Category: BigCommerce

BigCommerce App-Alooza! Top-Rated BigCommerce Apps for 2017

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Are you looking to make improvements to your BigCommerce store? We recently published an article called “Shopify’s Greatest Hits! 8 Best-Reviewed Apps for 2017”, so we thought we’d provide a similar resource (different apps!) to our BigCommerce friends.

As we stated in that article, the needs of individual businesses vary widely. No time to check out BigCommerce’s App Store? Here’s a quick run-down of some current top-reviewed BigCommerce apps by category.

 

Accounting App: Discount Manager

Discount Manager schedules sales in your online store to run automatically. Enter discounts that turn on an off when you want, saving time and trouble.

Key Features

  • Sale price can be fixed or percentage of the product’s price.
  • Retail price will be shown on your web store, crossed out to show savings.
  • Eliminates using coupons to start and end your promotions and sales.

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  • Price: $12.95 – $18.95/mo.
  • Free trial: 7 days

 

Advertising App: LeadDyno

LeadDyno quickly and easily builds a team of affiliates to resell your product … and turns your customers into affiliates, too.

Key Features

  • Fast sign up page which can be fully customized, branded, and embedded directly on your website.
  • Upload banner ads, import your marketing copy and materials, and help affiliates create their own custom links to specific product pages and subdomains.
  • Pay affiliates automatically or with “one-click” approval using Paypal, Dwolla or Coinbase.

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  • Price: $29/mo.
  • Free trial: 30 days

 

Customer Feedback App: Picreel Exit Offer

Picreel recovers abandoning visitors and turns them into customers using targeted offers. Increase your sales, build lists, conduct customer surveys, and more.

Key Features

  • Track visitors’ mouse/scroll movements in real time and then display an offer when they navigate away from valuable content.
  • Use Picreel’s design templates or create your own offers that will be displayed based on the business rules you set.
  • Know everything from visits to conversions with insight analytics.

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  • Price: $19.99 – $399.00/mo.
  • Free trial: 30 days

 

Email Marketing App: InStockNotify

Stop losing sales! InStockNotify helps create relationships with potential new customers by automatically notifying them when a product is back in stock.

Key Features

  • Increase sales by seeing which products your customers are most interested in.
  • Send customized emails, and see when they’ve been read.
  • Exports data to .csv format.

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  • Price: $17.99/mo.
  • Free trial: 15 days

 

Inventory App: Lead Commerce

When you’re ready to get serious about your inventory, warehousing, and order management, Lead Commerce is your go-to solution.

Key Features

  • Powerful quoting and inventory features.
  • Multichannel: Sell your products on third party sites like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy, and easily track them in the back office.
  • Customize your quotes & invoices with Autoresponders functionality.

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  • Price: Varies per number of users
  • Free trial: 60 days
  • Integrations: BigCommerce, Shopify, Amazon, eBay, WooCommerce, ShipStation via our ecommerce connectors

 

Marketing App: Sweet Tooth Loyalty

Sweet Tooth creates custom loyalty programs to reward your shoppers with points. Happy customers increase your revenue, retention, and referrals.

Key Features

  • Create a loyalty program that works on every online shopping device — desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet.
  • Customize your loyalty program to incentivize purchases, registrations, referrals, social sharing, and more.
  • Allow your best customers to earn points faster in different V.I.P tiers.


 
 
 
 
 

  • Price: Free up to 500 members. Larger plans range from $59 – $399+/mo.

 

Shipping App: Aftership

Aftership gains customers’ trust and makes them happy with automatic delivery status updates. Developers can add tracking functionality easily.

Key Features

  • Send delivery notifications to engage your customers after sales.
  • Allow customers to view delivery status in one click on customizable tracking pages.
  • Find out about delivery exceptions and take action before it’s too late.

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  • Price: Free up to 100 shipments/mo; $10 for 100-100K shipments/mo., custom pricing for orders exceeding 100K/mo.

 

Product Reviews App: Yotpo

Yotpo generates reviews, photos, and user-generated content to drive qualified traffic, increase conversion rates, and boost sales.

Key Features

  • Review-request emails use proprietary technology backed by data science to get 9x more reviews.
  • Optimized for mobile: Users can leave reviews without ever leaving their email app.
  • “Retention and Engagement Suite” uses coupons, community Q&A, and review responses to engage and entice customers to keep coming back.

