BigCommerce is just that, a big application that can handle many aspects of ecommerce. The options are lengthy, and users can sell almost any way imaginable through BigCommerce. The application is intended to help retailers of all sizes. The beginner can start small and, as they grow, the application will grow with them as they take advantage of more features and functions. BigCommerce allows users to create professional ecommerce pages and product listings on popular websites such as Ebay and Facebook and allows them to list items on iPhones. The application also gives users automated email functions through MailChimp. The user is given complete control over the appearance of their ecommerce website through a drag and drop design system. Reporting features are available and can be exported for reference offline.
BigCommerce was founded in September of 2009 by Interspire. Interspire is an ecommerce and email marketing software developer with locations in Austin, Texas and Surry Hills, Australia. The company was founded in May of 2003 by Eddie Machalalani and Mitchell Harper. The current team consists of around 50 individuals including CEO Machalalani, CPO Harper, Sales Manager Lee Sellers, North American Channel Manager Chris Lauzon, APAC Channel Manager Vadim Geller and European Channel Manager James MacGregor.
There are so many ways to sell things online. BigCommerce stands out because it gives users a way to tap into many of the most popular retail venues on the internet. It also allows users to build their own online retail space. Users can sell almost anything through BigCommerce. The application is diverse enough to work effectively for sellers of all sizes.
The BigCommerce website welcomes visitors with a white and blue color scheme accentuated by hints of green and red. The site is well organized with just enough open space to avoid feeling cluttered. The fun logo features a stylized green shopping card with overlapping blue letters that gives the site just the right amount of personality.
A new user can give BigCommerce a try by clicking the green “Try Big Commerce Free” button along the center, right hand side of the homepage. This will give the user access to a 15 day free trial that does not require a credit card. A pop up box will appear that contains the registration form. The form asks the user for a full name, organization name, user type, industry, email address, password, phone number and desired shop address for Big Commerce.
After the 15 day free trial is up, the user will have to pay for Big Commerce. The application offers users five diverse membership plans to choose from. The first is the Bronze membership which costs around $25 per month. This includes up to 100 products, three staff member log ins, 2 GBs of bandwidth, 200 MBs of storage space and $50 worth of AdWords credit. The Silver membership costs around $40 per month and includes up to 500 products, 10 staff log ins, 3 GBs of bandwidth and 300 MBs of storage space. The Gold membership costs around $80 per month and upgrades to include 1,000 products, 20 staff log ins, 5 GBs of bandwidth, 500 MBs of storage space and up to $75 of AdWords credit. The Platinum membership costs around $150 per month and includes unlimited products, up to 50 staff log ins, 15 GBs of bandwidth, 1 GB of storage and $100 in AdWords credit. The most expensive membership is the Diamond account which costs around $300 per month and includes up to 100 staff log ins, 45 GBS of bandwidth and 3 GBs of storage.
BigCommerce is a helpful tool for anyone who wants to sell products online. It is geared more towards professionals who want to make a business of selling online as opposed to the casual individual selling items here and there.