Guides By Eshop Hosts 28.3.2013 1 Comment

What is the Cost Setting up an eCommerce Website?

We are asked the question “How much will it cost to create an eshop” on a daily basis and many are surprised at our answer “It can be done a lot cheaper than you think”.

If you are on a tight budget and are looking to set up an online store for as little outlay as possible, you will be interested to know that the cost of setting up a ecommerce website requires very little cash outlay and not much in terms of time investment either. In reality you can be online and selling from your own eCommerce website very quickly for a cost of under £10 with ongoing monthly hosting fees of £2.99 per month.

Many of the enquiries that we recieve are under the impression that the costs of eCommerce are very high and require the need for expensive web designers, a thorough knowledge of coding and server management or the need to pay expensive costs to people who have, when in reality it isn’t required.

In short, if you have any experience listing items for sale on popular platforms like eBay or Amazon then you you will be able to list products and manage your own eShop.

We have compiled the following ‘How To’ guide to create an eShop, where we explain in detail how your cost of setting up an attractive customisable and responsive eCommerce website, fully hosted and supported for 1 year can be done for under £64.

Create an eShop

Step 1. Registering a Domain and Hosting Plan

Web hosting and domain registration

Every website requires its own domain name and web hosting on a server connected to the internet and you can register a domain name and a web hosting plan easily at eShop Hosts here: Domain Registration and Web Hosting. You can register a .CO.UK domain name for £3.79 per year or £6.49 for two years registration or .COM domain names can be registered for £7.99 per year and our web hosting plans start at £2.99 per month (£29.99 per year if paid annually).

When ordering web hosting on eShop Hosts, the option to register a domain name for your eCommerce website appears at step 2 within the checkout process and once payment is made the web hosting plan is created instantly allowing you access to your hosting account control panel.


Domain Registration: From £3.79 per year
Web Hosting: From £2.99 per month (£29.99 per year)

Step 2. Installing a Shopping Cart

Once your web hosting plan is created you will need to install the shopping cart software that creates your ecommerce functioning website. There are many (Open Source) Free Shopping Cart platforms that you can use to create an eshop, these are available to install using the ‘One Click’ installers within all of eShop Hosts hosting account cPanels. Two of the most popular ones are Zen Cart and Open Cart and both these shopping cart platforms create easy to use framework for your online shop. These shopping carts offer every thing you will need for your online shop such as listing products and creating your categories, setting your postage rates, payment methods as well as managing your customers and orders.

softaculous one click installer

Installing a Shopping Cart

Step 1: Log Into your hosting cPanel
Step 2: Click the ‘Softaculous’ Button
Step 3: Select Which Shopping Cart you want to Install
Step 4: Fill Out the Required Fields
Step 5: Click ‘Install’
View detailed instructions here: Softaculous Tutorial


Shopping Cart: Free

Step 3. Choosing an eShop Template

Open Cart templates on themeforest

When you first install a shopping cart the publicly visible ‘front end’ appearance will appear plain so you will want to dress your eShop up a bit by installing and using a template. There are lots of Free Ready Made basic ecommerce templates available for both Zen Cart and Open Cart, some better than others and usually these do not have as many features as some of the low cost ‘premium templates’ that are available to use.

We recommend Themeforest for low cost Ready Made templates for both Zen Cart and Open Cart, there is a large selection of well coded and well supported templates in many different styles, many have options to make customisations to the overall appearance of your website

Zen Cart templates on themeforest

Many of the eCommerce templates available for Open Cart and Zen Cart on Themeforest are ‘Responsive’ which is a must these days due to the increasing number of people using Smartphones and Tablets to browse and do online shopping.

View Open Cart templates here: Open Cart Templates

See All Zen Cart Templates Here: Zen Cart Templates

Themeforest also do Ready Made templates for many other of the Free/Open Source shopping carts and the complete selection can be viewed Here: eCommerce Templates.


Ready Made Template: Free to £30

Cost Summary

  • Domain Cost: £3.79 for 1 year
  • Web Hosting: £29.99 for 1 year
  • Template: Free
  • Sub-Total: £33.78
  • Optional Premium Template: up to £30
  • TOTAL £63.78

Free Installation

If you are unsure about installing shopping cart scripts then eShop Hosts will install it for you! and if you find and download a ready made template that you want to use on your ecommerce website, eShop Hosts will also install it for you for free as part of our Hosting Support.

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