Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BigCommerce
Score 7.5 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
Shopify
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Shopify is a commerce platform designed for both online stores and retail locations. Shopify offers a professional online storefront, a payment solution to accept credit cards, and the Shopify POS application to power retail sales.
$29
per month
Pricing
BigCommerceShopify
Editions & Modules
Standard
$29.95
per month
Plus
$79.95
per month*
Pro
$299.95
per month*
Enterprise
Custom
per month
Shopify Lite
$9
per month
Basic Shopify
$29
per month
Shopify
$79
per month
Advanced Shopify
$299
per month
Shopify Plus
2,000
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BigCommerceShopify
Free Trial
YesYes
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
BigCommerceShopify
Considered Both Products
BigCommerce
Chose BigCommerce
We used both Yahoo's ecommerce platform which was awful and very limited, not to mention incredibly difficult to find developers for, to also using Shopify Plus which had a lot going for it too but was surprisingly limited out of the box compared to BigCommerce but has more …
Chose BigCommerce
Of all the eCommerce platforms we evaluated, only Shopify would compete. Shopify is a better bet with smaller catalogs and less custom business requirements in our experience. While the app store in Shopify is robust, BigCommerce has better native features that were important …
Chose BigCommerce
Most reliable and robust e-commerce solution for the price. Easy to learn and to continue to use. Great user and customer management. Product capabilities are way better than the competition. It doesn't take a long time to onboard an entire business' inventory and get to …
Chose BigCommerce
Integrations with Shopify were inadequate, and we felt the overall impression was too informal, without the backend flexibility our catalog requires. As for Magento, I had experience at a previous company with Magento and was never very satisfied with any part of it. I took a …
Chose BigCommerce
osCommerce was our previous platform. It worked great for what it was but was too difficult to maintain and behind the times. When looking for a replacement, Squarespace and Shopify were both evaluated. Squarespace was not responsive at the time and did not support all of the …
Chose BigCommerce
BigCommerce VS Shopify: Do I like Shopify? Yes. Has Shopify positioned itself as more of a get rich quick drop shipping platform, and alternative to marketplaces like Etsy? Also yes. Listen, I still like Shopify a lot, and there are absolutely still cases where I feel Shopify
Chose 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 …
Chose BigCommerce
BigCommerce combines the ease-of-use that you get form Shopify, with the ability to handle large numbers of Sku's like a custom Magento site might have.

