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Go daddy vs Shopify vs BigCommerce: What’s Best?

Saturday, September 4th, 2010
Posted in Reviews by Joel Gross

New post comparing shopping carts here.

Setting up an Ecommerce store can be quite difficult these days due to the sheer number of companies that offer this service. The same question is asked from time to time. Who takes the cake when it comes to offering the best service and package for your Ecommerce needs? However, with the overload of information available on the internet these days, the most reliable thing to do is find the answer after some practical research. Comparing the top 3 companies that offer Ecommerce services seems to be a good way to begin. These companies are Godaddy, Shopify, and BigCommerce.

GoDaddy Review

Within the past few years, GoDaddy has entered with a bang into the domain and hosting providing business, in addition to introducing other products and services.  The most famous and recent product they have introduced is a hosted e-commerce shopping cart application by the name of Quick Shopping Cart.

They provide reasonable options such as multiple payment gateways and integrated (UPS and USPS) shipping calculators, to name a few.  To start off with basic aesthetics, Godaddy comes in short to both its opponents. You basically end up with a run of the mill look to your online store along with a lagging interface that can cause you to occasionally lose time. In this aspect, both Shopify and BigCommerce have the clear advantage.  Even if you consider yourself to be a novice Ecommerce manager, you can comparatively receive better options elsewhere.   On top of that if you ever end up with a problem regarding your online ecommerce store, you will not enjoy waiting endlessly for someone to actually resolve your problem. This happens often with Godaddy.

GoDaddy’s Inventory Management System lacks in flexibility and versatility. Most online store owners enjoy customizable features and accuracy when managing their inventory.   GoDaddy is already offering so many other services besides running an online store, they are unable to give the time required to small businesses.

Shopify Review

Moving on to our second contender, Shopify wins hands down when it comes to customizing the appearance of your store with the minimal amount of hassle.  In addition, Shopify Professional gives you the prospect of selling up to 2,500 products, but doesn’t support selling goods which can be downloaded. Their simple and easy to use feature of real time statistics allows you to monitor every activity, from traffic to sales. Their real-time statistics feature is simple and easy to use, allowing you to see exactly what’s going on with your eCommerce site. However, there are a few aspects that are more important than appearance in which Shopify struggles. In order to change title tags and Meta tags, you have to learn their programming language called Liquid. This might not be such a strenuous process but what’s most bothersome is the fact that Shopify charges 2% of all your transactions, which can lower your profit considerably if you’re making sales in large volume.

BigCommerce Review

BigCommerce is the newest name in the industry of online shopping carts. Based out of Australia it offers a range of products for ecommerce solutions.  What makes BigCommerce different than other shopping cart options is the ease of set up, and very affordable pricing options. Even though they have entered the market recently, they are quickly gaining precedence thanks to their happy customers.  BigCommerce is gaining so much popularity because it is suitable for all kinds of ecommerce store owners.

Even if you have few technical skills, you will not have much trouble setting up your online store. On the other hand, if you are a serious online store owner who wants to accommodate a larger, more complex site with thousands of products, BigCommerce can meet your needs. Merchants can quickly create their designs with the existing templates. On the other hand, more advanced users can integrate their websites using Dreamweaver.

BigCommerce also gives you a wide variety of marketing tools such as promotions, coupons codes, gift certificates, discounts, and Google Analytics. Since it’s based in Australia, BigCommerce it is the most efficient company . To add to your benefit, BigCommerce is the only ecommerce software assessed by the world’s #1 SEO guru, Aaron Wall. This can spell out higher profits for you in terms of getting more traffic at your store.

Conclusion

In the overall research, one can be quick to make this competition from a best of three to a best of two. GoDaddy was far from fulfilling many Ecommerce needs, especially after seeing its competition. Then remained the two contenders, Shopify and BigCommerce. It would be unfair to include Shopify in the same group as GoDaddy because the previous manages to woo you at many occasions. Eventually what will change your mind about Shopify is their unreasonable charge of 2% on all transactions. With the amount of hard work put in to managing your online store, any online store owner deserves more of the profit they make rather than giving it to Shopify. BigCommerce was surprising and least to say in a good way. From the attitude to its staff support, they were spot on with all their aspects. What is most commendable is that this company is still fairly new and if they keep up with it, they can easily surpass their competitors. BigCommerce is by far the best shopping cart software available.

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