BigCommerce vs. PrestaShop

BigCommerce vs. PrestaShop

BigCommerce is another excellent alternative for PrestaShop, but there are some key differences when compared.

In this article, I will walk you through them to decide if you want to try BigCommerce or not.

BigCommerce Is Not Open Source

PrestaShop is open-source, and you (your developers) can modify source code and extend it easily with plugins. But, like Shopify - BigCommerce has the same limitation - they are proprietary software.

This means that you can only change things to the extent they provide. For example, a common complaint about solutions like Wix, Shopify, and BigCommerce is that it is impossible to do so for custom advertisement code placement.

You can customize absolutely everything with PrestaShop but will be limited to BigCommerce.

BigCommerce - You Save On Developers

Because BigCommerce is proprietary, you most likely will never hire anybody to tweak your store because all the tweaks can be done from their back office.

BigCommerce Homepage
BigCommerce Homepage

BigCommerce is a cloud-based ecommerce platform so you won’t need to setup hosting, install it, and protect it with security settings. Instead, all is done by BigCommerce owners.

BigCommerce is easier to use than PrestaShop, so you need less technical knowledge to use it.

BigCommerce vs. PrestaShop Pricing

Both solutions are paid but in different ways.

Recent BigCommerce prices are listed on their platform, but here are price ranges when writing this article:

Plan Price
Standard 29.95/mo
Plus $79.95/mo
Pro $299.95/mo

PrestaShop is free, but that does not mean that it will cost nothing to run the store. You will have to pay for hosting. For a bigger store, it will be easy to run out 30 USD/mo.

Both platforms have addons and themes. BigCommerce addons are super expensive with monthly subscriptions - don’t expect BigCommerce to be cheap..

PrestaShop addons and themes can be found for free or for as low as 10 USD.

BigCommerce has a small selection of free themes. Paid themes cost from 150 USD to 250 USD.

PrestaShop vs. BigCommerce Features

Both platforms have a marketplace and provide lots of customizations thanks to the addons system. Unfortunately, this makes it hard to compare features between both because you can find a workaround with every plugin.

Still, localization/translation is a problem. PrestaShop is translated into much more languages, and you can translate and localize (date formats, currency, numbers) to your needs. BigCommerce has a limited set of translations.

PrestaShop vs. BigCommerce SEO

There are no significant differences there because Google for years has been judging SEO based on user experience. This means that if you have a short description, poor images in one store, but very well described another product page with great ideas and extra content (reviews, about section, and more) - the second page will outrank in search results page no matter which system you will choose.

Title, meta description, URLs, and everything else are almost the same between both platforms.

Conclusion

BigCommerce is a more straightforward platform, and without technical knowledge, it will be easier to setup and work with. But it will cost you much more. So it would be best to think about 100-200 USD monthly expenses when running BigCommerce.

I have compared PrestaShop to other platforms like Shopify, Magento, and WooCommerce.