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Logging In to Your Store

This guide provides instructions for logging into your BigCommerce store’s control panel where you manage products, orders, customers, and most other features of your store.

For instructions on logging into your client area to manage your account details, billing information, domain, and WHOIS information, see Account Dashboard.


Logging In

1. Go to the BigCommerce Login Page.

BigCommerce Login Page

2. Enter your full email address and your password. Unless you have already updated it, this will be the password you entered when creating the account.


Resetting your Password

To keep your account secure, it is recommended that you change your password often. BigCommerce requires you change your password every 90 days. However, if you want to change it before that or simply forgot, follow the steps below.

Resetting Your Password from the Log In Screen

1. Go to your store's login page.

2. Click the Forgot? link below the Log in button.

Forgot Link

3. Enter your email address and click Email me reset link. A message will appear after clicking to confirm that the email is on its way.


Do not click the Reset Button more than once! This will send a new password reset email which will invalidate the previous password reset email link. To ensure you are receiving the most recent reset link/email, click this button only once. If you have clicked more than once, use the most recent email you've received. 

4. Check your inbox for an email with the subject line Instructions for resetting your BigCommerce account password. If you do not see the email in your inbox within 10 minutes, check your spam or junk folder.

5. Click the Change password button in the email. You will be taken to the Reset password page.

6. Enter your new password twice, once in the field labeled New password, and again in the field labeled Retype password. Click the Reset password button.

Reset Password Screen


Who can request a password change? The password reset email will only be sent if the email address you enter is an address associated with a user account in your store.

Updating Your Password in the Control Panel

1. Go to Account SettingsChange Password.

2. Enter your current password, then enter what you'd like to change it to, and confirm. When you're done, click Update.

Change password popup in the control panel

3. You'll see a message that your account was updated successfully. Click the X icon in the upper right of the popup to close it.


Unlocking Your Account

If you entered incorrect credentials 3 times, the account will lock you out. To unlock the account, you need to go to the Need to unlock your account? screen. 

If you entered an incorrect password you will be brought to this screen. Enter the email address associated with your user account, then click Resend unlock instructions.

Login screen of a locked account

Look for an email with the subject line Instructions for unlocking your BigCommerce account. If it is not in your inbox, check your spam or junk folder.

Click the Unlock account link found in the email.

The Unlock Account email button.

You will be taken back to the login screen, this time with a message indicating that your account has been unlocked.

Login screen of an unlocked account

It is recommended that you reset your password if you can't remember it. 



If you'd like assistance from our support team with login issues, please feel free to reach out to our 24/7 phone support team. We ask that you call in for assistance with login issues, since our chat and email support require your support PIN, which you may be unable to access. You will need to provide the last 4 digits of the credit card number used for billing.
If you usually log in from, try logging in from


Need help logging in with SSO? The following troubleshooting steps are for users with standard logins. SSO users should contact your Identity Provider administrator for help or issues related to logging in with SSO.

Forgot Email Address

If you're not sure which email address is connected to your user account, please reach out to our support team by phone so that we may assist you. You will need to provide the credit card number used to pay for the account.

Account is Locked

If you've attempted to log in multiple times but your credentials have been rejected, you will be locked out of your account for 30 minutes. You can wait for 30 minutes then try again (or click Forgot?) or follow the steps in Unlocking Your User Account to unlock your account immediately.

Unable to Log in (User)

If you are not a store owner and cannot log into the control panel or see the error message "Hold on, you're not authorized to go there", it may be that your user account was not created or authorized. Check your email inbox for an email with the subject "Confirm your BigCommerce account". Click the link in the email to Confirm Account. If you have already set your password, contact the store owner user to make sure the account was created with the correct information and is set to active status.

Blank 'Which store would you like to access?' Page

If when logging in to your store you see a blank page asking you which store you would like to access, this generally indicates that your email address is associated with user accounts in multiple stores, but with different permission levels.

To resolve this, click the Log out link in the upper right corner of the screen, then re-enter your login information.

We seem to be missing an account for you (Account Dashboard)

This error is displayed when attempting to access your billing area (the BigCommerce Account Dashboard) while logged into another store or from an account without store owner status.

Sign out of the control panel, then try logging in directly to the BigCommerce Account Dashboard as the store owner.

Control Panel Load Issues

Common causes:

  • Certain tabs or pages of your control panel will not load or load continuously when you attempt to access them
  • Pop-up windows do not display when the button or link that is supposed to display them is clicked

Try clearing your browser’s cache by following the steps listed for your browser at

Check to make sure that your browser is not blocking pop-ups from BigCommerce. Some elements from the Control Panel depend on them.

Login Screen Refreshes with No Error

If you've submitted your email address and password, and the login screen refreshes but does not display any error message, you may need to enable third-party cookies in your browser. See How do I allow third-party cookies?

Control Panel Continuously Refreshing

  • After logging in to your control panel, you are unable to navigate to any pages other than the home dashboard
  • After logging in, your control panel continuously reloads on its own

You may need to allow third-party cookies for BigCommerce in your browser settings. See How do I allow third-party cookies?

Cannot Log Out of Control Panel

If you've submitted your email address and password, and the login screen refreshes but does not display any error message, you may need to enable third-party cookies in your browser. See How do I allow third-party cookies?

Suspended or Cancelled Account

If your account has been suspended or cancelled, you will not be able to log into your store's control panel, but will still have access to your billing area. To restore the account log into your  Account Dashboard and pay any unpaid invoices.  

Error: Your control panel is unavailable

Contact support. The fastest way to resolve this issue is to create a support case with the subject line "Control Panel Unavailable Message Displayed". You will need your support PIN to create a case. If you don't know your PIN or are unable to access it, contact our phone support team and they can verify you with the credit card used to pay for the account.

Contact BigCommerce Support

90-Day Password Reset Issues

If you are receiving a 90-Day Password reset message when attempting to log in to your store, but do not remember your current password, use the steps for resetting your password. Reset address must be associated to an account. The password reset email will only be sent if the email address you enter is an address associated with a user account in your store.



How do I allow third-party cookies?

  • Cookies are pieces of data stored by web browsers that websites and apps use. They allow features like shopping carts and account login pages to function. Most browsers make a distinction between first-party and third-party cookies.
    • First-party cookies are created by the web server identified by the address shown the browser's address bar.
    • Third-party cookies can be created when content is loaded from domains other than the one shown in the address bar.
Some browsers allow users to decide whether or not the third-party cookies should be accepted. To configure your browser to allow third-party cookies, follow the instructions for your chosen browser:

What are Passwords requirements?
Your new password must be a minimum of 8 characters, and contain letters and numbers. It can not be a previously used password for the user.

Why do I have to reset my password every 90 days?

Every 90 days, BigCommerce will prompt you to reset the password you use for logging into your store. The primary reason for this frequent reset is to make sure that your account information is secured. It is also a requirement to be PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliant.

This specific requirement is outlined in Requirement 8 of Version 3.2 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards.  See PCI Compliance Password Requirements (PCI Policy Portal) for more details.

What is Log in with SSO?

Your business can connect its preferred identity management systems by utilizing BigCommerce's Login API. You will have a link below the password field that can direct you to the SSO version of your login into your control panel.

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