Creating an online store whilst is an exciting adventure, not all aspects of the set up can be as exhilarating. For instance, choosing a competent Shopping Cart Software product, can be just an important as choosing what to sell, sourcing the product and not to forget choosing an eCommerce Development Sydney team.
And this blog aims to offer a comprehensive comparison between two heavy weights that command attention; BigConmerce and Woocommerce. Know more about WordPress WordPress Developers Sydney.
So what is it?
Well, BigCommerce is a self hosted all in one e-commerce platform launched in 2009 and the only online store that actually integrates directly with Google’s Merchant Centre. WooCommerce is open source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. Both options cater well to all segments of the market; from fast growing brands to small to large-sized online merchants.
BigCommerce offers 4 different plans to suit different budgets in the market and the features available vary with these too. All plans though do include standard features like unlimited product listing as well as storage and bandwidth, ability to employ multiple sales channel and accept PayPal as well as credit cards, coupled with zero transaction charges and 24/7 customer support. The more advanced plans do offer additional features which again depend on your individual need and budgets. With their very basic plan starting at $29.95, this could be a pricey option especially if compared with WooCommerce which really is a free plugin available to install on your existing WordPress website. And again, whether or not your total costs for using WooCommerce equate to that of BigCommerce per month will depend largely on a number of factors e.g.: whether you use paid or free themes and extra plugins you need and install. Whilst BigCommerce does offer dedicated hosting which means one less thing to worry about, from a cost perspective, with WooCommerce you can get cheap(er) hosting depending on how much you can shop around.
Themes and Design Options
BigCommerce offers about 91 free and paid themes optimized for mobile devices and nicely categorised into different niches and the costs of these vary up to $235 whereas with WooCommerce, there is a bigger library of both paid and free themes available to choose from. With WooCommerce however you would need to rely on the skills of a developer or be skilled in basic coding to enjoy high degree of customisation and modification of codes in the themes to suit your requirements. Both platform do offer the flexibility of customisation with changes to colour scheme, fonts, adding logos, etc. with WooCommerce being an open source platform so offering that extra edge when it comes to having the flexibility of integrating any number of plugins and applications as you desire.
Flexibility and integration
WooCommerce also does offer the option to integrate with just about any service provider and more so than BigCommerce that offers a carefully curated selection of top third-party apps and integrations and fewer apps than competitors.
Both platforms are extremely SEO friendly with WooCommerce offering the ability to customise title, Meta, and content to optimize it for search engine rankings. BigCommerce offers advanced SEO features too including their own content delivery network to optimize page loading times, use product specific keywords and modify product name, description and images.
Customer Service and Support
BigCommerce offers a dedicated support portal complete with tutorials, and how-to videos, a dedicated consultant and 24/7 chat, email, and phone support whereas the only downside (depending on which way you perceive it) with WooCommerce is the lack of official support which is more than made up for by their extremely large community of responsive users and forums with active participants willing to help!
All things considered, both platforms do pack a punch with powerful features, heaps of flexibility and multiple options. How valuable each of these options and features are for you depends on your overall business goals and which platform has the capability to support those. So choose wisely, Exchanges and returns can be costly!