Ecommerce Enterprise Platforms
eCommerce Enterprise Experts
At 1Digital Agency, we’re eCommerce experts and so naturally people ask us, ‘what’s the best eCommerce platform?’. That question has no answer because every eCommerce platform is different. Instead, it makes the most sense to ask, ‘what’s the best eCommerce platform forme?’ In order to give folks more insight into that question, we’ve put together a comparison ofBigCommerce Enterprise and Shopify Plus so that you know which of these two massively popular eCommerce SAAS systems has more of the features that work best for your business.
Both of these are plans on SAAS hosted platforms. Both are created for businesses that do 1million or more in sales online each year. They both represent the best of what their respective platforms have to offer. But which one is better for you?
BigCommerce Enterprise vs. Shopify Plus
BigCommerce Enterprise is a great option for eCommerce merchants that want an enterpriseSAAS solution. In our experience, we’ve found that BigCommerce Enterprise is often the best fit for businesses with robust catalogs of products and categories.
Shopify Plus is the newest offering from Shopify. Built for stores when the core Shopify product would simply not be robust enough. We often recommend Shopify Plus to merchants when international deployment and third-party connections are of paramount importance.
An agency like 1Digital®, which knows how to play the BigCommerce admin area like a violin, can create almost endless variations in product variants and option values to compliment a really complex product catalog. BigCommerce Enterprise also comes with customizable faceted search as a native feature. This allows you to create specific search variables that allow your customers to whittle your catalog down to exactly what they’re looking for.
For businesses with this sort of large inventory, a third-party management system is often necessary. BigCommerce’s open API makes it easy for an enterprise development agency like 1Digital® to connect all your other systems and run them seamlessly alongside your eCommercestore. BigCommerce Enterprise also makes it easy to run a wholesale or blended business by allowing for easy setup of separate customer groups.
When it comes to a comparison of BigCommerce Enterprise and Shopify Plus, we will often ;recommend BigCommerce to growing merchants that work in high volume sales and complex product catalogs. Of course, depending on exact requirements, your mileage may vary.
Unique to the Shopify Plus offering is the availability of 10 clone stores at no extra cost. This means that if your business operates over many countries and many languages you can easily deploy a clone of your site in 10 different languages for 10 different audiences without having to rebuild the store you already have, or pay for multiple hosting instances. All these stores are easily managed from your one Shopify Plus admin area. Shopify Plus stores also enjoy the benefit of being attached to the Shopify App Marketplace, the largest ecosystem of third-party plugins available for any eCommerce platform.
Like BigCommerce, Shopify Plus has an open API that we can use to create custom connections if you need them, but these can sometimes be time-consuming and costly. If you need a connection to third-party software, chances are good that a pre-built connector already exists in the Shopify App Store which could be added to your backend with just a few clicks.
What They Both Do Well
To make a clear comparison of BigCommerce Enterprise and Shopify Plus is complicated by the fact that these two SAAS platforms are, in many ways, more similar than they are different.Especially when compared to the open-source platforms like Magento and Demandware that had dominated the enterprise eCommerce space until recently. When you opt for a hosted solution over an open-source one you get some significant advantages.
Hosted solutions like BigCommerce Enterprise and Shopify Plus are shockingly reliable. They both boast more the 99% uptime rates and the best site security available. This saves your business the expense of IT personnel to load test servers and upgrade security patches. Hosted platforms are also infinitely scalable. When you get to the enterprise level your site could be dealing with hundreds of thousands of visitors every day. These two systems host your site in the cloud so that your store won’t go down from an unexpected traffic spike and you won’t need an employee trained in server architecture. All these benefits of hosted systems help you save the opportunity cost of development focused work and invest your time and energy into marketing, inventory, personnel, and all the other things that make your business run.
The Distinguished Competiton
No comparison of BigCommerce Enterprise and Shopify Plus would be complete without a nod to your other viable eCommerce option. Magento is an example of a self-hosted and open-source eCommerce solution. When you want to be able to control every aspect of yourstore, and don’t mind taking on a little more responsibility in exchange for that freedom, Magento is a great way to go.
With Magento Enterprise’s templating, you can customize literally any aspect of your site.Magento is open-source, so the Magento Marketplace is brimming with pre-built plugins for every third-party system and feature under the sun. Magento also has the most extensive list of out of the box features in the business. If you’ve already looked into hosted solutions and found that what you want bumps up against their platform limitations, eCommerce development experts like 1Digital® can make it possible on Magento. If you run a larger business and need some truly unique custom functionality, Magento is your best eCommerce enterprise platform option. Learn more about Magento Enterprise if you need ultimate customization with an open-sourced platform.