BigCommerce 15 Day Test – 1 Sale Challenge #2

  • December 27, 2013
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BigCommerce 15 Day Test – 1 Sale Challenge Update #2

This is my second post on the Big Commerce online store one sale challenge. My goal is to create a Big Commerce store and get at least one online sale. I want to see how well these online stores really work. If I do get at least one online sale then I may continue my trial. I think 15 days is more than enough for Big Commerce to prove itself.

I ran into an issue today with logging in my store. I can’t log onto the site using the details I signed up with. I went in to reset the password, but was unable to reset using my e-mail address.

I contacted customer service and they called me back in the morning. BigCommerce customer service left a message and I immediately called them back. There was no answer so I called back again in a couple hours and again there was no answer. I said in the message to e-mail me instructions how to reset my password, but so far no e-mail. I will contact customer service via e-mail again to finally log into my account and start making some much needed updates to my store.

My goal is to spend $0.00 creating the online store so instead of purchasing a new logo I redesigned a logo myself. See logo below:

Big Commerce Logo

I also want to add a lot more product to web site once I’m able to log into site again.

My thoughts so far are Big Commerce is very easy to set up, design, and edit. I’m not very happy with the theme I choose however. If I want to delete the theme all updates to the site will be lost so at this point it’s not worth it.

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My goal in 2014 is to make this blog useful to my readers. I want to actually purchase and test sites that make claims such as make money opening an online store with Big Commerce. It will not only be an interesting read I will also gain knowledge from my failures and successes. My feelings if it was easy everyone would be doing it. Great claims take a ton of proof. I want to find out if these sites actually work. From what I’ve seen is Google is more likely to index you and give you good search rankings if you build an online store from scratch rather than use quick methods such as an online store builder. I want to be proven wrong, we shall see.

Update #3 12-30-13

Called customer service today trying to get my password reset since no e-mail address to password reset is working. Got a message that said Big Commerce is experience higher than normal call volume. I waited on hold 9 minutes until I finally hung up the phone. One positive aspect of the phone call was Big Commerce gives you fun facts about Australia. Still can’t get an answer via e-mail as well on how to reset my password. Apparently I have a “rep” for my site, but so far she’s only called me and left voicemails I can’t get a response through e-mail.

Update #4 01-02-14

I was able to get a response from my rep. from Big Commerce. I logged into the site today and changed the logo. It’s good to be back!

BigCommerce & Volusion Comparison 2013

Online Selling Made Easy – BigCommerce & Volusion Comparison

In this world, one has to prepare and learn a lot before diving into any endeavor.  Some require doctorate degrees or a masters in business administration.  Thankfully, there are those who come to the aid of those in need, especially in the area of online selling.

Online selling is a business concept that has just popped up very recently, and new concepts are generally not accepted well.  Those who were raised by people of the traditional generation would not as easily adapt to the new concept of online selling, even if it means having the people of the whole world as part of your target market.  This is why it is great that there are those companies that offer their assistance in setting up online shops.

This is exactly what the websites Volusion.com and BigCommerce.com do for their clients.  They put up a platform for people who wish to sell online, and make the process of selling extremely easy.  The steps are simple: set up the service, upload the information of your wares, and start selling and receiving payment.  It can be done in minutes if you are not that picky, and both websites offer a two week trial period wherein you can set up your site and figure out whether the service is for you or not.

Visit Big Commerce and try for free!

Visit Volusion and also try for free!

The processes of the two websites are fairly similar.  From the get go, you have their full support.  The first step would be to design your website, and both have a huge number of templates to choose from.  Most people would worry about the programming part of the site, but it really would not matter as one can choose to use the templates or create an independent platform.  Both sites can support geek language and have you do HTML if you want to go to that extent.  If you prefer to go a different route, designers are also available to help, all you need to do is ask.

