We initially transitioned from Lightspeed eCom over to Bigcommerce because their platform offered greater scalability and entry-level features than what Lightspeed offered. Because we use Lightspeed POS, however, integrating product data between the systems was a challenge and a lengthy process. It also takes some effort to maintain the connection (via a third-party service using their API).
Bigcommerce offers some of the most inclusive features in their entry-level product options, making them excellent for small businesses. Their level of customer support and transparency about service issues and new features in development are excellent and perhaps one of the main reasons why we've kept using Bigcommerce instead of switching to a platform that meets other essential features that we are still awaiting from Bigcommerce. The availability of third-party apps (including shipping and logistics integrations) has been great to work with so far.
Storefront development is currently very lackluster and it can be difficult to get a truly customized website without hiring a developer or investing in web development skills of your own. This is also true of their e-mail features. If you don't have more than a basic understanding of HTML, it will be next to impossible to customize their system e-mails without a third-party solution. Also, while their entry-level features are among the most plentiful in the industry, a few features (such as Google Reviews integrations and Abandoned Cart Recovery) are reserved only for higher-tier plans, which doesn't make sense from a financial standpoint as their costs to support these features should be minimal.
Likelihood to recommend: 9/10
BigCommerce has been absolutely phenomenal. We're glad to be based in Austin, Texas alongside some of the BigCommerce team. Their support staff has been instrumental in our ability to adjust when a problem arises, and find a long term solution to ensure our ongoing success.
BigCommerce has developed a simplistic software that's allowing small and mid size companies to maneuver at scale. We've been able to learn and adapt new strategies as their team continues to open new capabilities to developers and as they push development in their app market. Fast and reliable apps will be key to building and maintaining the next evolution of ecommerce businesses and having that infrastructure in place will be pivotal in the years to come.
When we teamed up with BigCommerce, they were a newer competitor in the market. Some similar companies were able to offer functionalities that were limiting to our initial growth through ecommerce. Being a brick and mortar based business since 1978, we had a multitude of functionalities needed to keep up with our physical locations. Although they couldn't offer these features out of the gate, they were quick to get them implemented and worked closely with us to resolve our issues.
Likelihood to recommend: 10/10
This platform helps in starting a new business for starters. The user interface is user friendly in which the products can be built easily with great security. The support in this Application is very helpful in expanding the products over the globe.
The feature available in this application helps to learn about the current market and help us to build the dedicated products. The marketing of our products online through different applications like Instagram helps in a major Part. The user interface and Mobile user friendly is very helpful. The detailed marketing helps in developing the business overall the globe.
The themes while building the platform is quite expensive and editing feature can be added which helps in major role. The interface can be improved.
Likelihood to recommend: 9/10
It does the basics well, but there are plenty of e-commerce platforms out there that outperform BigCommerce. In my experience Shopify is better than BigCommerce is every way. I even prefer WordPress with WooCommerce to this.
BigCommerce does make it easy to list and sell products online. The product manager is pretty comprehensive, and most of the pages are made for you - including the home page. It includes several SEO features out of the box, which encourages users to make higher quality listings that will sell easier. There are many custom themes for Bigcommerce, and most of them look great. The interface has gotten a much needed facelift in the past few years.
Likelihood to recommend: 2/10
We have been using BigCommerce for quite some time now. No so thrill about it nor are we dissatisfied with the platform. For what we need, it does the job. But we would not make it our go-to platform if we need specific function or customization. It seems there's almost little to no guide out there if we want to customize. We have to seek a developer who knows how to customize BigCommerce and even then, they charge quite a bit for what we needed. Would recommend for people who want a basic ecommerce site. But if you want to have customization, Big Commerce is not the way to go.
It is quick to set up. Easy for a non-technical person to manage when starting out with little to no experience in ecommerce. Has everything you would expect from an e-commerce platform. Great layout for product and checkout page.
Customization is very limited. Even when you try to get some tech support from their team. They tell you they're not developer and would suggest some options with using their partners services. There's very little help if you want to customize basic attributes. The platform setup is quite limited if you want to change specific part of the layout.
Likelihood to recommend: 7/10
Starting at $29.95 with far more built in features than any other platform. Bigcommerce plans are built for growth, giving businesses of every size access to the features they need to optimize their store and increase brand exposure.
Enterprise: Contact BigCommerce for pricing information.
