Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BigCommerce
Score 7.8 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
BigCommerce is a SaaS platform that allows SMBs to develop eCommerce sites. Features include the capabilities to design the storefront, configure products, manage payments, generate traffic, and optimize conversion.
$29.95
per month
Podia
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Podia in New York offers their ecommerce platform for managing memberships and selling courses online.
$39
per month
Pricing
BigCommercePodia
Editions & Modules
Standard
$29.95
per month
Plus
$79.95
per month*
Pro
$299.95
per month*
Enterprise
Custom
per month
Mover
$39.00
per month
Shaker
$79.00
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BigCommercePodia
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details*if paid annually
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Community Pulse
BigCommercePodia
Top Pros

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Features
BigCommercePodia
Online Storefront
Comparison of Online Storefront features of Product A and Product B
BigCommerce
7.4
416 Ratings
4% below category average
Podia
7.9
1 Ratings
3% above category average
Product catalog & listings7.9412 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Product management7.4409 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Bulk product upload7.7309 Ratings00 Ratings
Branding7.3360 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Mobile storefront7.5400 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Product variations7.3387 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Website integration7.6341 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Visual customization7.3402 Ratings8.01 Ratings
CMS7.0296 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Online Shopping Cart
Comparison of Online Shopping Cart features of Product A and Product B
BigCommerce
7.7
402 Ratings
2% above category average
Podia
10.0
1 Ratings
28% above category average
Abandoned cart recovery7.7359 Ratings00 Ratings
Checkout user experience7.6397 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Online Payment System
Comparison of Online Payment System features of Product A and Product B
BigCommerce
8.0
398 Ratings
4% below category average
Podia
10.0
1 Ratings
18% above category average
eCommerce security8.0398 Ratings10.01 Ratings
eCommerce Marketing
Comparison of eCommerce Marketing features of Product A and Product B
BigCommerce
7.2
403 Ratings
4% below category average
Podia
8.5
1 Ratings
13% above category average
Promotions & discounts7.5379 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Personalized recommendations6.8315 Ratings00 Ratings
SEO7.3374 Ratings7.01 Ratings
eCommerce Business Management
Comparison of eCommerce Business Management features of Product A and Product B
BigCommerce
7.5
408 Ratings
4% below category average
Podia
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Ratings
Multi-site management7.9183 Ratings00 Ratings
Order processing7.6387 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory management7.7343 Ratings00 Ratings
Shipping7.0348 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom functionality7.4344 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
BigCommercePodia
Small Businesses
Shopify Plus
Shopify Plus
Score 9.0 out of 10
Shopify Plus
Shopify Plus
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Shopify Plus
Shopify Plus
Score 9.0 out of 10
Shopify Plus
Shopify Plus
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM Digital Commerce
IBM Digital Commerce
Score 9.0 out of 10
IBM Digital Commerce
IBM Digital Commerce
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
BigCommercePodia
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(435 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(50 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.9
(24 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(24 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.5
(12 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
6.9
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.7
(341 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BigCommercePodia
Likelihood to Recommend
BigCommerce
We have been able to utilize the program to create and develop the website. Overall, the ease of being able to create web design has been exceptionally easy for us since we are relatively new to all of this. However, there have been some screens/areas that have been a bit more challenging and require us to do some research/ask questions on how to best proceed forward.
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Podia
In my experience, Podia has been well suited in every way! I am a small company with a couple of independent contractors, and I don't know how to build my own website. I am not very techy. I get lots of compliments on how my website looks! I have had some people support me with setting up my group emails for my email list and setting up automations, and these techy people complained that they needed to do more customization in the email formatting and programming, so I switched to Mailchimp for those needs. Otherwise, I have been very happy with Podia and I am grateful to have a platform that offers so many services/features. It's affordable and user friendly. My clients and students are happy using it, too
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Pros
BigCommerce
  • SEO - fast loading speeds, helps us rank on Google
  • Product customization - allows us to customize templates to our needs to fit all viable information
  • Integration with other platforms - seamless connection to other properties like Google Ads and Analytics
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  • Web Builder
  • Storefront
  • Digital course creator
  • Bundling workshops/programs
  • easy to update and add to my website
  • customer service is awesome
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Cons
BigCommerce
  • Better and easier localisation for stores outside the US
  • Speed - it is not the fastest
  • Make sure that third-party theme developers update regularly and use best practice
  • Consider EU and country-specific rules and legal obligations and make customers aware of whether BC is actually fully compliant
