BigCommerce Shopping Cart
BigCommerce is one of the most popular shopping cart systems available. BigCommerce is a hosted shopping cart platform, meaning that when you sign up for a BigCommerce account, you are purchasing the shopping cart software combined with the hosting as a package.
The BigCommerce shopping cart platform allows vendors to list products for sale so that visitors to their store can add products to the built-in BigCommerce shopping cart and purchase the products via the BigCommerce checkout system, which can be configured to allow customers to pay through a variety of payment methods, including credit cards, PayPal, “buy now pay later” financing systems, and several others.
Because BigCommerce is a combined host and shopping cart system, people and businesses who use it don’t have to purchase hosting separately. Of course, users typically end up paying as much as they would if they had purchased a web hosting plan and installed their own shopping cart. However, the combined shopping cart and hosting packages offered by BigCommerce (similar to many of their competitors) simplifies the administration of the online store so that store owners can focus more on design and functionality and worry less about handling security, performance, configurations, and other server-related tasks involved with publishing products for sale online with a shopping cart.
Who Uses BigCommerce?
BigCommerce is a good solution for small companies that want to publish their catalog online without meddling with IT issues involved in handling hosting. A good portion of BigCommerce’s customer base are product brands, drop-shippers, and other online retailers who don’t have devops personnel on staff.
While the largest number of their clients fit the mom-and-pop store model, BigCommerce also has plans for larger companies, including enterprise level plans that are custom built for clients who have budgets to access the BigCommerce team of systems analysts, designers, and developers to create a shopping cart that fits specific needs of a larger corporation.
BigCommerce Essentials Plans
BigCommerce Essentials shopping cart plans start at $29.95 per month for their Standard plan. Their most popular (according to the BigCommerce pricing page) plan is the Plus plan, which starts at $71.95 per month if paid annually, $79.95 per month if paid on a month-by-month basis.
For more aggressive online stores who are still below the enterprise level in terms of shopping cart needs, there is a Pro hosting plan that costs close to $300 per month.
BigCommerce Enterprise Plans
In the BigCommerce has broken into the enterprise market and provides custom solutions with custom pricing to larger companies who have sales that surpass $400k annually.