Shopify vs. BigCommerce: More Money with Who?

Are you planning to put up an online store? Then, you’re probably in search of an ecommerce platform that will help you operate and manage it.

Your two top choices are: Shopify and BigCommerce.

Both of these are top quality ecommerce platforms that allow you to set up an online store where you can sell your products. To help you decide which of the two to go for, here’s a review of all their key features.

Pricing

So let’s start with pricing.

Shopify has five pricing plans:

  • Lite – $9 per month
  • Basic Shopify – $29 per month
  • Shopify – $79 per month
  • Advanced Shopify – $299 per month
  • Shopify Plus – Amount depends on your requirements

Meanwhile, BigCommerce has four pricing plans:

  • Bigcommerce Standard – $29.95 per month
  • Bigcommerce Plus – $79.95 per month
  • Bigcommerce Pro – $249.95 per month
  • Bigcommerce Enterprise – Amount depends on your requirements

BigCommerce is only a little more expensive than Shopify. Its standard store costs $29.95, only $0.95 higher than Basic Shopify’s $29 pricing. However, with Shopify, you can get start selling your products at only $9 with their Lite program. The only catch is, you don’t get to have a functional online shop. You will just have a “Shopify button” on your existing website.

Themes/Design

Design is very important in ecommerce. Your online storefront should look clean, professional and credible. Both Shopify and BigCommerce offer free and paid themes.

At Shopify, the themes available are often described as “modern and professional”. Paid themes cost about $100 to $180. It’s easy to browse through the themes and find the ones that you like.

Unfortunately, this convenience isn’t available at BigCommerce. Although most of its themes are functional, you won’t get to see any of these until you sign up for their 15-day trial. Plus, they’re not as impressive and inviting as those that you can find Shopify.

Tools

When it comes to ecommerce tools that will help you showcase your products, organize your inventory and shipping, set up payments and track your orders, BigCommerce seem to work more efficiently than Shopify. Shopify can also equip your store with advanced tools but you’d have to pay for them in their App Marketplace.

Support

As for customer support, you’ll be glad to know that both ecommerce platforms are all out in helping their users make the most out of their experience. Both have excellent tutorial resources, community forums and support system for technology issues. Both have live phone support that’s available 24 hours a day.

Now that you know the basic features of both ecommerce platforms, it will now be easier for you to make a choice between the two.