BigCommerce has a strong e-commerce product. However, as the company appears to become more enterprise focused, the people who are just looking to run a simple, easy, online store by themselves, might feel somewhat left out. And obviously in addition to that there might also be other reasons to start wondering if BigCommerce is the right choice for you. No matter what your reason is for looking for BigCommerce alternatives, it is good to note that BigCommerce indeed has some strong competitors. In this article we introduce some of these and list their most important strengths, especially in comparison to BigCommerce.
Shopify – The biggest competitor of Bigcommerce
Shopify is the leading e-commerce platform. It has managed to become incredibly successful by making sure that its offering is attractive to both small and big stores alike. Based on my personal experience there are few things that make Shopify especially good choice for those running an online store: It is very easy to use, they have extremely good customer service, the platform is safe, stores built with Shopify tend to look like serious online businesses and it has solid pricing.
The pricing at Shopify works so that the cheapest (full) e-commerce plan is $29/month when paid monthly. That $29/month is already at itself bit cheaper than the cheapest plan of ‘BigCommerce Essentials’, but what makes it even better, is that it is actually possible to get a 10% or 20% discount on it, if you pay for a year or two years in advance. BigCommerce on the other hand seems to limit its discounts so that the 10% discount for an annual subscription is not available for the cheapest plan (called at BigCommerce ‘standard’). Shopify, like BigCommerce, offers new customers a 14-day free trial. Go to Shopify.
Wix – Very easy to use e-commerce platform
Using BigCommerce or Shopify can feel bit intimidating. That is because both of their store builders can especially initially look and feel like they were designed for those who are already very familiar with the technology behind building and running an online store. Luckily though, there are also e-commerce solutions that seems to have been designed to be as easy to approach and use as possible. Out of those options, Wix might currently be the best one.
With Wix pretty much anyone can build an online store in less than 30 minutes after signing up for the service. And best of all, the ease of use doesn’t mean that Wix stores would look amateurish, quite the opposite really: stores built with Wix can look really good. With their cheapest e-commerce plan starting at $23/month, Wix is also slightly cheaper than BigCommerce. Try Wix now and see if it is the right fit for you.
Zyro – Cheap, good and simple
One possible reason to be interested in finding an alternative to BigCommerce is the fact that BigCommerce is not the world’s cheapest ecommerce platform. That can be an issue especially if you are, for example, just looking to do ecommerce as a side business. And especially if that is the situation for you, it might be a good idea to see if you like Zyro. That is because Zyro offers an excellent combination of being cheap (starts from less than $10/month), being easy to use and making it possible to build a beautiful ecommerce store. Go to Zyro.
Squarespace – Great for building beautiful stores, but limited in terms of the customization
Squarespace can be recommended especially strongly to those who are looking to have a beautiful store with a limited number of products. Specifically, one could imagine, that when Squarespace is compared to BigCommerce, Squarespace might be a better platform, for example, for those looking to sell expensive fashion items. However, while Squarespace makes it easy to build nice looking stores, it has some drawbacks.
The biggest of the drawbacks being that the platform is quite limited in how much you can modify your store. So, if you are someone who likes to tinker and can get annoyed by small things, Shopify might be the better choice for you: In addition to being also otherwise a great e-commerce platform, it also makes it very easy to do customizations. Squarespace is bit more expensive than both BigCommerce and Shopify: The cheapest e-commerce plan at Squarespace (called ‘Basic’) starts at $30/month, when paid in monthly basis and if you pay for a full year in advance, the monthly price starts at $26/month.
3DCart – Looking to just run a small store? Consider 3Dcart
Although a significant percentage of those launching their e-commerce business are at least dreaming of growing it one day to be the next big thing, some might already from the beginning decide that they will be happy to have just a small online store. This could be, for example, because the store is just intended to be a side-business on top of their regular job.
If you are one of those people who is just looking to run a small store, you might want to consider 3Dcart as an alternative to BigCommerce. That is because 3dcart’s ecommerce solution is decently good and cheap, but its plans have a limit on how much revenue you can generate before you need to upgrade to a more expensive plan. As an example, with their cheapest plan (costs usually $19/month) you can generate at most $50,000 in revenue in a 12-month period before you need to switch to a $29/month-plan (for which the yearly limit is $100,000 in revenue and so on).
The drawback of 3Dcart, even for the owners of small stores, is that while their ecommerce solution is quite good, it is not as sophisticated as an e-commerce platform as Wix or especially Shopify. And when you are weighing the alternatives of BigCommerce, it is good to keep that in mind. And thus all in all, I would say that, not only is Shopify the biggest competitor of BigCommerce, but it is also for most people the best alternative to BigCommerce. Open a Shopify account.