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  • Price: Basic version is free; premium features available at additional cost.
  • Free trial: 14 days

 

Didn’t see your favorite app listed here? Would you add or subtract one or more? We’d love to hear about it and connect with you on our Twitter page. If this list has inspired you to visit BigCommerce’s App Store and you did not find an app that provided the functionality you need, learn more about Inkblot Digital’s custom development solutions for BigCommerce or contact us. We love to help ecommerce stores be freaking awesome.

Need Help with Your Online Store?

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If you’re like most entrepreneurs, running your own business can run you ragged. You wear all the hats, make all the decisions … it’s exhausting. But as the saying goes, you’d rather work 80 hours for yourself than 40 hours for someone else, amirite? But what happens when 80 hours becomes 100 hours, or 120 hours? When you’re constantly busy but not feeling like you’re making progress? When your dog AND your kids both snap at you? You’ve put in all the sweat equity you can afford, but it’s still not enough?

If you started an ecommerce business thinking it was your ticket to Easy Street, you have certainly found out otherwise by now.

Starting an online store on a platform designed for small to midsize businesses certainly seemed like the way to go, because who can afford a fully custom site? Relatively easy setup, low cost point of entry, and the default settings met all your basic needs, right?. Ok … some of them?

Perhaps you were told that your online store could be customized, but you’ve no doubt discovered that your shopping platform’s help desk will not help with that. Have you tried hiring a web developer who really didn’t know anything about ecommerce and you ended up paying dearly for their learning curve, only to find that they couldn’t deliver?

And what about routine maintenance — are your backups reliable? Are your product photos and content updated regularly? Is your site running slowly and you don’t know why? Are 404 errors driving you crazy?

If you’re struggling or are simply unsatisfied with your online store and don’t know where else to turn, what you need is an ecommerce development expert.
“But why outsource when I should be able to do it myself?” you ask?

 
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Reasons to Get Outside Help for Your Online Store

 
 
 

  1. Running your ecommerce business is already a full-time job, and you want to spend more time with your family and/or occasionally binge-watch Netflix.
  2. You can’t afford even a part-time employee to help. Besides, you don’t know enough or have the time to train someone else.
  3. Site upkeep is no fun and you hate it; consequently, you neglect to do certain tasks that usually come back to bite you later when you’re in crisis mode.
  4. You realize that it’s not the best use of your time, that it’s better to work “on” your business rather than “in” your business.
  5. Asking your spouse or family member to help out isn’t an option because he/she already has a full-time job or other responsibilities.
  6. You want to add custom functionality to your store that would help with all of the above — but you don’t write code.

 

“If there is a aspect of my business that I don’t like working on, I usually end up outsourcing it. As a founder you can focus your efforts on the aspects that you enjoy while hiring out the rest.” Nathan Resnick, Founder of Sourcify

“In my mind, the bottom line is that everyone outsources. Unless you grow, harvest, and process your own food, make your own clothes from fibers you’ve produced and spun, build your own house, create your own power sources, and are completely independent from the long chain of people in the manufacturing economy, you’re paying other people to do that which you do not want to do, don’t want to make time to do, or lack the skills to do. In the modern word, specialization is the norm.” J.D. Roth

 

There comes a point (usually much sooner than most entrepreneurs are willing to admit), when it all becomes too much. When you have more work than you can handle, but not quite enough to hire a full or even part-time employee, outsourcing to an ecommerce expert may be just what you need. Check out Inkblot Digital’s Store Support service for BigCommerce, Lead Commerce, Shopify, and Volusion stores.

 

How does our Store Support work?

You can use our service in three ways:

  • Pay by the hour (Hourly: for very short jobs or emergencies)
  • Pay for a set number of hours per month on a one-time basis (On Demand: for longer, one-time tasks)
  • Pay for a set number of hours on a recurring basis (Recurring Monthly: for continuous support and priority service)

Pssst … sidebar … Our Recurring Monthly packages are really something to shout about. Not only do you get our very best hourly rates, but the following features are included free

  • Priority Service
  • Monthly backup (including template)
  • Site Downtime Status Report
  • Missing Title Tags Report
  • Broken Links Report

What kinds of services could I use this for? Can you give me some more examples?