Ecommerce now represents more than 7% of all retail sales, exceeding $3.5 trillion within the next five years. Bigcommerce offers a way for both individuals and businesses to increase their share of that pie. The all-in-one platform is redefining enterprise eCommerce. Bigcommerce powers eCommerce websites for brands around the world, including big names like Toyota, Cetaphil, and Martha Stewart.
Bigcommerce offers a way for businesses to sell their products online, with customizable templates and advanced features designed to increase web traffic and conversions. Pre-integrated payment options ensure that shoppers always have a way to pay for the products they buy, whether they’re shopping on desktop or mobile devices. Built-in SEO and conversion tools are available for growing businesses. High-volume retailers can take advantage of Bigcommerce’s reliable platform to grow revenue and optimize operations.
Merchants want to sell more products online, and Bigcommerce gives them a way to do just that. The web-based eCommerce platform provides solutions for small, fast-growing businesses, as well as global brands and Fortune 500 companies. Key features like single-page checkouts, abandoned cart savers, and “buy” buttons for social media empower merchants to grow their businesses in a way that makes financial sense. Bigcommerce also boasts advanced capabilities such as couponing and discounting, faceted search, automatic shipping calculation, fraud prevention, and reporting.
Storefronts are designed with responsive themes, using popular code languages and frameworks for higher-than-average uptime. Bigcommerce handles the management of its clients’ servers, with a multi-layered approach to online security that involves perimeter and server-specific firewalls, file integrity scanners, intrusion detection software, and 24/7 human monitoring.
In addition to providing merchants with a way to sell physical goods on the Internet, Bigcommerce also offers a number of marketing tools and strategy guides. Bigcommerce is designed to meet the needs of merchants who don’t have extensive web design backgrounds, however it also gives advanced users the ability to adjust HTML and CSS on their own.
Merchants who use Bigcommerce have access to an expansive collection of themes, which have all been designed to meet the needs of businesses in a number of industries or verticals. The company’s intuitive design platform offers a straightforward way to build the types of stores that engage and convert shoppers on a mass scale.
Customize whichever theme you select, even if you have no coding experience whatsoever. Bigcommerce lets you add a company logo and branding elements. You can also promote featured or top selling products at the top of your site. Shoppers will be funneled to a single-page checkout. You’ll benefit from its advanced SEO, which gives you control over your URLs and metadata.
Most online merchants can’t afford to hire in-house SEO experts. With that limitation in mind, Bigcommerce has decided to handle SEO for its users. The company provides merchants with tools designed to automatically optimize every page to maximize rankings on all the most important search engines.
Bigcommerce automatically generates optimized product page URLs and titles based on product names, however you still have the option to customize those URLs if you wish. You can also customize your site’s title, header tags, meta descriptions, keywords, and alt tags. A number of advanced features, like product reviews, rich snippets, and a built-in blogging platform, are designed to improve reach via organic search, as well.
Bigcommerce’s abandoned cart saver gives merchants an easy way to recover lost sales. Customizable controls allow merchants to decide for themselves when their abandoned cart emails go out and what they say. Coupons can also be used to increase conversions.
Design your store’s abandoned cart emails, taking the time to customize the subject lines and email language that your visitors will receive. You can actually set up a series of emails with increasingly powerful recovery tools (like coupon or discount codes), which Bigcommerce will send to shoppers who’ve left your site.
Pre-integrated payment options ensure that shoppers always have a way to pay. Big commerce’s one-click setup lets merchants immediately start accepting major credit cards and PayPal payments. Bigcommerce can even help merchants accept payments from international buyers using multiple currencies.
Bigcommerce has negotiated lower rates for credit and debit card processing with PayPal, which they pass along to merchants. As a merchant, you have the option to choose from a number of pre-integrated payment options, including Authorize.net, Heartland, and 2Checkout (hosted). In addition to accepting orders through your website, you can also take phone and mail orders right away.
Bigcommerce encourages merchants to integrate their stores with leading third-party applications for marketing, inventory management, shipping, and accounting services. The company offers an extensive app marketplace, where users can browse all apps and integrations, along with themes, partner services, and offers.
Free 15-day trials are available for new users. After that time, users can choose from one of four plans, which range in price from $29.95 per month to $199.95 per month. Custom order-based pricing is available through the Enterprise plan, as well.