Receiving payment from customers is also a huge thing when it comes to online businesses, and this makes sense.  Payments is what keeps the business running, and both offer merchant accounts for every site that you set up.  Both can also integrate with different payment gateways that you may have already set up previously, so importing a business into either website will not be a hassle.

Of course each site comes with different plans, and it would be best to tackle those one by one:

Volusion has five plans ranging from $15 a month to $195 a month.  The main difference here would be how many products you can sell on your store, as well as the amount of storage that you would have at your disposal, ranging from 1GB to an unlimited amount of storage.  As you go up the ladder though, the type of support that you have gets better, as the most basic plan has online support only while the two top paid plans have priority support.  Check on the number of extra items that you get such as Facebook integration to customer feedback, because some extras are excluded in the lower plans.

BigCommerce has five plans as well ranging from $24.95 to $299.95 a month, though the main difference in these plans are really just the storage space, the number of products that are offered, as well as the number of staff log-ins that one can assign to employees if there is more than one person maintaining the site.  All come with a discount for Google Adwords, and starting at the mid plan at $79.95 a month, there is the abandoned cart saver that can help in calling customers who have not bought what is in their cart back to finish the purchase (this is offered at Volusion at $35 a month).  Bigcommerce offers a 10% discount on annual subscriptions.

Of course each site will say that they are the best in their field,but your needs would really be the best basis for that.  Search out both stores and see what they offer.  The trial period is there to make you see if it is a good deal, and perhaps one will succeed in getting you to expand your customer base without increasing the number of stores that you have.  Because online selling gives you the key to the world while setting up shop at one place only – online.

Visit Big Commerce and try for free!

Visit Volusion and also try for free!

Shopify vs. BigCommerce Comparison Review by CashSherpa.com

Getting Your Business Online On-Time, and Even Earlier

Shopify vs. Big Commerce Comparison

You want to build an online store, but don’t know what ecommerce store solution to use? We can help you through that process! The thought of building an online store can be an intimidating thing. That’s why one should consider a service like Shopify and/or Big Commerce. There are so many changes in technology it’s hard to keep up especially when building an online store. There are a lot of people who come up with support sites that help create businesses online, just like Shopify.com and BigCommerce.com.

My problems with my personal online stores include: Getting site hacked several times, checkout process errors, getting credit cards to work property in checkout, troubleshooting misc. errors, and the list goes on. I’m going to sign up for an online store service like Big Commerce on my next store build. There are too many things that come up when you are building ecommerce stores on your own. The costs add up fast! You might think that the subscription fee for Shopify or Big Commerce is expensive, but it’s really not. Consider my costs getting malicious code removed from my WordPress sites multiple times, adding security features, making backups, paying web developers, hosting, domain names, buying plugins, buying new themes. When you purchase a service you have some peace of mind there is someone there to back you up if something goes wrong. In the online world I don’t have to tell you that things go wrong everyday. You need a team that backs you up daily!

Sign up for BigCommerce Here:

Bigcommerce makes it easy to sell online. You get a website, shopping cart, SEO, design, hosting and more. Try it for free!

Sign up for Shopify Here:

Use Shopify to create an online store. Visit here!

Obviously, these two are competitors that offer the same service, which is aid for people who wish to create a store on-line.  The concept is simple: sign up, choose a design, post your products, and then sell.  Both even have a trial period wherein you can set up the service and test it out.  Once you’re satisfied, then you can sign up for a plan and make your business start earning. I decided to review Shopify and Big Commerce since they are two of the most popular online store building services.

Shopify vs. Big Commerce Breakdown

If compared, there is no clear winner in the set up process.  Once that you join either company, you are given a huge number of options that you can choose from in order to design your store front.  The templates are numerous, and both have editing capabilities that would allow you to be hands on when it comes to your storefront.  This includes the use of HTML if you decide to go geek in the preparation.  If you do have something more specific in mind, both websites offer the help of professional designers.