  • Making changes to website layout and styling
  • Adding custom coding & functionality
  • Updating content & graphics
  • Managing product & store configuration
  • Providing graphic design for site banners
  • Providing ecommerce consulting
  • Optimizing website speed
  • Restoring backups when code changes cause templates to break
  • Integrating external services such as Google Analytics, a third-party reviews system, or other tools
  • Building custom API integrations to allow better management of your ecommerce store

 
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Store Support = Life Support

Think of our Store Support as your part-time help desk or outsourced internal development team.

Life is too short to spend time doing things you’d be better off not doing yourself. Let us help you shoulder the burden. Contact Inkblot Digital today and let’s find out how we can make your online business — and your life — easier.

Get More From Your Online Store

Is your ecommerce website just … average?

Is your back office inefficient?

Is managing your online store overwhelming?

 

Inkblot Digital at your service! At Inkblot Digital, our ecommerce developers specialize in creating custom code applications that add needed functionality to your shopping platform, along with providing store support services to lighten your load.

Not only have we recently redesigned our website (woot woot!), we have consolidated our service offering to focus on three areas: Store Customization, Ecommerce Connectors, and Store Support. This change enables us to dive deeper into BigCommerce, Lead Commerce, Shopify, and Volusion platforms and offer custom solutions and service specific to the ecommerce community. Need a quick fix or an extra pair of hands so you can get back to business? Here’s what we do best:

 

Store Customization

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Is your “off the shelf” ecommerce website not quite cutting it? Are you missing key functionality that would set you apart from your competitors and improve user experience? Are you having trouble finding a developer who knows your platform well enough to make the changes you need (You do know you can add features to your shopping platform, right? Just checking …). Our development experts love creating custom solutions for ecommerce stores.

Enhancement possibilities are endless with imagination and custom code. Choose a pre-built app from our Store Mod Marketplace or a custom solution — which one is right for you?

 
 
 

Ecommerce Connectors

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Inkblot makes your life easier by designing ecommerce connectors that integrate your back office software with platforms like Amazon, eBay, and ShipStation. Would you like make your business run more efficiently? If so, why wait? Integrate. Connecting your systems is an important yet complicated process, but one that could be vital to your long-term success by allowing you to spend more time working on your business, not in your business.

We’ve built connectors that hook up Lead Commerce with other platforms, but we can integrate many other platforms to your specifications. Choose one of our existing connectors or have us create one just for you.

 

Store Support

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Wouldn’t it be great if you had easy access to ongoing assistance with your ecommerce store? Managing things like template changes, handling 404s and 301 redirects, adding pages and products, and JavaScript customization take valuable time. Our Store Support Packages provide an easy way to pay for our services and are the perfect solution for busy online store owners. We offer three service package levels for BigCommerce, Lead Commerce, Shopify, and Volusion stores. Plus, Monthly Recurring packages come with our Automated Backup Tool and site monitoring service free!

All web developers are not created equal. Our developers are ecommerce experts who know what to do when you just need to get it done. And in case you were wondering, we are 100% U.S. based.
 

How Can We Help?

Find out how your store can be AWESOMIZED! Contact us today at inkblotdigital.com and let’s talk about how we can help you get more from your online store.

Inkblot Digital: Your Ecommerce Development Experts.

Customize Your BigCommerce Sliders!

So you’ve read our posts about the importance of page load speed, especially on mobile, right? [If you haven’t, check out Who Cares How Fast Your Bigcommerce Mobile Site Loads? and Introducing Responslider: A New Bigcommerce App from Inkblot Digital.] What we haven’t mentioned yet is that not only does our Responslider app optimize your BigCommerce carousel sliders, it allows you to customize them too!

That’s right, in addition to allowing you to load perfectly sized slider images to improve home page load speed, you can load completely different images to better suit image dimensions or unique marketing strategies for each mobile device.

Let’s say you want to have a large image of tacos on your site (because really, who wouldn’t?). You picked this image because it’s nice and wide and is photographed so beautifully that you can almost smell and taste them. Yum.

Optimized Slider Images

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In this example, the original image had blank space on the right that was well suited for the tagline “Mmmm … tacos.” As the image gets cropped and resized down to optimal smartphone size, the original look/feel is greatly compromised. Wouldn’t an image that is organically portrait size be better suited for this?

Customized Slider Images

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Vive la difference! Different images were chosen for each device size, which has the added benefit of providing a unique experience for each device a viewer might be using.

