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Likelihood to Recommend

BigCommerce

If you're a large company with at least 100 products, BigCommerce would be right for you. When compared to WordPress websites, you don't need to know anything technical in order to add/remove/edit products or do anything with your site. Their interface makes it easy to add products without having to know PHP or any other programming language.
Michael Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify allows you to create an eCommerce website using powerful and professional tools. You can find more customers so easily you can grow your business online. You can also create and manage digital marketing campaigns so marketing also easy with Shopify. You can easily manage orders, shipping, and payments all from one single dashboard. According to my experience when you want to sell products online, in all these scenarios Shopify is awesome.
Umair Butt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

BigCommerce
8.2
Shopify
8.3
Product catalog & listings
BigCommerce
8.2
Shopify
8.5
Product management
BigCommerce
8.5
Shopify
8.6
Bulk product upload
BigCommerce
8.2
Shopify
8.0
Branding
BigCommerce
7.9
Shopify
8.3
Mobile storefront
BigCommerce
8.7
Shopify
8.7
Product variations
BigCommerce
8.3
Shopify
8.1
Website integration
BigCommerce
8.7
Shopify
8.4
Visual customization
BigCommerce
8.2
Shopify
7.7
CMS
BigCommerce
7.5
Shopify
8.0

Online Shopping Cart

BigCommerce
8.6
Shopify
8.5
Abandoned cart recovery
BigCommerce
8.5
Shopify
8.3
Checkout user experience
BigCommerce
8.7
Shopify
8.8

Online Payment System

BigCommerce
8.9
Shopify
9.0
eCommerce security
BigCommerce
8.9
Shopify
9.0

eCommerce Marketing

BigCommerce
7.9
Shopify
8.2
Promotions & discounts
BigCommerce
8.4
Shopify
8.3
Personalized recommendations
BigCommerce
7.9
Shopify
8.4
SEO
BigCommerce
7.5
Shopify
8.0

eCommerce Business Management

BigCommerce
8.1
Shopify
7.9
Multi-site management
BigCommerce
7.8
Shopify
6.7
Order processing
BigCommerce
9.0
Shopify
8.5
Inventory management
BigCommerce
8.4
Shopify
8.4
Shipping
BigCommerce
7.9
Shopify
8.4
Custom functionality
BigCommerce
7.6
Shopify
7.5

Pros

BigCommerce

  • Features (less reliance on 3rd party plugins)
  • Admin Panel (somewhat subjective, but I find it better than Magento and Shopify)
  • Price (almost half the price of Shopify Plus in our case)
  • Community Resources (e.g. forums, monthly townhalls, private Facebook group, etc.)
  • Apps/Plugins (they have most all the popular ones)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

  • It is definitely easy to set up and get going. This does not take a lot of work or effort on the user end, especially if using templates.
  • Low code platform. You can. make customizations without code.
  • The integrations are diverse and increase functionality.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

BigCommerce

  • Steep learning curve - if you have a web/IT person, great, you're golden. If you're just starting out, or switching from a platform that's a little more plug-n-play, you'll discover that along with the robustness of BC comes it's many, many different choices. Which is great....and a bit overwhelming. It IS easy to learn though, just keep plugging away at it and don't be afraid to ask for help through the community, the help desk, or the web!
April Chin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

  • The main drawback that I am facing in Shopify for a long time is that their sales analytics system is not up to mark. As I am using Shopify to run different stores for my organization it does not get updated after-sales and does not provide the right analytics about the product strength and number of sales.
  • Secondly, Shopify has different apps which are best to run the store on max strength but they are very much costly like inventory management, generating multiple discount codes, and more robust customizable editing.
Bart Kogan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

BigCommerce

BigCommerce 9.9
Based on 50 answers
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
Kari Docekal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify 9.3
Based on 15 answers
Nothing we have used in the past or have seen thus far even comes close to offering what we get with Shopify Plus, especially for the price. You cannot even come close to getting what we are getting at the price we pay. We are beyond thrilled and Shopify Plus meets and exceeds all of our needs and expectations. We love it!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

BigCommerce

BigCommerce 9.5
Based on 21 answers
As with any system you use often, you find many things you like, you dislike, or things you would do differently. In general I think BigCommerce is one of the easiest ecommerce website platforms on the market to build a good looking and functioning site. The whole process is optimized so a non-coder should be able to get the site up and running. Coding needed is very limited (if any), and for many code-heavy issues there are solutions through the Apps Marketplace or the community message boards.
Scott Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify 10.0
Based on 3 answers
I think most people are able to suer Shopify that have used a computer. There are some features that take a bit longer to learn. If you are not a creative person it may be a bit more difficult to learn the website customization, but with a help guide or tutorial it will only take a few tries to understand how to work the interface
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

BigCommerce

BigCommerce 9.1
Based on 4 answers
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.
Darcy Knapp, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

BigCommerce

BigCommerce 9.1
Based on 4 answers
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
Darcy Knapp, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

