Guides, Site News By Eshop Hosts 5.6.2012 2 Comments
How Much does it Cost to Build an eCommerce Website

How Much Does A Website Cost to set up?

How much will it cost to set up an online shop?‘ is a question that we are often asked and more often than not the enquirer is surprised at how little the financial cost is to get up and running with an eShop.

It is a common thought that building an online shop requires a large financial outlay to purchase web hosting, a domain name and to hire a web designer to develop an ecommerce website. When in reality it has never been easier even with the smallest budget to get online and selling from your own ecommerce website.

Choices for an ecommerce start up

how much does it cost to build a website

It goes without saying that setting up an online shop will require some capital and an even bigger investment of time but there are solutions available to build an ecommerce website for every budget, big or small.

Usually the largest financial outlay for an ecommerce start up is for the setting up and creating a bespoke appearance of the website which is a process usually expected to require the employment of a web designer at a cost. These days, due to the choices now available of many online tools and ecommerce platforms or ‘Shopping Carts’ available for free or a relatively small cost, along with the number of developers who create and make available a wide range of ‘Ready Made’ website templates and add-on modules for many of theses popular Shopping Cart platforms, making this part of the website build process achievable with any size budget.

Some Cost Ideas for Building An eCommerce Website

The following is just an outline of some examples of what is required to build an online shop and rough costs for each budget.

Low Budget eCommerce Website Costs

To get selling online and building your own website, your initial financial costs will be for registering a domain name and paying for your web hosting:

Domain Name Registration: £4 to £9 per year

The registration price varies and depends on which domain extension used

Web Hosting Plan: £1.65 to £7 per month
This price varies depending on both the disk space allowance required eg the bigger your website then the more space is required and also the frequency of payment eg paying annually will work out cheaper than paying monthly.

Building the online shop: Free to £50
There are many free (Open Source) shopping cart platforms available to use, most are available to install using the ‘One Click’ installers within hosting account cPanels. Popular ones are Zen Cart, Open Cart, Oscommerce, Magento and Prestashop to name just a few. All these shopping cart platforms are the framework to your online shop and offer the functions widely expected from an online shop like listing products in a category structure, setting postage rates, payment methods as well as customer and order management. All offer active support websites and a following of developers who regularly create and update free templates and modules that can be used to both dress up your website and add extra functions if required.

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Medium Budget eCommerce Website Costs

Similar to the above only utilising the services of a website designer to build and implement some customisation eg a custom template or custom plugin.

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Domain Name Registration: £4 to £9 per year
The registration price varies and depends on which domain extension used and how many are registered. It is common for ecommerce website owners to register multiple extensions of their brand name eg .CO.UK and .COM, all pointing to the one website.

Web Hosting Plan: £3 to £20 per month
This price varies depending on both the disk space allowance required eg the bigger your website then the more space is required and also the frequency of payment eg paying annually will work out cheaper than paying monthly.

Building the online shop: £300 to £2,000
Many web developers build ecommerce sites based on the Open Source shopping cart platforms mentioned above (a bit like our e Shop In A Box web design service). Some may utilise a premium shopping cart such as Xcart or CS Cart which require a paid for license and offer their clients a full customisation service that will involve creating a template that displays the website in a way that the client has requested. Some online sellers may also require a particular function of their online shop that isn’t standard so it will require some custom coding alterations to achieve.

This can be a cost effective way of getting your website ‘live’ and selling faster than doing the project yourself and will usually mean that you get support from the web designer at the start when learning about the administration area settings and configurations.

High Budget eCommerce Website Costs

This is usually an option for websites offering a large selection of products or expecting a large amount of traffic. A brand or product range that wants a totally unique and bespoke appearance will utilise a service like like to stand more out from the competition.

Domain Name Registration: £30 to £100 per year
The registration price varies and depends on which domain extension used and it is usual to register and redirect multiple domains to the same website as part of the Search Engine optimisation.

Web Hosting Plan: £20 to £300 per month
For larger, high budget websites which are usually achieving high visitor numbers and web traffic, the web hosting will usually be on Virtual Private Servers or a Dedicated Server for optimum control and security. This type of hosting usually involves a specialist support team and therefore costs a lot more to run and maintain.

Building the online shop: £2000 to £200,000 (and more…)
In this price range the website would usually be fully bespoke or possibly built using the core of one of the ‘premium shopping cart platforms. The initial consultation, design and build process is usually over a few months. After receiving the clients ‘brief’ of requirements, the web development team would conduct extensive research into the clients product range and design / function requirements before constructing the website from scratch with fully custom coding that caters for the clients every need.

Big Budget does not Gaurantee Big Results

How much you spend on building a website doesn’t always dictate how successful it is. There are many factors that influence how successful an online shop is such as the demand for the products, how optimised the content of the website is and how it is promoted to generate traffic although the website should be well laid out and easy to navigate and utilise a simple registration and checkout process for the customers. The biggest factor for an online start up with a low budget is how much time they spend on they spend on the project.

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Research Shopping Carts

If you are on a tight budget and building a website yourself then spend some time researching which of the Shopping Cart platforms is best for you. The factors to look for are usually:- how well supported the cart is, how many templates and modules are available and how is it rated by existing users in terms of ease of usability and reliability. Spending some time on the Support forums for each of the carts and viewing the questions and comments made by new users and how quick or helpful the answers are.

If you are using a website developer to help build your online shop they should be able to offer you advice on which cart may be best to base your site on and offer you the initail support required whilst starting off. It is always best to let your developer know your budget range and knowledge or expertise of working on websites to ensure that you get the best advice on which Shopping Cart to choose.

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