Why we recommend BigCommerce:
BigCommerce is a reliable hosted platform
You’ve probably heard the terms “open-source platform” and “hosted platform” in reference to various content management systems. The difference between these two types of platforms is huge. When you use an open-source platform, you’re responsible for maintaining a hosting account, installing the software, performing backups and updates, installing patches, maintaining security, fixing all problems, managing PCI compliance, and more. A hosted platform handles all of the above for you.
Although a hosted platform costs more per month than a basic web hosting account, the amount of money required to maintain an eCommerce website on an open-source platform exceeds the cost of a hosted platform.
BigCommerce provides more payment gateways
Not all of your customers want to pay with their credit card or PayPal. Providing as many payment options as possible ensures you won’t lose customers who rely on some of the less popular payment methods. Some international customers are stuck using certain payment gateways and don’t have other options.
While other platforms like Magento offer up to 14 payment options, BigCommerce allows payments through more than 60 different gateways.
There is a BigCommerce WordPress plugin
If you’ve already built your eCommerce website on WordPress, you don’t need to recreate your site from scratch. All you need is the BigCommerce WordPress plugin. This plugin blends full eCommerce functionality into your existing site’s design to give users a seamless shopping experience.
You also get a single control panel to manage all your orders from multiple WordPress websites.
The WordPress plugin is easy to customize and if you’re not a developer, you can hire out the task.
BigCommerce has flexible APIs
Many hosted eCommerce platforms close off portions of their code, which limits customization options. However, flexible BigCommerce APIs make detailed customization easy.
BigCommerce stores are easy to customize in design and function
Your BigCommerce storefront can be customized in several different ways. You can customize the design templates by editing the HTML or CSS, you can install apps and integrations, and if you’re using the WordPress plugin, there are over 100 hooks available.
Here are just some of the available add-ons:
- Blog Sync. This integration will syndicate content from other blogging platforms right to your BigCommerce blog.
- InStockNotify. When an item is out of stock, customers can enter their email address to be notified when the item is back in stock.
- LeadDyno. This is a referral rewards system for BigCommerce. Your customers can sign up and get rewards for promoting your products.
You can also get integrations for eBay, Amazon, Quickbooks, Infusionsoft, Walmart, Hubspot, Freshbooks, Zapier, and more.
Plans exist to meet small business needs and budgets
If you’re a small business and don’t need many resources, BigCommerce has a plan to fit your budget. As your business grows, you can change plans to have access to more resources.
Our eCommerce Design Agency provides complete SEO control
Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the most important and ongoing tasks for running an eCommerce website. You need to stay on top of your SEO game to make sure you come up in searches. Many eCommerce platforms don’t give you full control over the elements necessary for optimization. BigCommerce does.
With BigCommerce, you have full control over your URLs, metadata, sitemaps, and alt tags. These are basic elements, but being able to customize these elements is crucial to your store’s success.
Migration is fairly easy
If you built your eCommerce website on another platform and realized you made a mistake, it’s fairly easy to migrate your site to BigCommerce. For instance, there are official apps to migrate from Magento, Magento 2, Shopify, Volusion, WooCommerce, and Yahoo Stores.
Built-in abandoned cart options
Statistics show that 28.3% of all eCommerce revenue comes from abandoned cart emails. With BigCommerce, you don’t need a third-party plugin to send reminders to customers asking if they’ve forgotten to check out. This feature is built into the platform.
The backend is easy for non-techies to use
Unlike Joomla and similar platforms, the backend of BigCommerce is easy for anyone to use. You don’t need to be a techie to figure out how to list items for sale, check on your orders, or run your business.
Are you ready to build your storefront? We’re here to help.
If you’re ready to build your storefront, our full-service eCommerce design agency is here to help. We can design and develop your online store and provide marketing services to boost your success.
Our services include design and development, content writing, and data entry. If you’ve got thousands of products, we’ll enter all of the details for you including prices, shipping details, descriptions, and photos.
Once your site is developed, we’ll test and re-test your store to make sure everything works as it should. We’ll make sure the design is mobile-friendly, user-friendly, and the shopping cart is fully functional.
When your site goes live, we’ll help establish your brand online through social media, content marketing, SEO, and a sprinkle of We Push Buttons magic. We’ll even go the extra mile to fine-tune your website to improve user engagement, fix inventory issues, and make sure your content is getting indexed in Google.