If you’re considering adding eCommerce to your WordPress site, one solution you’ll see recommended often is WooCommerce. So, which one is better, BigCommerce or WooCommerce? In this video, we’ll compare and contrast these two popular eCommerce plugins for WordPress, so you can choose the one that’s best for your needs!
Without a doubt, WooCommerce is one of the most popular solutions because it’s free to get started. But you may find that once you start using WooCommerce, it’s not the complete solution you need.
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BigCommerce, on the other hand, has a history of delivering a complete experience that includes performance, security, support, and most recently, a seamless WordPress integration.
In this video, we’ll look at how WooCommerce and BigCommerce for WordPress stack up.
Let’s start with the similarities.
Both BigCommerce and WooCommerce integrate with WordPress.
Both allow you to add and manage unlimited inventory, orders, and customers.
And both provide a complete, on-site checkout experience.
At face value, both look like good platforms for your store. But, when you look at the differences, you’ll find that BigCommerce is better equipped to deliver more flexibility to your WordPress site.
So, what are the differences between BigCommerce and WooCommerce?
The most noticeable difference between WooCommerce and BigCommerce is store performance.
With WooCommerce, everything – from customer checkout to order management, and even reporting – is processed inside WordPress, on your web server. This means your server can slow down for both you and your customers, even during simple, routine admin tasks.
BigCommerce handles these tasks outside of WordPress, so they won’t slow down your site — even when you see a spike in traffic or begin managing thousands of orders.
Next, let’s talk features.
WooCommerce requires you to install and configure many extensions just to match the core features that are included in BigCommerce.
And those extensions aren’t free, so the costs can really add up. To say nothing of the extra time you’ll spend installing and configuring all those plugins.
What about security?
One of the most important aspects of any eCommerce site is security. Maintaining a secure site is a legal requirement for any site handling credit cards, but it’s essential for consumer trust as well.
WooCommerce leaves you to figure out your own security. Whereas, BigCommerce is a PCI-certified Level 1 Service. Put another way, using the BigCommerce checkout means your store automatically provides the highest level of security, keeping you and your customers safe.
What about support?
Running an eCommerce store can be overwhelming at times. This is especially true when something doesn’t work according to plan.
WooCommerce only offers support via tickets or forums, so you either have to work around their timeline or hire a third-party expert out-of-pocket.
But with BigCommerce, you get quick access to friendly, knowledgeable staff at no extra cost.
So, which one is better, BigCommerce or WooCommerce?
On the surface, WooCommerce and BigCommerce seem pretty similar. But when you take a closer look, you’ll find that BigCommerce offers a more robust feature set that is more performant, secure, and supported. And their all-in-one pricing means you won’t be surprised by hidden charges, or nickel-and-dimed by having to purchase dozens of third=party add-ons to make your store work.
We encourage you to try BigCommerce for WordPress today. And be sure to check out our other videos in this course to learn how you can make the most of BigCommerce for WordPress to sell products and grow your business!