The 5 Best Ecommerce Platforms for Large Companies in 2021

By Dan Barraclough | Updated: 26 May 2021

We’ve carried out in-depth research into the best ecommerce platforms for large companies, and the results are in…


In this chaotic COVID era, you don’t have time to search for and test different software yourself. That’s why we’ve conducted extensive research into the best ecommerce platforms for large companies, rigorously testing them and creating unique overall ratings out of five for each one.

We finalised our ratings by hand-testing each platform’s sales tools and website functions, and examining their inventory management and marketing features, paying particular attention to their multi-channel integrations. For large companies, these are the most important areas of ecommerce.

Below, you’ll find a quick overview of the five platforms that topped our research results, followed by individual reviews and real life examples of large companies using that platform.

The best ecommerce platforms for large companies:

Ecommerce platformBest forLarge business price plan Bespoke plan?Overall rating /5
BigCommerceBest for international growth£220/monthBigCommerce Enterprise4.4
ShopifyBest for inventory management£219/monthShopify Plus4.3
WixBest value for money£22/month4.2
WooCommerceBest for building a store from scratch Custom pricingAlready bespoke4.1
SquareBest for simplicity£54/month4.0

BigCommerce (4.4/5)

Best for international growth

toyota bigcommerce screenshot
Toyota – BigCommerce customer

BigCommerce review

Used by household names like Ben and Jerry’s and Toyota, BigCommerce is clearly one of the best ecommerce platforms for large companies.

In our testing, we were impressed by its seamless integration with all the main social media channels, plus Amazon and eBay, which could help your store reach enormous audiences across the globe.

BigCommerce also provides lots of SEO (search engine optimisation) guidance while you’re uploading products, so you can improve your site’s visibility on Google’s results pages. Your business can scale even further by signing up to the bespoke ‘Enterprise’ plan, with pricing based on your annual sales figures.

Don’t forget, these are all in-built features that are being continually updated, so there are no unexpected costs to worry about – unlike with Shopify, which relies on third party apps for some ecommerce functions. Another plus for BigCommerce is that, in contrast to Shopify, BigCommerce waives its own transaction fees. 

Though it dropped points due to our research participants finding it difficult to use, and restrictive in terms of design flexibility, BigCommerce’s significant advantages mean it’s still the best ecommerce platform for large companies.

Pros:

  • Offers a wider choice of in-built features than any other platform, helping your business grow without unexpected costs
  • Brilliant SEO prompts and tips when you’re adding products
  • Superb multi-channel integration, exposing your business to billions of active users worldwide

X Cons:

  • Editing interface could be much easier to navigate, and there is no ‘undo’ button for anything other than text updates
  • The only platform that doesn’t provide a mobile app to help you grow on the go
  • Relatively restrictive design control

BigCommerce pricing

BigCommerce offers a 15-day free trial period and three price plans, with the ‘Pro’ plan aimed at large companies. It also offers an ‘Enterprise’ plan for businesses earning over £300k per year, with custom pricing.

It’s worth noting that BigCommerce is the only platform that requires certain revenue brackets for your business to qualify for each plan.

PlanCost (billed annually)What you’ll getRequired revenue (past 12 months)
Pro£220/monthFilter products with colour and size variants

Dedicated SSL security

Google review on your site

0% transaction fees

£130k – £300k
EnterpriseCustom pricingPriority customer support

API support

Price lists

0% transaction fees

99.99% web hosting uptime

£300k+
BigCommerce is designed to help large companies like yours grow across the globe Start Selling on BigCommerce

Shopify (4.3/5)

Best for inventory management

heinz shopify screenshot
Heinz – Shopify customer

Shopify review

Currently supporting the websites for Heinz and The Economist, Shopify is another heavy-hitting platform.

That’s no surprise when you consider Shopify’s powerful and user-friendly inventory management features. We particularly liked how you can upload multiple products at once, generate daily revenue reports, and view all your multi-channel sales in one place.

Shopify’s multi-channel selling is excellent – enabling you to sell via Facebook, Amazon, Instagram, and more – but you will have to install additional apps to do so (in contrast to BigCommerce). You’ll also need to install an app if you want to sell subscription-based products.

While Shopify supports an impressive 100+ payment processors, making it easier for your business to make sales across the globe, you’ll need to pay transaction fees unless you use Shopify Payments (again, unlike BigCommerce). You can get even more information in our full Shopify review.

Pros:

  • Powerful and customisable inventory management features to make your company’s growth even easier
  • Offers the best sales-specific features of any platform we tested
  • Far more user-friendly than BigCommerce

X Cons:

  • Transaction fees imposed unless you use Shopify Payments (unlike BigCommerce)
  • Required to reformat your entire site should you change templates after going live
  • Costs of installing apps can quickly soar

Shopify pricing

Similar to BigCommerce, one of Shopify’s three price plans is aimed at large companies, while it also offers a bespoke plan, ‘Shopify Plus’, for businesses generating £1,500 or more per month in revenue:

PlanCost (billed annually)What you’ll get
Advanced Shopify£219/month

0.5% transaction fees (unless using Shopify Payments)

Advanced reports

Third-party calculated shipping rates

Shopify PlusCustom pricing

Support 10,000 transactions per minute

Manage up to 10 stores at once

Shopify Plus Academy training guides and customer support

Shopify has incredible inventory management tools to help your large business scale Start selling on Shopify

Wix (4.2/5)

Best value for money

logmein wix homepage
LogMeIn – Wix customer

Wix review

Ensuring the success of your large business means cutting costs where you can, which is where Wix comes in. Its value for money also makes it an excellent alternative to Shopify.