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  • I sometimes wish there was more that I could customize on my website and digital programs
  • I wish their email service (for broadcasts/group emails) had more features and customization
  • I would like to use my brand font
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Likelihood to Renew
BigCommerce
We are really very likely to renew our use of BigCommerce. The reason I chose 9 instead of 10 is simply because of the hiccups we are running into with our POS. BigCommerce is excellent, but we may even want to take a step further and get into and ERP that can take care of everything. Since we are a brick & mortar store first, and eCommerce second, our POS is very important to our day to day operations
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Usability
BigCommerce
I think that overall it has a great front end for the customer. On the back end, it takes a little spin-up time, but in just a couple of hours you can really have your head wrapped around everything you're going to need 99% of the time. It takes me about 5 minutes to train a new user on how to interact with customer orders.
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Reliability and Availability
BigCommerce
Exceptional up time, free 24/7 customer service - and they are in the USA and actually speak English and can solve any problem! They are great to work with. Always easy to call in and get help.
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Performance
BigCommerce
All reporting is online and in real time, you can run comparisons, customer data, tax reports with just a click. No waiting. Export customers or inventory easily and update/re-import with another click
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Podia
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Support Rating
BigCommerce
Because they are always there no matter how simple or complex the question is, if they don't know the answer they don't fake it and just make you go away feeling frustrated.. they get you to someone that does know the answer. I always appreciate their help and their honesty!
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Online Training
BigCommerce
They have a comprehensive online help file system that makes it easy to do almost anything. They cover just about everything you'd want to do with your online store with images, clear descriptions and in some cases video. I will, however, say the videos should be a little more professorially done and not sound like the employees are doing it in their cubical.
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Implementation Rating
BigCommerce
A certified BigCommerce design and solution partner will usually comprise a team of highly experienced designers, developers and marketers. It is our view that in the vast majority of cases, this will pay dividends in the long-term - especially for those teams that could use the extra support.
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Alternatives Considered
BigCommerce
We switched from Shopify due to the restrictions they implemented on our industry. While we spent tens of thousands of dollars investing in our Shopify store, we can't have them cutting us off anytime they want. We reviewed WooCommerce, but didn't like the storefront or backend. Plus it seems like Wordpress/WooCommerce runs into tons of hacking issues and bugs.
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Podia
Kajabi had lots of features all in one place. I liked their digital course creator program. I liked the ease of their their membership site program/host, too. It had an app for my clients to use. There were some problems with not being able to customize the look of pages, but they allowed coding/programming if you had training, so I sometimes hired someone to do that for me. I couldn't figure out how to use their website builder, so I didn't do much there. When it came down to it, I could use Podia and it was cheaper and easier to use. GoDaddy was my website host for a few years. I did a lot on there. It was my website builder and host and I liked it. It was easy to use. My website looked great. It had more features than Podia with blogging and connecting to social media. I had a storefront but it wasn't great for selling digital products. Back then, it wanted to show my inventory and shipping options, which don't apply for services and digital products. I did a little with my digital courses on there, but in the end, I liked other sites better for this. It didn't work out. Weebly was just a starting point for me when I create my first digital course. I liked how it looked and it was easy to build, but there are better options for this sort of thing now.
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Scalability
BigCommerce
We started out as a startup company and started with BigCommerce, and as of today, as no longer a startup company, we are still able to use BigCommerce for all of our needs. Almost every one of our departments uses BigCommerce in some capacity for their specific roles within the company.
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Podia
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Return on Investment
BigCommerce
  • Provides a robust platform to sell a high-risk product.
  • Page Builder saves you time and money by negating the need to buy a template.
  • Includes robust promotion settings that allow for codes and automatic discounts, bulk discounts, and customer groups (i.e. military discount), all native options.
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Podia
  • Increased sales by $8000 from January to June (Added 2 more programs quickly and easily)
  • Saved almost a thousand dollars in the first year in costs by switching to Podia
  • Improved customer satisfaction by using 1 site instead of 4
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ScreenShots

BigCommerce Screenshots

Screenshot of Enterprise ecommerce for high-volume brands like Skullcandy.Screenshot of Our industry-leading integration will let you list your products on Amazon directly from the BigCommerce control panel, with centralized inventory and order processing and fulfillment.Screenshot of Easily customize the look and feel of your storefront.