So, form over function, or vice-versa? Who cares? Our tacos are being seen in all their crunchy glory … and fast! Visit Responslider’s site for more information on how purchasing Responslider can improve your BigCommerce store. Monthly plans start at only $9.99/mo, the sacrifice of just a couple of tacos. Hey now …

New Resource: Ultimate Guide to Google Analytics for BigCommerce Stores

Imagine sailing across the ocean without any instruments, a GPS, or even a star chart. You might know where you want to wind up but have no idea if you are track for getting there or whether you are making progress at all. Probably not the best idea.

Yet every single day, thousands of ecommerce store owners are navigating their online business blindly, since they do not have Google Analytics properly set up or are not using the invaluable data at their fingertips. They are effectively navigating without using their instrument panels. Critical to managing your BigCommerce store is understanding what is happening, how users are engaging, where traffic is coming from, and what is and isn’t working.

We know that this isn’t easy to do. That is why we are excited to announce our newest resource: the Ultimate Guide to Google Analytics for BigCommerce Stores.

This guide will walk you through setup, integration, goal/conversion tracking, advanced configuration, and frequently asked questions.

We hope this helps you along the way and proves to be a great resource for BigCommerce store managers.

Who Cares How Fast Your BigCommerce Mobile Site Loads?

Two words: Google does.

The end.

Just kidding … but not really.

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If you keep up with the latest data on how user experience affects conversion rate optimization and SEO, you’ve probably read about page load speed being one of the ingredients in Google’s “secret recipe” for determining whether your site is a quality result for a user’s search query — and that includes your mobile experience too. In short, fast-loading sites make search customers happy, and happy customers help bring in mad advertising revenue for Google.

Case closed. Wait … not yet.

The Dilemma

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Before a customer can see your products, your content, learn about your awesome philosophy, or experience your phenomenal customer service, they have to get to your site first. Your homepage is often the main point of entry for your website. If a user gets impatient with the length of time it takes for this page to load, they will most likely give up and go elsewhere, which is a complete waste of the effort you took to get them that far in the first place. Studies have shown that even a 1-second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions (check out this great infographic from Kissmetrics).

Plus, if the bounce rate for this very important page is high, Google starts to get concerned, and your sliding rankings will show it.

Yikes.

Attention, BigCommerce Users!

If you are a BigCommerce store owner and your home page features carousel slider images, the size of these images can be a problem for load time right off the bat. The large images that exist on the desktop version of your site are the same images that will be used every time your home page loads on a tablet or smartphone, causing it to respond slowly.

The image sizes you’ve chosen for the sliders may be awesome for a large, high resolution, desktop experience, but what about on a tablet or a smartphone? It’s hard to visualize how something large can be successfully squeezed into a tiny container in the real world, but this is something that can definitely happen in the digital world … at a cost. Your images will indeed be loaded and resized, usually without distortion, but this takes time, and time is something you do not have when your customer is waiting.

“But — my store is mobile friendly! Why is this happening?” Unfortunately, “friendly” and “optimized” are two different things. Implementing a responsive template — which is something you absolutely should do —  is just the first step in ensuring that your mobile customers have a good shopping experience. So while your site may be “mobile responsive” it’s not device optimized.

What Does “Device Optimized” Mean?

When a site is device optimized, it has been configured to run optimally on various devices. It is more than just adapting to a device’s screen; it is optimized for it. While choosing a responsive template generally handles basic formatting issues, the images on a site remain at their original sizes, which is not a problem if you’re not concerned with page speed … which of course, you are.

There is an optimal slider image size for each device a user can view your site on, whether it be desktop, tablet, or any kind of smartphone screen. Ideally, you should be loading the correctly sized slider image (i.e., loading a 400 pixel image on a 400 pixel phone instead of a 2,000 pixel image on a 400 pixel phone) for every mobile device.

When the right-sized image loads on a device, page loads are fast, which makes customers really happy. Unfortunately, BigCommerce has no built-in tools to fix this problem.

What Can I Do?

Here are two options:

Option A: Pay, Pay, Pay … and Pay Some More

Pay an experienced ecommerce developer (provided you can find one) to help you. If (and that’s a big “if”) this developer understands the problem and knows how to fix it, you can expect to pay him or her for at least several hours of development time now, and again every time you want to change the images on your site for a special sale or promotion.