Wix is far cheaper than BigCommerce and Shopify, and provides SEO guides, intuitive design tools, and access to the Ecwid app (costing £0–£99 per month, on top of your Wix subscription, depending on the size of your store), which gives your site powerful ecommerce tools to rival the more expensive platforms – all on a £22 per month price plan, which is actually Wix’s most expensive. You can read more about its pricing in our full Wix Ecommerce review.

Like Shopify, Wix relies on third party apps for most of its multi-channel integration, which will increase your monthly costs. It’s also worth remembering that you’ll be unable to switch templates after you’ve gone live, but you are able to preview your site before publishing.

Pros:

  • Offers more creative freedom than Shopify and BigCommerce, allowing you to build and convey your brand message with ease
  • Add product videos to help improve the customer’s experience
  • More affordable than BigCommerce and Shopify

X Cons:

  • The amount of creative freedom can become a hindrance when trying to adhere to ecommerce best practice
  • Relies on apps for most of its multi-channel integration
  • Syncing your physical inventory is harder than on Shopify or BigCommerce

Wix pricing

Wix offers a 14-day free trial period and three ecommerce-specific plans. The most suitable plan for large companies is the Business VIP plan (remember you can install the ECWID app for extra ecommerce functionality):

PlanCost (billed annually)What you’ll get
Business VIP£22/month

50GB storage

Unlimited video footage hours

Priority response on Wix Answers

VIP support

Collect 3,000 customer reviews

Wix is brilliant value for money and can help your large business cut costs Start selling on Wix

WooCommerce (4.1/5)

Best for building a store from scratch

all blacks shop woocommerce screenshot
All Blacks Shop – WooCommerce customer

WooCommerce review

WooCommerce is the ecommerce plugin that turns your WordPress site into a powerful online store.  As an open-source platform, it’s free to install and you can build a totally unique website from scratch, as long as you know how to code, or hire a web developer to help you.

Unlike using website builders (that’s every other platform on this article), you’ll need to source and pay for your own web hosting (we recommend Bluehost), security, and domain name.  You’ll also need to handle all your site’s updates and maintenance, but that should be simple work for your IT department.

That said, WooCommerce is not for tech beginners, but it does offer limitless customisation, which can help you create a truly bespoke website without relying on templates.

Pros:

  • Limitless customisation, allowing you to create a truly unique online store
  • Free to install (but you’ll have recurring costs to consider like web hosting, security, and other apps)

X Cons:

  • By far the least beginner-friendly platform we tested
  • Self-hosted platform which means you’ll need to handle all the updates and maintenance yourself

WooCommerce pricing

As an open-source platform, WooCommerce offers no set price plans. It’s free to install, but you’ll need to pay for different services in order to build a successful online store:

  • Web hosting (we recommend Bluehost at £14 per month)
  • Domain name (£10 per year)
  • Security (£8 per year)
  • Themes (£0 to £100+)
  • Other plugins (£0 to £300+per year)
  • Web developer fees (£70+ per hour)
WooCommerce enables you to create a truly unique online store for your large business start selling on woocommerce

Square (4.0/5)

Best for simplicity

the salon square screenshot
The Salon – Square customer

Square review

In stark contrast to WooCommerce is Square, the all-in-one package that’s ideal for time-conscious users.

It's the best ecommerce platform for large companies that need a new website built within an hour, and don’t mind using one brand (Square) to provide both the online store and payment processor. Square packs a punch for such a simple platform, offering multi-channel integration, abandoned cart recovery emails, and excellent revenue and traffic reports. 

However, it does appear quite restrictive when you consider its limited design options, and its single available payment processor (you can install PayPal on the most expensive price plans, though), which isn’t ideal for large companies.

Pros:

  • Easiest platform to use when you don’t stray far from the site’s generated design
  • In-built insight dashboard providing data on sales, customer journeys, and recovered sales via abandoned cart emails
  • Excellent marketing features for such a simple platform

X Cons:

  • Lacks prompts and tips to help you get started
  • There are no templates so you are restricted to the site’s generic design
  • Expensive transaction fees if you don’t use Square’s payment processor

Square pricing

While it’s one of the best free ecommerce platforms, we recommend that you sign up to at least the ‘Premium’ plan, which is aimed at large companies:

PlanCost (billed annually)What you’ll get

Premium

£54/month

Customer reviews

Instagram and Pinterest integration

Abandoned cart recovery emails

1.75% transaction fee for European cards

2.9% transaction fee for non-European cards

Square is the ideal solution for your large business if you're stuck for time start selling on square

Expert verdict

Following an extensive period of research and testing, we’ve selected and reviewed the best ecommerce platforms for large companies available in the UK. You may already know which platform is right for you, but let’s recap the top three…

BigCommerce is our top recommendation, and is the best option for international growth, providing everything you need to scale your business as an in-built feature.

In close second is Shopify and its superb inventory management tools, followed by Wix and its combination of affordable price plans and impressive ecommerce features.

The main reason these are the best ecommerce platforms for large companies is because they provide multi-channel integration. This feature is crucial for your business in reaching new audiences across the world and boosting sales, which is what running a large company is all about.

Dan Barraclough

Dan’s a Senior Writer at Expert Market, specialising in digital marketing, web design, and photocopiers, amongst other topics.

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