But unlike a custom site like Magento, you don't need a coder or developer for every little change you want to make to the …
Chose BigCommerce
I chose BigCommerce over Shopify because I felt there were more built-in apps in BigCommerce. Other than that, I felt that both solutions are very similar.
Chose 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!!! The best part about …
Chose BigCommerce
I find the UI to be more appealing and the storefront to be a little less recognizable as a typical Shopify storefront (more generic, etc.)
Chose BigCommerce
We deal in firearms. I tried Shopify first back in 2016 and that was a miserable mistake, very firearm NOT friendly there. Then we went to Volusion the next month and we were quite happy there for 7-1/2 years and several million $ in sales. The issue is Volusion was losing …
Chose BigCommerce
While all of these platforms have their advantages, they couldn't provide the level of international shipping and the multiple shipping options needed by my clients with advanced e-commerce stores. Those two major features were the reason we went with BigCommerce in the first …
Chose BigCommerce
BigCommerce gave me a better looking website. It also integrated with Square, which was a huge factor. They also allowed my business, which includes CBD products, which other platforms did not allow.
Chose BigCommerce
We chose BigCommerce over competitors due to customization and cost. We're able to have the site we're looking for, easily managed within our marketing team without hours of tedious revisions.
Chose BigCommerce
We have stuck with Big Commerce due to the amount of work and build outs we have created with the system. The issues we have come across do not raise too many red flags that we would need to switch programs at this time. If we do it is due to the promotion/ sales restrictions, …
Chose BigCommerce
Every criterion we evaluated against BigCommerce either won outright or held its own. What got us over the line was the incredible personal support at every step of the way from onboarding and implementation through to BAU. I had a support ticket this morning which I resolved …
Chose BigCommerce
I prefer BigCommerce over other eCommerce options. Out of the box, BC offers more than its competitors.
Chose BigCommerce
BigCommerce gave us room to grow. It seemed to offer options further than we would have had [an] interest in going. The list/choices of apps were great. I do not know if the individuals who wrote the 3rd party apps were vetted, it really felt like they were. They know …
Chose BigCommerce
We used BigCommerce for one feature that none of the other systems offer, the ability to add custom keywords to products was exactly what our client required and BigCommerce offers this with no additional work.
Chose BigCommerce
We very much liked BigCommerce because it was the perfect fit or the best of both worlds as far as our business is concerned. It had a really robust shopping cart experience that comes standard and it allows for a Sandbox environment that we can use for future custom build-outs.
Shopify
Chose Shopify
One other product I have used is BigCommerce. They are very similar to Shopify, only my problem with them is there is too much clicking and window opening to operate with. Shopify keeps it simple and doesn't have too much clicking to get from one thing to another. If there is …
Chose Shopify
Magento, BigCommerce, and WooCommerce for WordPress were the main alternatives we considered.
  • Magento - we had a negative experience with the complexity involved in maintaining the site backend and product catalog with a previous client and decided it wasn't suitable for the …
Chose Shopify
We left BigCommerce and immediately were thrilled. BigCommerce worked fine but we saw immediate savings of several thousand dollars per month. The site speeds and page load times were way better and the app store is very comparable. Many of the features are similar between the …
Chose Shopify
Shopify is great for the quick deployment of eCommerce websites and scaling them to test for feasibility. It's very affordable and easy to use. BigCommerce provides more function and customization but it takes coding experience to execute so it may not be best for some teams, …
Chose Shopify
Shopify is the most accessible website management tool to make custom edits to and is the quickest to learn. The file structure is easy to understand, but on Magento, it is very complicated. BigCommerce offers more default options than Shopify, but Shopify has more apps. 3D …
Chose Shopify
I have tried (and currently use and love) BigCommerce. GoDaddy was also decent and very easy to use. Volusion, Ecwid, Weebly, Wix, SquareSpace - all were colossal wastes of time.
Chose Shopify
With Wix and Squarespace, we really like the extended customization options for our store, but they both lacked the "commerce theme." Shopify, like BigCommerce is essentially designed to cater right to ecommerce and thus has more tools and features to support that effort. BigCom…
Chose Shopify
Shopify and BigCommerce are similar to each other in the sense that they have a very similar back end to the website. The ability to upload products is very similar and able to control settings. However, Shopify does seem to be easier to understand and has some added features …
Chose Shopify
They have more analytics, better designs, more apps to create a more robust system to run a business on. Their system is very intuitive, and they are heavily investing in constantly making their platform better. The biggest selling point years ago was the ability to track with …
Chose Shopify
You can build an e-commerce site very quickly and easily. Bulk upload of products is a very convenient feature. There are regular features and roadmap updates on Shopify as compared to others in the market. The quality of customer support is also good. Shopify meets all the …
Chose Shopify
They are all very similar but Shopify had a slightly better look and feel. It also was easier to use for drop shipping from AliExpress.
Chose Shopify
Shopify is hands down the winner. In all categories.
Chose Shopify
Shopify performs a great marketing influence by having ads and different kinds of branding on various social media. Also, their utilities promotion creates a great impact on the people's mind, and after executing action on the platform, in my experience I liked it how …
Chose Shopify
Shopify as a business is one of the fastest-growing e-commerce solutions in the world. And for good reason, because it's core functionality is set up in such a way that you can literally start an online business in a couple of hours. They have a massive suite of applications …
Chose Shopify
We selected Shopify because of the competitor reviews as one of the top 3 eCommerce platforms globally, but Shopify Basic performs poorly for the new and non-tech capable users compared to other top-ranked eCommerce platforms. The reviews and dominating brand exposure of …
Chose Shopify
Shopify is much easier to use and able to grow better with our company. It has fewer glitches which affect productivity, and more features to prevent needing many different programs.
Chose Shopify
We chose Shopify because it was scalable with our business and easy to set up.
Chose Shopify
Shopify, to us, had more of a customization opportunity. We also felt that the plans offered by Shopify were more in gear with what we were looking to do with our company.
Chose Shopify
Choosing Magento Enterprise is a cost-effective way to achieve the goal of a more synergistic brand image online but the ROI is not immediately quantifiable. Magento is not easy to use at all if you’re a beginner. The downside of Magento is you will also have a hosting …
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TrustRadius Insights
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Highlights