If you paid this developer $75/hour for four hours of initial work — a very low estimate — and an additional one to two hours every time you ran a promotion (say, once a month), you’d be paying well over $1000 per year just to maintain your sliders. Ouch.

Option B: DIY … and Save!

Install Inkblot Digital’s Responslider for BigCommerce, which automates the development process and puts the control of your website in your hands, where it belongs. Our coding experts have done the work for you, enabling you to easily upload the right-sized carousel images for every device, making page load time super speedy.

Responslider has been shown to increase home page load times by 20%. With plans starting at just $9.99/month, what have you got to lose, except maybe two overpriced lattes?

 

After Responslider

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Now that’s more like it.

Responslider gets you back in the ecommerce race — and keeps you there. For more information, please visit Responslider’s site.

The end. For real.

This article is dedicated to Elisha Avne, our in-house sloth enthusiast.

Introducing Responslider: A New BigCommerce App from Inkblot Digital

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  • Do your home page sliders load slowly on mobile?
  • Are you frustrated by your high bounce rate?
  • Are you looking for a way to help improve your conversions and make more money?

 

Responslider to the Rescue!

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Responslider makes your site load faster by enabling you to upload correctly sized slider images for every device with no coding required — and no squeezing!

Speed Kills

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Even a fraction of a second can be the difference between a visitor abandoning your site or staying and making a purchase. Responslider allows you to reach the optimal page speed for each user’s device, thereby improving user experience and retention rate. Your page load time will be faster, making customers happy and increasing conversions.

 
 

Good for Your Customers … and SEO Too

Responslider is the perfect app for store owners who know how important user experience is to conversions. Google and other search engines like happy customers too, which can translate into improved site credibility and rankings. Search engines want to deliver the best possible search results, which include sites that load fast on any device.

 
 

Affordable and Easy to Use

With two monthly plans to choose from, you can improve your site performance for about the cost of lunch for you and a friend at In-N-Out (Wait … did we lose you on that part? It’ll be worth it, really!). Responslider’s easy-to-use interface requires no coding experience. If you know how to upload a photo, you can use Responslider! Just resize your image using any free online resizing tool and you’re good to go. It’s that simple.

There are no contracts or long-term agreements. What have you got to lose but your slow page loads? Give Responslider a try today.

 
 

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BigCommerce Announces New Stencil Theme Engine

BigCommerce recently announced their latest upgrade: a templating engine which powers stores built on their ecommerce platform — and store owners should be thrilled. This upgrade, named Stencil, opens the door for all sorts of new opportunities for their stores. The level of flexibility and power for your BigCommerce store is going to be drastically improved.

 

What is Stencil?

Stencil is the framework or template engine behind your BigCommerce store. This is what takes your data and settings and brings them to life in a functional ecommerce website. While the existing template engine was fairly flexible compared to many other platforms, it was due for an overhaul to allow stores to improve their storefronts. Introducing: Stencil.

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Stencil is far more than an HTML template with shortcodes. It is a dynamic framework that leverages several modern technologies to create a powerful and flexible website. Stencil builds on the flexible Handlebars.js template system that uses javascript to compile the page together with YAML front matter, making data points available as templates are compiled. SASS/ SCSS will allow you to more rapidly push styling changes across the store. The combination of these technologies and other enhancements that BigCommerce has added on top of it all will create a powerful development environment that will allow for great customization.

 

What are some of Stencil’s Top Features?

While it is early on, some of the initial features of Stencil that really stand out are:

  • Greater customization and flexibility in terms of store design
  • Conditional templating (i.e., if a customer belongs to Group A, show this)
  • Faster customized page speed (due to the fact that much of store customization will now be handled by servers instead of browsers)
  • Local theme testing

 

What does Stencil mean for BigCommerce Stores?

Technical improvements aside, Stencil could make a big impact on stores. Here are a few of the things we are excited about:

  • Engage customers better
  • Tailor your store to your unique context
  • Offer more flexible, dynamic experiences to visitors
  • Implement custom functionality that does not slow the page load
  • Experiment more freely on how to improve conversion rates

 

Over the coming weeks we will break down the different technologies behind Stencil, outline what these mean for your store beyond having to upgrade your theme coding, dream with you about the possibilities for better user experience and conversions, and discuss how to take advantage of it all. Stay tuned.

Feel free to check out our BigCommerce Stencil Theme Engine page to discover more about how you can implement and customize this exciting new technology.

