We work on both the platforms on daily basis. Here is platform recommendation based on our experience and knowledge.

Shopify

Shopify has the edge over the Bigcommerce in certain areas, and it is growing rapidly, It would not be exaggerating to say that they are the leader in SaaS (cloud-based) eCommerce solution.

Best points of Shopify platform
  • Shopify has the best admin dashboard experience. The interface is quite easy and simple to use and work on.
  • Adding products, managing inventory, order management, everything is quite easy and the interface is super fast.
  • Its super easy to backup the store design! In a single click. Moreover, you can experiment all sort of design changes in unpublished theme without touching a live website.
  • Code: Shopify is based on liquid file templates, it is easy to access & edit all files.
  • Support: Excellent support, live chat support available 24×7 and there is a resourceful forum.
  • 3rd Party applications: There are many 3rd party applications available.
Not so good points of Shopify
  • Transaction charges: If you do not opt for Shopify powered payment gateway then get ready for the per transaction charges, this is the major drawback of Shopify, but since the Shopify powered payment option is actually Stripe, one of the leading payment gateways right now, so you may not mind opting for it. Stripe is easy and the best.
  • Staff accounts: In each of the payment plans there is a limit when it comes to the number of staff accounts. Where Bigcommerce is providing the unlimited option.
    Pricing rules for options and variations are not as easy as Bigcommerce, in certain cases, you may need to opt for a paid application.

Bigcommerce

Definitely, Bigcommerce is the second-best option in the market right now, if you do not want to go with Shopify than Bigcommerce is the second best choice.

Good points of Bigcommerce platform
  • No transaction fees, you are free to opt for payment gateway of your choice.
  • No limit when it comes to the number of staff member accounts.
  • Easy to set wholesale pricing option. Bulk discount. Product discount for buy one gets one free. Pricing rules for options and variations.
  • Real-time shipping cost like FedEx, USPS is available in a basic plan wherein Shopify it’s available either in advance Shopify plan or you have to opt for $79 annual plan.
Shopify leads

There are many areas where Shopify has the lead over Bigcommerce.

  • The dashboard interface design, ease of use and the speed.
  • Bigcommerce just opted for Stencil framework, it can be very much challenging to edit the code as one needs to first work in a local system and then upload the changes to live website.
  • Shopify application marketplace is rich with the number of applications.

Bigcommerce has extra built-in features compare to Shopify, but for sure Shopify has an unmatched interface and it’s super easy to use. We recommend Shopify, still, it quite depends on kinds of features one is looking forward to especially in case of product options etc.