Working in Public: Big Cartel’s Roadmap

Ready to learn what’s coming to Big Cartel in 2021? We keep a list of in-progress features over on our help site, but in case you come here for updates, we want you to be in the loop. We listened to shop owners about what features would make their days easier, dreamt about what could make Big Cartel better and stronger, and then came up with this list.

What’s Coming

More payment options at checkout: The most commonly requested payment processing option for Big Cartel shops is a “pay later” option. While PayPal’s added some options that accomplish this goal, we’re also working with Stripe to give you and your customers access to Afterpay.

Automatic discounts: Who doesn’t enjoy having fewer codes to remember? Automatic discounts will also allow for scenarios like a volume discount that won’t interfere with someone’s ability to use a code for free shipping. Your customers will love this.

More product images: While five product images can be ample for many online shops, some businesses are finding more ways to visually share their story and products. Others are maximizing their designs with different sizes, colors, or other product variations, and more images will help their customers buy with confidence.

iOS and Android app updates: We’re plugging away at updates to our mobile apps to help you manage your store from anywhere. In addition to design and navigation updates that are easier to use, we’re adding Product Drafts and overall faster and more reliable functionality.

What already launched in 2021

In case you missed any of our recent updates, we’ve already launched or improved some features in 2021 that we think are pretty cool. Here’s the latest to get you up to speed:

Refresh of the Design area: Designing your shop is now a whole lot easier, thanks to more robust editing tools, images hosted right here on Big Cartel, mobile editing, and the ability to save your progress without publishing.

Sunsetting the Titanium plan: We simplified our lineup and made our biggest plan a lower price than before, without sacrificing any features.

Improved shipping settings: Now shops can use our location-specific Shipping Profiles with an added layer of detail, thanks to optional product overrides.

Subscriptions with fulfillment tools: Collect monthly subscriptions from your devoted fans, either as donations, or in exchange for recurring shipments of new or favorite products.

Sarah Anderson

Marketing at Big Cartel. Loud talker, maker at City of Industry. Semi-professional aunt. Pretty psyched about all of it.

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