Shopify vs Wix vs BigCommerce 2024 Comparison: Who’s Better?

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Welcome to my Shopify vs Wix vs BigCommerce comparison!

As you may already know, eCommerce Platforms has reviewed all three platforms separately — see our Shopify review, Wix review, and BigCommerce review.

We’ve also pitted these online store builders against each other — see Wix vs Shopify, Wix vs BigCommerce, and BigCommerce vs Shopify.

All that to say, we know these platforms inside out and back to front. So you can trust us to guide you through our Shopify vs Wix vs BigCommerce comparison!

However, if you don’t have time to read this entire review, here’s the bottom line up front:

Squarespace is my pick for creatives looking for stunning web design.

I think Shopify is best for building a scalable online store.

Wix is my top choice for ease of use and flexible web design.

That’s enough preamble; let’s dive into the nitty gritty of my Shopify vs Wix vs BigCommerce review:

Shopify vs Wix vs BigCommerce: Pros and Cons

Shopify Pros 👍
Shopify Cons 👎

Shopify Pros 👍

Themes are attractive and contemporary, covering a range of industries.
The self-help resources and 24/7 customer support provided are excellent.
There are 8,000+ apps in the Shopify App Store
It’s easy to sign up and use Shopify

Shopify Cons 👎

There’s no drag-and-drop editor. So, customization freedom is limited.
If you don’t use Shopify Payments, you’ll incur additional transaction fees,
The number of free themes is limited
The free trial is very short.

Wix Pros 👍
Wix Cons 👎

Wix Pros 👍

Wix offers a huge number of free templates
You get a free domain name for a year
Wix’s drag-and-drop editor is exceptionally easy to use.
Wix’s free forever plan provides all the time you need to design your site.

Wix Cons 👎

You have to upgrade to Wix’s most expensive subscription to unlock unlimited storage ($159 a month)
There have been a few reports of glitches/bugs.
A few users report Wix being slow to load.

BigCommerce Pros 👍
BigCommerce Cons 👎

BigCommerce Pros 👍

BigCommerce has a multi-store feature. You can run several storefronts from your dashboard.
There are no transaction or commission fees.
All plans come with real-time shipping quotes.
BigCommerce is feature-rich
24/7 support is available to all.

BigCommerce Cons 👎

BigCommerce isn’t as simple to learn as Wix and Shopify.
You can’t access the abandoned cart feature on its cheapest plan
Trustpilot users only give it 1.5 stars out of 5 vs. Wix’s 4.5 and Shopify’s 1.9

Which Is the Most Cost-Effective?

Winner: Wix

To determine the cost-effectiveness of Shopify, Wix, and BigCommerce, we took into consideration their:

Monthly/annual subscription prices

Transaction fees

I’ve also included a link for ‘further reading’ where you can find more info about what’s included in the pricing plans for each platform.


At the time of writing, there’s a three-day free trial, after which you pay $1 a month for three months.

The below packages are Shopify’s main offering.

Basic: $39 a month or $29 a month if you pay annually

Shopify: $105 a month or $79 a month if you pay annually

Advanced: $399 a month or $299 a month if you pay annually.

However, the following plans are also available: 

Starter: $5 a month

Retail: $89 a month

Shopify Plus: Starting at $2,000 a month

Commerce Components: Contact Shopify for a bespoke quote

Shopify transaction fees breakdown:

Basic: 2.9% + 30¢ for online transactions and 2.7% + 0¢ for in-person

Shopify: 2.6% + 30¢ for online transactions and 2.5% + 0¢ for in-person

Advanced: 2.4% + 30¢ for online transactions and 2.4% + 0¢ for in-person

Further Reading

Shopify Pricing Plans and Fees: Which One is Right for You?


At the time of writing, Wix doesn’t offer a free trial.

However, you can build your store for free and test Wix’s features for as long as you like – you only pay when your site goes live.

Subscription Plans Costs for Wix:

Light: $16 a month

Core: $27 a month

Business: $32 a month

Business Elite: $159 a month

Enterprise: A bespoke plan – you’ll have to contact Wix directly for a quote

There are no discounts for paying annually.

You can accept payments through Wix Payments, which accepts major credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, plus other payment processors (depending on your location). 

Transaction fees are as follows: 

Credit/debit cards: 2.9% of the transaction amount + 0.30 

Wix Payments POS: 2.6% of the transaction amount. Tap to Pay: 2.6% of the transaction amount + 0.20 

Apple Pay: 2.9% of the transaction amount + 0.30

Google Pay: 2.9% of the transaction amount + 0.30

Afterpay: 6% of the transaction amount  + 0.30

Further Reading

Wix Ecommerce Review: Pros and Cons


At the time of writing, BigCommerce offers a 15-day free trial and the following pricing plans.

Standard: $39 a month or $29 a month if you pay annually

Plus: $105 a month or $79 a month if you pay annually

Pro: $399 a month or $299 a month if you pay annually

Enterprise: Contact BigCommerce’s sales team for a bespoke quote

There are no transaction fees, and BigCommerce integrates with 48 payment providers. 