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Research Team Insight
Published

Users have found both BigCommerce and Shopify to be ideal for setting up online stores. Both platforms have been leveraged by businesses of varying sizes, ranging from small local operations to large-scale enterprises. Customers have praised the simplicity of both platforms, indicating they have been able to create and manage their online ventures, including dropshipping operations, without extensive technical knowledge or support.

The use of advanced features seems to be a differentiating aspect in user experiences with BigCommerce and Shopify. Some users have indicated that they appreciate the depth of options and scalability that BigCommerce offers, especially for larger businesses seeking to expand their online presence. Conversely, Shopify users boast its ease of use, particularly for those launching smaller-scale online operations or stepping into e-commerce for the first time.

Users have utilized the customizability of each platform to tailor e-commerce solutions to their needs. BigCommerce customers cited its excellent out-of-the-box features and integration options, as well as their ability to handle complex inventory management. Shopify users, on the other hand, have praised its range of aesthetically-pleasing templates, clean interface and the wide variety of apps that can be used to extend the platform’s capabilities

Users have found both BigCommerce and Shopify to be ideal for setting up online stores. Both platforms have been leveraged by businesses of varying sizes, ranging from small local operations to large-scale enterprises. Customers have praised the simplicity of both platforms, indicating they have been able to create and manage their online ventures, including dropshipping operations, without extensive technical knowledge or support.

The use of advanced features seems to be a differentiating aspect in user experiences with BigCommerce and Shopify. Some users have indicated that they appreciate the depth of options and scalability that BigCommerce offers, especially for larger businesses seeking to expand their online presence. Conversely, Shopify users boast its ease of use, particularly for those launching smaller-scale online operations or stepping into e-commerce for the first time.

Users have utilized the customizability of each platform to tailor e-commerce solutions to their needs. BigCommerce customers cited its excellent out-of-the-box features and integration options, as well as their ability to handle complex inventory management. Shopify users, on the other hand, have praised its range of aesthetically pleasing templates, clean interface, and a wide variety of apps that can be used to extend the platform’s capabilities.

