Big Business vs Shopify: Who should you use to Create Your Online Store?

If you wish to create an online store that will allow you to sell a variety of products to a wide range of customers, then you’ve probably come across both BigCommerce and Shopify. These two e-commerce platforms have their individual merits, and the pair of them are used by both individual sellers and large companies alike across the globe. Which of these e-commerce giants will work best for you and your online selling requirements, though? Read on to find an analysis of the differences between BigCommerce and Shopify.


BigCommerce is most noted for the bespoke services that it offers, which is critical for your e-commerce success. By turning to this e-commerce platform, your site will be fully customisable, your shipping will be easy to manage, and your payment process will be tailored around the products that you sell and the prices that you set. What’s more, thanks to the drag-and-drop options that are made available in its store designer, you will be able to integrate external applications with ease. In the particular instance of integration, as it is an Amazon Integration and Inventory Management solution, you will also be able to list your products on the world’s leading online marketplace, Amazon. It offers integration with Facebook Marketplace and eBay, too.


Probably the more famous of the two, Shopify, too, has its merits. By using this platform to set up your online store, you will have a number of themes to choose from in your bid to make your site unique, and you will be able to tap into over 20 different sales channels to sell both wholesale and retail products. You will also be able to make use of its patented e-commerce automation tools, particularly its customisable check out tools, which are designed specifically to help you reach and satisfy your target customer with diligence.

BigCommerce vs. Shopify

It can be difficult to truly compare BigCommerce vs Shopify, especially because the services that they offer are so similarly priced. Perhaps, then, it may be wise to examine the individual growth of these e-commerce platforms and to study how many stores they both host worldwide. In that sense, there really is only one winner: Shopify. This platform hosts upwards of 600,000 online stores worldwide, whereas BigCommerce only hosts 100,000. The latter figure is still not one to be scoffed at, but when you take into account the fact that Shopify has six times the amount of happy customers, there really can be no denying which of the two has grown at a faster pace. What is the reason for this growth on Shopify’s part? For the most part, that will be the scalability that it offers. Shopify customers, especially those that use its Plus service, see an average store growth of 126% per year.

Whether you choose BigCommerce or whether you opt for Shopify, you can be sure that your online store’s various webpages will be quick to load and that you will be able to integrate with third-party systems. If you want proven scalability, however, then Shopify should be the platform that you turn to.



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