The payments process is somewhat different.  For Shopify.com, all transactions are processed through their payment system, and a transaction fee is charged depending on the plan that you hold for the month (the highest plan is free of charge).  For BigCommerce.com, you have the choice of linking up with your own merchant, and this is the recommended process if you have an existing account with a payment company.  Otherwise, you can go with BigCommerce.com payments, a supporting company that allows you to use a gateway through BigCommerce.  This supports US payments only so far.  A switch can be made between your own payment facility and the one from bigcommerce at any time.

Pricing for the plans also vary, and this needs a bit more scrutiny:

Shopify – this has three main plans and a fourth, very basic plan that just allows basic selling.  The other three plans though (with the lowest plan at $29 a month) vary only with the number of products, the file storage size and the transaction fee.  The top plan that goes for $179 a month has unlimited everything, no transaction fee and the option for real time carrier shipping.

BigCommerce – the lowest plan is at $24.95 a month with about the same items such as the base plan of shopify.  It does allow for three staff log-ins, which would be great if you have people in your employ.  You can control what the staff can do, and you can get services from Google Adwords at a discount.  The mid range plan has something new in terms of customer retention though, and that is the abandoned cart saver.  With this feature, you can check on what people have placed in their cart and left there without making the purchase.  With this information, you can send them a mail and ask them if they are still interested.  This is known to help merchants immensely in taking back lost sales and getting feedback from customers.

All in all, both companies have a great platform to offer those who want to set up their on-line store without any hassles.  With the pros and cons that they have, it would really be up to the shop owner to decide where to go.  Just weigh the services, try it out and sell. I’d suggest going to the sites and looking over the live site examples. Also, both services offer a free trial so DO sign up for both and see which you like better.

Sign up for BigCommerce Here:

Bigcommerce makes it easy to sell online. You get a website, shopping cart, SEO, design, hosting and more. Try it for free!

Sign up for Shopify Here:

Use Shopify to create an online store. Visit here!

This is an example of what you can create with these services (See below):

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Screen shots of current pricing:

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shopify

BigCommerce Updated 2013 Review by CashSherpa.com

BigCommerce Updated 2013 Review by CashSherpa.com

Started in 2009, BigCommerce has become one of the popular eCommerce platforms available online today. It offers plenty of built-in features that allow you to get your online business up and running in no time.

Features of BigCommerce:

Your website is secured – With BigCommerce, your eCommerce website is hosted remotely, on their high performance SAS 70 Type II certified servers. These servers are located in BigCommerce’s secured data center, which employs security measures such as firewalls and network redundancy to prevent hacker attacks. Furthermore, your whole website, including your orders, products, photos and customer record, is back up automatically multiple times a day.

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Software is updated automatically – Since your website is hosted by BigCommerce, you don’t have to worry about keeping your software up-to-date. BigCommerce does it for you. Whenever a new feature comes out, your software is automatically updated.

Flexible Design – BigCommerce offers over 50 professionally designed, built-in store templates. None of these designs captures your fancy? No problem! BigCommerce lets you design your own website using the built-in WYSIWYG editor. You can also upload or create a logo for your website.

Use your own domain name – If you already have your own domain name, BigCommerce allows you to set up your eCommerce website using your own domain. You can even use a subdomain so that your eCommerce site is integrated into your existing website.

PCI compliant – BigCommerce is a PCI-compliant provider, which means that it meets all the requirements designed to ensure companies that process/store/transmit credit card information are doing so in a secure environment.  When you set up your online store with BigCommerce, your store is automatically PCI compliant.

Abandoned cart saver – Sometimes your customers add products to their shopping carts but never complete their orders. When this happens, BigCommerce’s abandoned cart saver, available to Gold/Platinum/Diamond users, sends a series of customizable emails to these potential customers to change their mind. You can even send them coupon code to further encourage them to complete their orders. According to statistics provided by BigCommerce, with the help of the abandoned cart saver, up to 15% of abandoned carts are saved!