Features
BigCommerceShopify
Online Storefront
Comparison of Online Storefront features of Product A and Product B
BigCommerce
7.3
417 Ratings
5% below category average
Shopify
7.4
131 Ratings
4% below category average
Product catalog & listings7.8413 Ratings8.6131 Ratings
Product management6.9410 Ratings7.3129 Ratings
Bulk product upload7.4310 Ratings7.6110 Ratings
Branding7.0361 Ratings8.4130 Ratings
Mobile storefront7.3401 Ratings7.4126 Ratings
Product variations7.3387 Ratings6.3123 Ratings
Website integration7.6341 Ratings9.2124 Ratings
Visual customization7.4403 Ratings7.5129 Ratings
CMS7.0296 Ratings4.4105 Ratings
Online Shopping Cart
Comparison of Online Shopping Cart features of Product A and Product B
BigCommerce
7.4
403 Ratings
2% below category average
Shopify
8.1
125 Ratings
7% above category average
Abandoned cart recovery7.5361 Ratings7.6116 Ratings
Checkout user experience7.4398 Ratings8.5123 Ratings
Online Payment System
Comparison of Online Payment System features of Product A and Product B
BigCommerce
7.7
399 Ratings
8% below category average
Shopify
9.0
127 Ratings
8% above category average
eCommerce security7.7399 Ratings9.0127 Ratings
eCommerce Marketing
Comparison of eCommerce Marketing features of Product A and Product B
BigCommerce
7.1
404 Ratings
5% below category average
Shopify
8.0
129 Ratings
7% above category average
Promotions & discounts7.2380 Ratings7.2124 Ratings
Personalized recommendations6.8316 Ratings8.432 Ratings
SEO7.3375 Ratings8.5120 Ratings
eCommerce Business Management
Comparison of eCommerce Business Management features of Product A and Product B
BigCommerce
7.2
409 Ratings
8% below category average
Shopify
8.0
130 Ratings
2% above category average
Multi-site management7.5185 Ratings6.719 Ratings
Order processing7.1388 Ratings9.1128 Ratings
Inventory management7.1344 Ratings8.8127 Ratings
Shipping6.9349 Ratings8.2120 Ratings
Custom functionality7.4344 Ratings7.2120 Ratings
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Shopify Plus
Shopify Plus
Score 8.9 out of 10
Shopify Plus
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Score 8.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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IBM Digital Commerce
Score 9.0 out of 10
IBM Digital Commerce
IBM Digital Commerce
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM Digital Commerce
IBM Digital Commerce
Score 9.0 out of 10
IBM Digital Commerce
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User Ratings
BigCommerceShopify
Likelihood to Recommend
7.2
(436 ratings)
9.0
(144 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(53 ratings)
9.2
(15 ratings)
Usability
8.9
(26 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(5 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(25 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(13 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
9.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.7
(342 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BigCommerceShopify
Likelihood to Recommend
BigCommerce
The ONLY reason we left Volusion was fear that Volusion was going to go out of business and our website/data would all be lost. I feel BigCommerce is lightyears behind Volusion in website/inventory control. In our experience, BigCommerce customer service severely lacks knowledge, at least compared to what we had in our 7-1/2 years with Volusion. There were times Volusion even helped us with stuff BigCommerce could not understand. I just feel sick about moving and that should not be the case. In my opinion, I downgraded heavily for the feeling BigCommerce would not be going out of business. I just feel sick.
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Shopify
Shopify is a great platform for small to medium-sized businesses looking to set up an online store. It's easy to use, offers a wide range of features and integrations, and is perfect for businesses in the retail and food industry. However, large enterprise businesses with complex and custom needs may find Shopify less suitable.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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Likelihood to Renew
BigCommerce
I personally would not even consider another e-commerce website platform.
Bigcommerce may have the same (or close to the same) functionality and integrations as other SaaS platforms but they excel at customer service and tech support. At the end of the day you need a company that will answer the phone in less than a minute especially if you're having a 5 alarm issue. That said, we hardly ever have any issues. The site was down for a few minutes one time 5 years ago. Sometimes we have issues with coding or apps and they help me with that too. They even walked me through installing our new theme when the contracted developers told me that wasn't included in the development of our new website.
Bigcommerce comes out with new innovations every year, not including apps that other people write for the platform, and there are a lot of those and new ones all the time. And there are a LOT of awesome themes to choose from (Halothemes are the best).
And the price is reasonable!
I'd give Bigcommerce my business any time and recommend them to anyone looking to run an e-commerce website. You could even use them for a non-shopping site, we have one of those too!
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Shopify
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!
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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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Shopify
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
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Reliability and Availability
BigCommerce
So far in my time with BigCommerce I have not had any down time when it comes to my webstore or accessing it at any time I need to. Knowing that they have such a good uptime, it makes me feel comfortable that my customers can access things anytime, but also keep sales going 24/7
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Shopify
No answers on this topic
Performance
BigCommerce
I have not had any issues with pages loading slow or any real other issues, not that I have encountered so far. Speed of the site and images loading are fantastic and everything just seems to work nicely, which may seem like a simple thing to say about things, but when something just WORKS! Its rather nice vs fighting with things to work right.
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Shopify
No answers on this topic
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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Shopify
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
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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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Shopify
No answers on this topic
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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Shopify
Just start now and make the switch, the sooner the better. You will love it and it is really a simple process
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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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Shopify
The old platform that I used could not help us to meet our requirements. It was not helping us properly, then I got to know about Shopify and started using it. After 1 month [of] usage of Shopify we could understand that this is the best platform [for E-commerce] to make better sales and goodwill. Shopify helped us to get a proper idea of the analytics of the website. Shopify [supports] most of the [applications] and helps us to make better results.
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Scalability
BigCommerce
I believe after seeing all of the parts of this platform, one is able to develop the business and keep adding on select features for the business. There are multiple options for purchase with the various platforms once the business grows more. The different features being offered by the platform can lead us to scalability.
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Shopify
No answers on this topic
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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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.
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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.