How Much Does It Cost To Build An E-commerce Website In 2017?

There are hundreds of web design and development companies around the world and the prices they offer are varied. However, we will try to give you specific price ranges for building a new e-commerce website.

First, we want you to define exactly what kind of website you would like to build by choosing one of the following types:

Simple functionality:

This type of website’s goal is to inform your browsers, so it mostly just displays information about your business, products and services. It will usually include a Homepage, an About page, a Services/Products page, and a Contact page.

Moreover, what you will get is a largely static website with no custom design. In other words, the developer sets you up with a CMS (content management system) like WordPress, creates the necessary pages filled in with your content, and applies a pre-made theme.
Medium functionality:

This type of website usually incorporates a database and/or dynamic content. It includes general informative pages plus a more functional pages like Shopping carts, Product galleries, Blogs and News.

Besides, you can get a fully customized design backed by a CMS, which gives you an easier option for making changes to the content of the site. The cost depends on the graphic design skills of the designer, the level of browser compatibility, and the number of customized pages beyond the initial template.

Complex functionality:

This type of website gives you a fully customized website and many features like in the 2nd one plus some advanced functions. For example, it allows you to process consumer input, calculate something, process something and return analytic results (technically this is moving into the realm of web applications). What you will get is a well written, fully tested web application that goes well beyond the complexity of a basic CMS backed website.

After knowing which type of site you wanna build, let’s take a look at the estimated price ranges for creating an e-commerce website according to regions:

Cost to build a website in developed countries (e.g.: US, UK)

  • Simple functionality: $3,000 to $5,000
  • Medium functionality $5,000 to 7,000
  • Complex functionality: $7,000 to $15,000

Cost to build a website in developing countries (e.g.: India, Pakistan, Vietnam)

  • Simple functionality: $600 to $1,000
  • Medium functionality: $1,000 to $2,000
  • Complex functionality: $2,000 to $5,000

As you can see the cost to build e-commerce website is very flexible, from $600 to $15,000. Besides different level of functionality, the reason that leads to this huge price gap is simply the unequal labor costs. While you have to pay more than $100 per working hour for a developer in US, it costs you only a half or even less for an East Asia developer to get the work done. If money is not a big problem for you, choosing a local partner might be a good idea due to better and easier communication. Otherwise, if you’ve started an online business with a constrained budget, why not consider to cooperate with an outsourced web design and development agency?

There are some reasons that outsourcing web development is more and more prevalent. Read our next article to find out why.

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