How to Add a WordPress Blog to your Bigcommerce Store

Despite the addition of an integrated blogging feature in Bigcommerce earlier this year, many store owners still want the power and flexibility of a WordPress blog for their website. While you cannot install WordPress onto Bigcommerce’ servers to fully integrate the code into the Bigcommerce system, it is possible to have it function together well with your online store.

Integrate WordPress into your Bigcommerce Store

How it Works

Effectively you have to set the blog up on a subdomain (ie blog.yourbigcommercestore.com) that is hosted elsewhere. By doing so, you can control the environment to be able to install WordPress onto the server and modify as desired. In doing so, there will be 2 sites (store & blog) running on 2 platforms (Bigcommerce & WordPress) hosted on 2 servers (Bigcommerce server & other) all creating 1 unified experience.

This allows you to take advantage of the flexibility of WordPress for your blog while retaining the power of Bigcommerce for your online store.

The image below demonstrate what this looks like.

WordPress Blog on a Subdomain

How to Integrate WordPress & your Bigcommerce Store

Step 1: Set up your Hosting

The first step is to set up a hosting account (unless you already have one you can use) with a website hosting company. Typically people use GoDaddy, Bluehost or a similar hosting service. We highly recommend Bluehost for use with this.

Quick Disclaimer: we are a Bluehost affiliate and do get a minor commission if you click on that link but most hosting companies offer similar programs and we choose Bluehost because we have had great experiences using them ourselves for over 8 years.

The hosting account is where website files are stored and the server-side code is run (WordPress is built on PHP which is processed by the server). You will want to host on a Linux server as IIS is more complicated to set WordPress up on and is not recommended.

Step 2: Install & Configure WordPress

Most hosting companies now have easy “single click” installations of WordPress. This means that the hosting company has an automated process to help you with this installation.

When adding WordPress onto a subdomain you will want to set that up prior to beginning this installation process.

Be sure to install WordPress onto the subdomain you have set up for your store (and not onto some other location). This process is quite simple with the only other key to success really being that you need to remember the username and password you set up.

Step 3: Change your DNS Settings

Once ready, you need to make the necessary changes to point the subdomain at your WordPress hosting. If you are not familiar with DNS, this process effectively maps the location of your website’s subdomain to the server where your blog resides.

Most of you will have pointed your domain’s nameservers at Bigcommerce. In that case, you will likely want to set up an A record to point at the IP address of your self-hosted WordPress blog. If you don’t know how to find that, just call or chat with your hosting company’s support team.

To set up the DNS records on Bigcommerce:

  1. Login to your Bigcommerce store dashboard as an Administrator
  2. Go to Setup & Tools > DNS Records
  3. Add an A Record where your “Fully Qualified Host” is your new blog subdomain (ie blog.yourbigcommercestore.com) and your “Value” is the IP Address you tracked down for the hosting server

Bigcommerce DNS Settings

DNS setups can be very complicated and vary widely. We highly recommend you ensure you know what you are doing (and take note of current settings) prior to making any changes.

Note: propagation (the process of these changes pushing to servers around the world) can take up to 72 hours but typically you will see this change within a couple hours.

 

That’s it! It’s time to implement all those blogging and content marketing plans.

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Why Would You Want to Use WordPress with your Bigcommerce Store?

There are many great reasons to use WordPress to host you blog (or other content). Here are some of the top ones:

  • Flexibility – you have access to all the source code to make it do whatever you want
  • Ubiquity – while there are some 55,000 stores on Bigcommerce, WordPress is the platform that runs over 13 million websites around the world. Support & developers are easy to find
  • Plugins – you can choose from thousands of plugins to help with site layout, functionality, SEO optimization and much more

What if I Want a Seamless Experience?

Some of you will be content with a blog that does not match your Bigcommerce theme. Other will be looking for a much more unified experience. Your blog experience can range from totally different from your Bigcommerce store to a truly seamless experience where the user does not realize they are moving back and forth unless looking at the URL. We have worked on every range and while it takes a whole lot of work to offer a seamless integration, it can provide a really great user experience to complement your online store.

What Are the Alternatives?

There are not too many alternatives to this setup. The top contender is Bigcommerce’ built-in blogging. While it will never be as powerful as WordPress, it is a decent option. Other alternatives would be to do this exact same thing just with some other blogging platform other than WordPress.

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