Whether you are looking for an aesthetic overhaul or are simply in need of flexibility when it comes to managing your eCommerce store. BigCommerce provides a world-class eCommerce experience and solution for brands looking to transform the way they engage their customers online.

Since 2016, we have seen an increase in companies that have inquired about BigCommerce as their next eCommerce platform. Citing advantages such as: design flexibility, lower total cost of ownership, scalability, and a leading design and solutions partner program that allows their customers to sell globally with agility and speed.

Before you make your decision on your next eCommerce platform, here are 5 key questions and answers you should be aware of when considering BigCommerce.

Does BigCommerce have themes that I can easily install?

For many, themes have become an easy way to give your BigCommerce store front instant curb appeal. Whether you are selling products for Animals and Pets or Fashion and Jewelry, BigCommerce provides its customer an array of mobile optimized and visually stunning themes via its Theme Store. With that said, themes available via the Theme Store have easy, point-and-click installation, making theme extremely easy to integrate and simple to use.

If you are worried that the BigCommerce Theme Store does not have what you are looking for, do not worry, there are hundreds of other world class themes from some of the world’s best developers available via Themeforest. Unlike themes found on the BigCommerce Theme Store, themes purchased through Themeforest do require you to download and install the theme via your Storefront Content panel in your BigCommerce admin. Do not worry, it is easy, just download your theme files, upload them, make them active, and you are in business!

How hard is it to make edits to a BigCommerce site?

We have built a lot of sites since the early 2000s, from large enterprise sites to smaller mom-and-pop shops, so when we say using BigCommerce is easy, it really is! The great thing about BigCommerce is how easy it is to manage your eCommerce storefront. Whether you are managing a small catalog or you have thousands of SKUs, BigCommerce is one of the few eCommerce platforms that can do both. With its easy to use, fully-featured CMS, BigCommerce allows its customers to easily manage their SKUs, upload images, create custom fields, add pages, with absolutely NO ADDITIONAL software. Seriously, it is the best.

How quickly can I start to make money on BigCommerce?

Instantly! For business owners, it all comes down to profitability, and how quickly can you see a return on your investment. With a ready-to-go CMS that has the world’s leading payment gateways and fulfillment options, you can be up and running in no time.

In the last month, we have launched several BigCommerce stores and have seen sales within minutes of launching. Also, with tools that connect your BigCommerce store to FacebookPinteresteBayAmazon and Square POS, you can create a truly omnichannel experience from Day 1 of selling on BigCommerce.

Proof is in the pudding

Vander Success Story - Henna CaravanRead how we transformed a henna retailer that faced market saturation and diminishing returns due to upstart competition. In less than 9 weeks, we completely transformed their previous Magento website into a powerhouse BigCommerce website that not only performs great, but looks beautiful. Recording their first sale less than 10 minutes after launch. Read the Case Study: Unlocking the Inner Beauty of Henna.

What if I need help, are partners easy to find? Are they expensive?

For any seller, the greatest asset is having a quality team of partners and professionals that enable you to focus on your business, without having to be in the weeds too much. With that said, BigCommerce, and its sales and support teams, provide you access to the world’s best design, solutions, and technology partners via their Partner Program.

The best part about BigCommerce is that they have put together this program by tiers, ensuring that they find you a partner that not only understands how to help, but it within your budget. This not only spans design and solutions, but also technology, spanning every caveat and facet of your business.

Here are some of your favorite, and essential, BigCommerce technology solutions that you should consider if you make BigCommerce your next eCommerce platform:

  • Avalara – Avalara uses hundreds of thousands of taxability rules and the latest tax jurisdiction boundaries to assign the right rates. So even if you sell products with special tax needs, you can be sure that you’re maintaining tax compliance and accurately charging your customers.
  • ShipStation – With ShipStation, you can process and print hundreds of labels in a single batch. Print pick lists, packing slips, and labels easily and quickly to either your local printer or any printer in the world! No more manual data entry for you.
  • Smile.io – Smile.io allows you to quickly set up and run your own loyalty program. When you reward your customers, they are much more likely to return and make a repeat purchase.
  • Xero – There’s good reason why so many businesses and business publications consider Xero the global leader in online accounting software with Forbes magazine naming Xero #1 most innovative growth company in the world in 2014 and 2015.

What if I want a custom site, how much does that cost?

Simply put, it can be anywhere from $500 to greater than $100,000, it really depends on two things:

  1. Your budget
  2. Your wish list

For many, the need for a custom site may be due to the fact that you have a unique business model like B2B or just need a great product builder/customizer. Whether you are going for a Webby Award or just need a sleek, minimal site, be sure that you understand your needs and know your audience. It is key that when getting estimations for a custom site that you have a clear direction and vision for what you need out of it.

In closing

The simple fact in selecting your next eCommerce platform is that you must make sure it aligns with your business needs. More importantly, it understands that you as a business owner need agility and speed, not another hurdle. So be sure to select a platform that has a low total cost of ownership, enables you to sell quick, and most importantly, gives you the ability to have a website that you are proud to call your own. With that said, we recommend BigCommerce for your next eCommerce platform.