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BigCommerce vs Shopify Plus: 3 Key Differences You Should Know

Both ecommerce solutions BigCommerce and Shopify Plus have their pros and cons! If you are comparing these two ecommerce platforms, here are 3 key differences you should know!

The ultimate debate of ecommerce solution Shopify vs BigCommerce is a confusing one, especially if you are a beginner and you are just starting out building your own ecommerce store.

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Both ecommerce platforms have their pros and cons and there is no clear winner or loser. We understand that choosing the better platform is important to you and you surely don’t want to spend time creating an online store and realizing that you may have to switch to another ecommerce site builder.

In order to help you out and make the decision-making process easier for you, we have analyzed and identified some important differences you should know.

Here are 3 important considerations to take into consideration when you evaluate BigCommerce vs Shopify Plus:

1. Themes or Designs: Ecommerce solution Shopify can provide you with amazing themes. They look professional, simple, and yet catchy. Shopify uses professional designers to create these themes and make sure the designs are always modern and fresh. The only disadvantage is while some themes are free of charge, others are premium. If you like to use a premium theme, the price per theme range from $100 to $180.

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We know that this may sound pricey, however, you should keep in mind that it is a 1-time investment and we can assure you it is a worthy investment if you want to make your store look professional and modern. BigCommerce also offers great themes. But if you go to their site, you won’t be able to find these themes. Apparently, the themes are not available unless you give them your email and sign up for their free 15-day trial. If you do that, you will discover that their themes are pretty much outdated. They are functional but not as modern as Shopify’s themes.

2. Ecommerce Tools: Having a great set of ecommerce features and tools, such as the ability to set prices, manage inventory, configure shipping details, showcase products, track orders, and etc. is essential for running a successful online store. Ecommerce solution Shopify can provide you with all the basic features and tools to create and operate a store. In their App Store, you can find some more advanced tools and these tools can help you take your business to the next level.

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One great feature from Shopify is the Shopify Payment feature (Shopify provides you with a payment gateway so you can manage your money directly from the dashboard). BigCommerce offers you the most comprehensive set of features and tools. They have a lot of great advanced tools which are available to you “out of the box” and the best part is that they are included in the monthly fee. We can say that you will receive more value out of BigCommerce as they offer more advanced tools.


3. Experts: Ecommerce solution Shopify has over 750 professional, experienced, and qualified experts at your disposal. The thing we like about this platform is they list out the experts that are locally closest to you which is an extra convenience. Also, you can choose an expert to set up the online store from scratch. This is a very helpful feature if you don’t want to mess around and you prefer to set up the store and start selling. When it comes to experts, BigCommerce has fewer qualified experts for you to choose from.

There are so many things to consider so we hope this article is helpful in determining some of the essential factors to evaluate.

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