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How Much Does an E-Commerce Website Cost?

Author: Aleksandra Bessalitskykh
by Aleksandra Bessalitskykh
Posted: Nov 16, 2018

Nowadays the cost of the building an e-commerce website will range from $35,000 to $1,000,000 and even more. The price will depend on the customer’s business financial capacities and business plan.

If you have a small local business with a limited number of goods, you will need a simpler website of lower complexity but if your brand is successful worldwide, you will have to buy a complex and costly website. The cost of e-commerce website development will mostly depend on the vendor, technologies, features and the level of customization that is going to be implemented too.

E-Commerce Web Design Cost

One of the most expensive parts of every project is design development because it can range from $3,000 to $100,000 or even more. The cost of designing an e-commerce website depends on the customer’s business financial capacities and business plan. A vendor can name you the price of e-commerce web design only after they learn basic project details but it may differ from vendor to vendor too. It's possible to get an exact estimate after a precise estimation.

E-Commerce Website Development Price Range

The cost of website development ranges from $20,000 to $500,000 and beyond. Below are the factors that influence the e-commerce website price:

  • The vendor you choose (rates vary based on the vendor’s location, experience, portfolio and the complexity of your project)
  • Design complexity and amount
  • Programming complexity and amount
  • Integration complexity and amount
  • Your timeline (urgent projects cost more)
  • E-commerce website hosting cost (annual), Marketing and SEO
No two projects' specifications are identical. As all projects are unique, it is impossible to name the price for the development.

Quality Assurance: What’s the Price Range?

One of the most vital aspects of building your website is quality assurance. The price of it for a basic e-commerce website can be from $3,000 to $5,000. Quality assurance can grow to $100,000 and more for the ongoing project.

Without testing it is impossible to give a good product. That is why the whole process of your website development project needs to be monitored by a QA from idea creation to a full application release to the market. Then a QA needs to check every fresh feature before your website users see it. He must be certain that a website works as planned and it coincides with the expectations of the customer, website users, and app store guidelines.

Project Management: What’s the Price Range?

Project management is as important for every product development process as quality assurance. The price of project management will be from $4,000 to $6,000 for a basic e-commerce website. If the project is complex, the cost can be $150,000 and even more.

How Much Does It Cost to Maintain an E-Commerce Website?

Your freshly launched website needs non-stop attention and support.

After the release of an e-commerce website, it will still need investment for:

  • Hosting (after your website gives you enough profit you can upgrade your hosting but, in the beginning, you can choose a more affordable solution. However, there can be some issues as far as hosting provider is concerned and you should learn them in advance)
  • Domain name (annual)
  • Administration
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Ongoing development (implementation of the new features, website upgrade)

E-Commerce Website Cost

The price will start at $35,000 for an MVP of an e-commerce website. For a medium e-commerce website, the cost will be from $70,000, and a large e-commerce website will be not less than $170,000.

There are a lot of complex factors that make up the cost of an e-commerce website. An average price of an e-commerce website gives you an idea how much it costs but it can be more or less. The price of a custom e-commerce website will be more than a template one, at the same time it will perform and engage the customer better.

You can use this calculator to find out the approximate cost for your e-commerce website development.

Follow this fundamental article to find out more about the cost of e-commerce website development

About the Author

I am a Software Development Consultant at MLSDev, a software development company, which specializes in mobile and web app development

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Author: Aleksandra Bessalitskykh

Aleksandra Bessalitskykh

United States

Member since: Oct 03, 2018
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