author Name:- Harikrishna Kundariya
Biography:- Harikrishna Kundariya, a marketer, developer, IoT, ChatBot & Blockchain savvy, designer, co-founder, Director of eSparkBiz Technologies. His 10+ experience enables him to provide digital solutions to new start-ups based on IoT and ChatBot.