BigCommerce

BigCommerce 8.9
Based on 29 answers
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!
Sandi Keller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify 10.0
Based on 3 answers
In terms of support I give Shopify a 9 out of 10 because they're always very friendly and thorough, and they personally can't solve my problem for me they always point me in the proper direction with the proper information I need to move forward
Paul Francis Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

BigCommerce

BigCommerce 9.1
Based on 2 answers
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.
Vinny Hebert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

BigCommerce

BigCommerce 8.5
Based on 14 answers
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.
Francis Vassallo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

Shopify 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Just start now and make the switch, the sooner the better. You will love it and it is really a simple process
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

BigCommerce

BigCommerce is way better than 3dcart, it was comparable to Shopify but with the new product promotions available it is better than Shopify now. It is better than Magento in that you do not need dedicated programmers to make simple changes to your store
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

The first Magento requires large hosting and server. Also needs to update manually to avoid security concerns so in Shopify they [are] all take care by Shopify team.Also on Shopify [it] doesn't require any technical code knowledge to set up a store.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

BigCommerce

BigCommerce 8.0
Based on 302 answers
BigCommerce has a monthly "Town Hall" meeting where they show what they are working on, what projects are in the pipeline and what they are doing to increase the useability and functionality of the platform.There is a Q&A session at the end where users can ask about specific projects or progress. Each and every session, there is significant progress on ease of use, dedicated platform support in both hardware - redundant server farms, partnering with Google Cloud, identifying and mitigating DDOS attacks in under 200msec, quadrupling server capacity for large traffic times i.e. Black Friday week, etc.—that makes seamless scaling possible.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

BigCommerce

  • Better site management has increased order volume.
  • Minimizing time spent on page setup by utilizing themes already provided by BigCommerce allows time and effort to be spent elsewhere.
  • Without a current eCommerce employee, promotions, product updates, and changes would not have been possible without much time spent and at a very high cost to our company without BigCommerce to execute the necessary changes.
Peggy Steffens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Shopify

  • It got the store up quickly so the client could start selling. She was previously selling products on Etsy and Facebook and wanted to consolidate everything onto one website, so the main thing Shopify solved was to reduce the store owner's time in managing all her products on multiple sites. Also, we had previously built a website on Wix with all the custom functionality and branding she needed - a truly great, high-end website - but it performed so slowly that it was unusable. So the speed at which Shopify can be set up and then works on the page is appreciable.
  • The website was manageable by the client - she could figure the system out herself after a while so she saved money on costs for hiring developers. She did have to hire developers to customize some of the plug-ins but costs are all relative; it wasn't a high investment compared to building a full e-commerce website. With the complexity and size of her product base and the functionality and branding she wanted to have in a website, and the potential of her business, she would have needed to invest well over $10,000 to get to where she really needs to be. In the end she kept the budget under $5000.00.
  • Costs kept climbing with plug-ins having to be added with everything. My client became more involved in building the website and began to try multiple plugins, and she did not have the skill base to evaluate the plugins functionalities so she chose plugins that did not do everything she needed, and then ended up paying the plugin developers to customize the plugins. So on one hand, it's pretty amazing to be able to bring up an e-commerce website as quickly as a week or so, but on the other hand if you need anything customized or deeper functionality in regards to product searching and filtering on the web page, and management on the backend, it quickly goes beyond the skills of the average person to manage, and above their expected budget as well. In the end my client really did not get anything close to the functionality for the website we had originally envisioned.
  • Shopify was the easiest way we could find to bring the client's products to a global market. We evaluated several other platforms and the functionality simple did not seem to be adequate, so Shopify seemed like the only solution that could do enough of what we needed and still stay within this client's budget. Really the problem in this project was not platform per se but that the budget wasn't large enough. Shopify managed to provide a solution for an ecommerce store with thousands of products on a tiny budget, so in the sense of pure functionality it provided the best value of all the platforms we evaluated. The solution still isn't big enough for this client's business though so, without having insights into this client's post-build sales results, my guess is that because her new website did not make her products easier to sort through, and she likely didn't have much more budget left to invest in SEO and other marketing of the website, her sales probably didn't increase substantially as a result of having built the website. So I think this project all in all did not likely have a high ROI.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

BigCommerce

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

BigCommerce Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard29.951
Plus79.952
EnterpriseCustom3
Pro299.954
  1. per month
  2. per month*
  3. per month
  4. per month*
Additional Pricing Details
*if paid annually

Shopify

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Shopify Editions & Modules

Edition
Shopify Lite$91
Basic Shopify$291
Shopify$791
Advanced Shopify$2991
Shopify Plus$2,0001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BigCommerce
8.9
Shopify
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

BigCommerce
9.9
Shopify
9.3

Usability

BigCommerce
9.5
Shopify
10.0

Reliability and Availability

BigCommerce
9.1
Shopify
10.0

Performance

BigCommerce
9.1
Shopify

Support Rating

BigCommerce
8.9
Shopify
10.0

Online Training

BigCommerce
9.1
Shopify

Implementation Rating

BigCommerce
8.5
Shopify
10.0

Scalability

BigCommerce
8.0
Shopify

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