Do you own a Mac, a PC, an iOS device or Android phone/tablet? And do you use their default web browser, photo-taking application, media player, or the document reader? Let me answer this for you, no. The default ones just can’t satisfy you. Do you build your online store with BigCommerce? And do you use BigCommerce’s own templates? If you do or you are new to this, it’s time to consider third-party templates as the option.
Opening an online store is never an easy task, it is even daunting to be honest, especially when it comes to the technical aspects. You as a store owner has more urgent and long-term missions to take, for example, products, customers, administration, financial. You need to take care of your website also because it is what approaches your customers first and gives them the overall impression of your business. A clear and easy-to-use interface to customers, on the other hand, is not very easy to the website owner, but you should not worry, that’s what pre-designed website templates and applications are for.
The first thing that comes to mind of the BigCommerce users is BigCommerce’s own templates and applications, found here. But why is it not very wise to choose those?
1. BigCommerce default templates are expensive
Their paid templates are from $145 to $235, most of them are 170$ or 195$ and this price also what you need to pay for a decent looking template. Smart investors never choose the cheapest options for a reason. But you are a starter, everything needs your investing and sometimes your budget just doesn’t let you have the best looking templates.
2. There are so few BigCommerce default templates to choose from
BigCommerce only features 7 free templates and 76 paid templates. This is indeed limited. Less options means it’s harder for you to pick the best suitable one for your own business and personal preferences.
3. BigCommerce default templates won’t show up them all until you sign up
If you need to preview the all the demos, you have to sign up or browsing through their blog posts. Not to mention the blogs only let you see the latest templates. While choosing a template to pick, you should not have to suffer another difficulty like this.
4. You have to wait for help
As an online store owner managing your own website, there definitely will be times when you don’t know what to do to fix a problem with the templates and applications you installed. You will ask for BigCommerce’s support and just like the other big providers, BigCommerce has a lot of customers asking for their help every single minute, with a wide range of topics including their platforms, their templates, their applications. Waiting in line like a traffic jam for the technical support stresses you out.
…And that’s the reason why wise customers choose third-party templates over!
Cheaper templates but equally beautiful and user-friendly, wider range of designs to choose from, the demos are always available and easy to access, faster Support System. The enormous amount of templates that cover all business field possible, regardless of what you sell, you can surely find a template for it, from big concrete items like furniture or motorbikes to small items like fashion accessories or mobile phones, everything you can think of is already designed out there for you by third-party template providers. With friendly interface and abundant applications, you can save your time and effort but still get a clean, professional and attractive storefront. At the same time, advance shop owners who know about codes also can build their own idea on these templates.
If you encounter a problem while setting up your website, you can refer to the full tutorials of these third-party templates. The tutorials have pictures of screen captions for better comprehension, and if that’s still not enough, videos tutorials would help you. You can also post on their forums and let the support teams answer it, other users like you are also there and they may help you with their experience or their relevant questions before yours. Along all these, the support team are always ready to help you in online chat and because third-party providers are smaller firms with less crowded customer base, you rarely have to wait for help!
So where can I find such third-party template provider?
There’s not many third-party BigCommerce template provider out there. By far, Apollotheme is the only provider that eliminates all the cons of BigCommerce default templates while keeps all the pros. There are a lot of free templates and paid templates (which has the price of $56) waiting to be released in September 2016. Meanwhile several new templates are still being updated everyday ready to publish. And if you buy templates in bulk, it’s even cheaper! Turn to Apollotheme’s memberships for this. Also you can hire Apollotheme’s developers to do modify jobs for you if you have some ideas arise.
Apollotheme is a template provider with 15 years of experience, they make Prestashop, Shopify, and BigCommerce templates, with the motto of making website design be more interesting and simple for you, Apollotheme’s developer and designer team are young, enthusiastic people who always work hard and work smart to bring down the cost and give you the amazing products with reasonable price.