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WooCommerce vs Bigcommerce – Which platform is better for you?

Nowadays online shopping is becoming one of the most preferred methods of shopping.

The online store offers many benefits for customers including convenience, price comparisons, and tailored recommendations.

Additionally, online stores are attractive to sellers who want to achieve high volumes of online sales quickly with minimal startup costs or overhead expenses.

What is WooCommerce?

The Woocommerce plugin for WordPress is an open-source eCommerce solution that enables you to sell anything, beautifully. Easily manage your catalogue, inventory and orders from one place – in real-time.

Woocommerce allows online merchants to set up a shop and start selling products via the internet with minimum investment. The plugin is available at the official WordPress website https://wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce/.

For a small fee of around $5 per month, you get access to advanced features such as abandoned cart recovery, out of stock notifications, coupons and discounts. You can even add a range of reports which include sales performance by day of week etc., revenue graphs and more.

Woocommerce uses WordPress’s customised to add a fully functioning eCommerce solution on top of your existing blog or website. You can use woocommerce with a free purchase of a domain and hosting package from a web hosting company such as Bluehost https://www.bluehost.com/web-hosting/.

It’s also compatible with WordPress multisite. Just install the plugin on each site in your multisite, activate it for each site you want to use woocommerce with and then go to My Account > Upgrade in the top admin toolbar.  From there choose “Feature Manager” then click on the Sites tab and select all the sites that are using woocommerce.  

Bigcommerce

BigCommerce

A good alternative to woocommerce is bigcommerce . This solution is more powerful than woocommerce – but it comes at a cost. For example, you need to pay $30 per month per store or $2900 per year for their most popular package which allows unlimited stores etc., Whereas with woocommerce you only need to pay once for the plugin. Bigcommerce offers you advanced features not present in woocommerce such as abandoned cart recovery, built-in marketing tools and more. You can even add your bigcommerce store into any of your WordPress websites with just a few clicks using bigcommerce’s integration app.

Bigcommerce allows you to pick from a huge selection of themes. Woocommerce doesn’t offer this luxury – but it is still possible to find premium woocommerce themes at ThemeForest or drag and drop template builders such as visual composer.

Bigcommerce also has an awesome mobile eCommerce platform that allows you to sell right from your device! bigcommerce plans start at $29 per month but they have a 14-day free trial so you can try bigcommerce out for yourself without paying a cent. Bigcommerce has amazing documentation so you should have no problems getting to grips with it regardless of your technical skills.

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