However, if you wish to accept customer payments via PayPal powered by Braintree, rates are:

Standard: 2.59% + $0.49

Plus: 2.35% + $0.49 

Pro: 2.05% + $0.49 

Enterprise: 2.05% + $0.49

Further Reading

BigCommerce Pricing Plans: How Much Are You Going to Pay With BigCommerce

Which Is Easier to Use?

Winner: Wix

All three eCommerce platforms offer easy-to-use dashboards, website editors, and plenty of useful self-help resources.

However, upon further testing, it’s evident that customers find Shopify and Wix easier to use than BigCommerce. However, this could be because BigCommerce has its eye on more prominent companies and those wanting to scale, so its array of in-depth features is less beginner-friendly.

Adding Products

It’s pretty simple to add products to your Shopify, Wix, or BigCommerce store:

For Shopify:

Just select the ‘Products’ tab on the left-hand menu.

Click ‘Add product.’

Enter the product’s details.

Click ‘Save.’

You can then keep an eye on your product and sales data from Shopify’s easy-to-view dashboard.

For Wix:

Go to ‘Products’ on the left-hand menu.

Click ‘New product’ and select the type of product you want to add.

Enter the product’s details.

Click ‘Add to page.’

For BigCommerce: Head to the control panel and select ‘Products,’ then ‘Add.’ You can then add your product’s details. You can also import products in bulk via a CSV file.


Each builder has a different approach to design:

Shopify users don’t have access to a drag-and-drop editor. As a result, customization freedom is somewhat curtailed. You’re largely restricted to the scope of your theme – unless you have the coding know-how to make more granular modifications.

To tweak the look of your Shopify theme:

Head to your Shopify Admin.

Select ‘Online Store’ followed by ‘Themes.’

Click ‘Customize.’ You can then change your theme colors, content, layout, font, and so on.

Elsewhere, with Wix, to modify your theme, head to your dashboard and click ‘Edit site.’ You’ll then be taken straight to its intuitive drag-and-drop editor, where you can add and edit a multitude of elements and customize your site’s colors, text, backgrounds, page transitions, etc.

Finally, BigCommerce provides a drag-and-drop builder to create and customize web pages, accessible from its control panel. You can change text blocks, images, panels, etc. Just select a web page element and drop it wherever you want it to appear on the page. It’s pretty intuitive and flexible.

Which Has the Better Design Capabilities?

Winner: Shopify

Whichever platform you choose, you’ll have a choice of free and paid contemporary-looking themes in a selection of colors, designs, layouts, and so on.

Each ecommerce platform organizes its themes into industry categories.

If you’re interested in free themes, Shopify provides 12 free ones in different styles, layouts, and colors. There are also 160 paid themes, with prices fluctuating between $150 and $400 (one-off fee). You can switch themes anytime.

There are themes available for the following industries:

Food and drink

Arts and crafts




Pet supplies

Home and garden

…and lots more.

You can also filter themes according to features like:

Layout style

Age verifier

Infinite scroll

Sticky header

EU translations

Countdown timers

…and lots more.

For Wix users they can access 900+ free templates organized into the following store categories:

Fashion and clothing

Jewelry and accessories

Arts and crafts

Home and decor

Beauty and wellness

Food and drinks

Sports and outdoors


Kids and babies

Books and publishers

Pets and animals


In addition, Wix offers themes designed for specific industries, including:




Creative arts

…And more.

Lastly, BigCommerce offers 14 free themes and more than 220 paid ones. These typically require a one-time payment between $195 – $400.

Themes are organized into industries, including:

Animals and pets

Arts and crafts

Automotive and industrial

Books and entertainment

Electronics and computers

Fashion and jewelry

Food and beverage

Gifts and specialty

Health and beauty

Home and garden

Sports and recreation

Toys and games

Themes are also organized by the type of content you might publish/ inventory you might sell, for example:



Large images

Mega navigation

New releases

Optimized for large catalogs

Optimized for small catalogs

Shopify vs Wix vs BigCommerce: My Final Thoughts

So that brings us to the end of my Shopify vs Wix vs BigCommerce review!

At first glance, this head-to-head may have one clear winner. But the best option for you really does depend on the needs of your business, so I recommend using each one’s free trial/freemium package to test them yourself.

However, here’s a quick recap of my key takeaways to help you make your final decision:

Consider Shopify if you want:

A website builder built with ecommerce in mind

An easy-to-use platform

Access to 12 free themes and hundreds of paid ones

Access to an excellent selection of in-built features

Access to an extensive app store

Consider Wix if you want:

Access to 900+ free customizable themes

An intuitive drag-and-drop editor

A freemium plan to test Wix for as long as you need

A personal/portfolio website or small eCommerce store

Consider BigCommerce if you want:

A builder aimed at more experienced users

To manage multiple eCommerce stores from one dashboard

Access to tons of built-in, sophisticated eCommerce tools

A platform aimed at businesses that plan to scale

That’s all from me! Now it’s time to hear from you: Have you decided between Shopify vs Wix vs BigCommerce? Let us know in the comments below.

Further reading 📚

Shopify vs Squarespace vs Wix (2023): The Battle of The Website Builders

BigCommerce vs Shopify (2023): The Ultimate Comparison

Wix vs Shopify (2023): Which is the Absolute Best?

Wix vs BigCommerce (2023): Which Comes Out on Top?

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