Advanced SEO tools – The SEO experts at BigCommerce take care of all your SEO needs. You have access to all the pro-level SEO features that make it easy for you to build SEO-friendly websites. BigCommerce also automatically feeds your XML sitemap to Google so that your pages get indexed.

Unlimited options for your products – You can set up as many options as you like for your products. You can have different sizes, colors, shapes, etc. Each product option is treated as an individual product, which means that you can set up different SKUs and prices for these options. By doing this,you can easily keep track of the stock level, sales and profit of each product option.

BigCommerce: The easiest way to sell online!

Other features of BigCommerce include:

– Integrate your products with other online shopping sites such as Pricegrabber, Shopzilla, Yahoo Shopping, etc.

– Files are distributed to BigCommerce’s content delivery network, which means that they reside on servers all over the world. This decreases page load times for your customers, wherever they are.

– SSL support

– Fulltime site monitoring

Pricing of BigCommerce:

There are 5 levels of pricing available at BigCommerce.

– Bronze: For $24.95/month, you have 200MB of storage and can sell up to 100 products at your store.

– Silver: For $39.95/month, you have 300MB of storage and can sell up to 500 products at your store.

– Gold: For $79.95/month, you have 500MB of storage and can sell up to 1,000 products at your store.

– Platinum: For $149.95/month, you have 1GB of storage and can sell unlimited products at your store.

– Diamond: For $299.95/month, you have unlimited storage and can sell unlimited products.

You get 10% off if you pay yearly.

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Review of BigCommerce by CashSherpa.com

  • December 14, 2011
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Review of BigCommerce by CashSherpa.com

When you run a business, and want to embrace the Internet, you can quickly find that it’s not as easy as it sounds. You need so many things to be successful only, like a shopping cart solution, a way to sell on multiple social sites, mailing list management, and more. You need a solution that’s simple and integrated, from a company that can help you and your business make their online presence both enticing and profitable for you. This is where BigCommerce comes in, and how it can help you succeed on the Internet.

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BigCommerce has the tag line ‘The easiest way to sell online’ and in many ways it’s true. They offer a large array of services that are integrated, and made especially for businesses to succeed where others failed. At the heart of this is their web site, along with all of the services available there. From a single menu, you can get access to all the services you would need. This includes SSL certificates, so you can setup a site that’s secure and encrypted, design services, in case you don’t want to hire your own designer, credit cards services, along with shopping cart options, so that you can have full merchant services online, just like you may already do offline, and affiliate services, so you can become a partner and make more money by using the site.

One of the big advantages of BigCommerce is the complete creative control that they give you. You aren’t crammed into a preset system that forces you to do things their ways. You can get your own website with its own unique look, and have all your services integrates into it. Another advantage is how the site provides integration on many popular platforms, like Facebook or eBay. By using a single click, you can sell directly on Facebook, and provide your goods or services to the millions of users of the social networking site. They also have a lot of additional services like automated email marketing, flexible photo displays, and mobile options.

On the finance side, BigCommerce is also fully equipped. They have full inventory control, in cases where you sell and ship physical goods. They allow returns with a full return system as well. They also have services to create ads, coupons and promotions, so that you can fully control the kind of marketing you’re doing for your products. Thanks to their credit card services and shopping cart integration, when a customer is ready to buy, they can do so in confidence as well.

Overall, BigCommerce is a great solution if you need a one stop shop for everything. It doesn’t offer as much customization as if you were to go off on your own and do your own system from scratch, but few services do. If you want an easy to use, complete solution, then this is really a site to try out.

BigCommerce: The easiest way to sell online!

Testimonials from users:

“If you want a quick overall assessment of it’s quality, I’d say 4 1/2 out of five – but from the attitude of the staff and the constant innovation that is taking place I have a feeling it is going to get a lot, lot better (ReviewBigCommerce.com).”

“BigCommerce is also far better than that of the Yahoo shopping cart and Volusion shopping cart. In terms of monthly price, BigCommerce offers the lowest monthly price (AndrewBleakley).”

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