BigCommerce vs Shopify Plus


We are going to break down the major difference between BigCommerce and Shopify Plus in this blog. The best analogy I’ve found to compare the two is BigCommerce is Android and Shopify is Apple. The discussion of Apple vs Android has been ongoing for years but understand I’m not talking about the physical phones themselves. I’m talking about the software or each and the choices they give you.

Shopify like Apple tends to keep you within their ecosystem and gives you limited choices when it comes to deciding your payment processor, shipping software, and the apps that are available. Shopify tries to provide all of these options to you with their own solution which if you are looking for an ecommerce platform that limits choices and keeps it simple then Shopify will work for you.

BigCommerce on the other hand is like Android as they give you an open API to connect any other software with your store, they give everyone the opportunity to create their own app for the BigCommerce Marketplace and they just give you the store owner options.

This is one of the many factors to take into consideration when making your decision between BigCommerce and Shopify. Let’s take a look at some other comparisons below.

Features BigCommerce Shopify Plus


UNLIMITED PRODUCTS




UP TO 600 PRODUCT VARIANT SKUS



REQUIRES 3RD PARTY APP


MULTIPLE OPTION DISPLAY TYPES



REQUIRES 3RD PARTY APP


CUSTOM FIELDS



REQUIRES 3RD PARTY APP


SUPPORT FOR MANUALLY SPECIFIED
PRICES IN DIFFERENT CURRENCIES



PRICE LIST



LIMITED TO WHOLESALE CHANNEL *


QUANTITY BASED PRICE BREAKS



LIMITED TO WHOLESALE CHANNEL *


WISH LISTS



REQUIRES 3RD PARTY APP


COUPON CODES




INTEGRATION W/ BLOOMREACH


 


INTEGRATION W/ WORDPRESS


 


INTEGRATION W/ DRUPAL


 


INTEGRATION W/ SITECORE


 


SUPPORT FOR PROGRESS WEB APPS
(PWAS)



✓*


*Subject to rigid API call per second limits.

*Shopify Plus did have an integration with WordPress that was discontinued in 2017. Shopify Plus has instead moved attention to their Buy Button which is an open-source library that allows you to embed products with snippets of HTML and JavaScript. Because Shopify Plus uses iFrames for the embeds this limits layout customizations.

Features BigCommerce Shopify Plus


HOSTING INCLUDED




24/7 SUPPORT INCLUDED




PROPRIETARY PAYMENT PROCESSOR


 



POINT OF SALE


MULTIPLE THIRD-PARTY OPTIONS


SHOPIFY POS INCLUDE NATIVELY


TRANSACTION FEES



✓*


*
Shopify Plus merchants have a 0.15% transaction fee for not using Shopify Payments.

Disclaimer: Features were verified as of March 12, 2020


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