Web Design & Development

How Much Does it Cost to Build E-commerce Website?

b>How much does it cost to build eCommerce website? You must have guessed there is not a one-size-fits-all explanation. In fact, the prices could vary from $5 thousand to above $5 million, depending on the requirements. Also, make sure that you continue to invest money in order to increase the experience and function when the primary development is done (in addition to marketing). If you wait until everything is outmoded and then tackle it all at once, it is not a very proactive or successful eCommerce plan. The answer to how much does it cost to build eCommerce website is described on the article below.

The range of prices could be from around $5,000 to millions of dollars, but let’s only use $350,000 as a general first phase overhead limit. It is recommended to break work down into manageable pieces no matter what the scope is and $350k is a manageable piece even if the total project is much more significant.

In order to narrow the expenses down a bit as per your requirement read through the major areas that impact cost below and take a look at the tables at the end of this article that will summarize all of the amounts.

E-commerce Platforms    

Depending on how simple or complicated the platform is, the licensing costs may vary considerably for a similar functioning website. There are a few industry-specific solutions and combined answers based on ERP systems to software as a service (SaaS) contributions that are intended to be suitable for businesses to setup and configure. If you do not need any outside help, at the lowest cost, SaaS offers $20 to $30 per month. More customizable and configurable offerings like Magento Enterprise are not intended to be setup by an ammateur business so at the lowest price you will spend $5,000.00 with a decent vendor to set it up and do initial training and configuration.

E-commerce Web Design

Many platforms have design galleries and themes you can apply to your site. These are cheap and quick even if they fail to dramatically set you apart from other companies or be the perfect fit for your business. Assume that you will spend from $0 to $250 to buy a theme and another $1,000 to $2,000 making small changes and customizations (less than a custom design, but not just a logo change either).

For custom designing, the sky is the limit! However, a custom theme might cost between $10,000 to $100,000 depending on the depth of the process, specifics, and requirements.

Custom E-commerce Programming and Functionality

Many platforms will provide for extension support or module where functionality will be added to your website which has been developed by someone else (for a cost much lesser than you could have designed). Make sure that you see what extensions are open to writing custom code. You have to be prepared for some extensions to be poorly implemented or written. Before recommending to clients, our company always evaluates extensions for security, quality, features, and support. Apart from known extensions, system development can get costly quite promptly. A good team will generate code that is fully secure, reliable and tested. This can be more expensive than just keeping it collectively as quickly as possible. Extensions might break when you update the core system so poor code will cost you money even if it works at the beginning.

E-commerce Web Hosting

Hosting is a more foreseeable than other variables. Make sure that you check the included limits for things such as traffic, storage, products, orders, and customers. These solutions may start out inexpensive and will increase in cost as your profit and needs development. You can plan for at least $20 – $250.

Hosting for an eCommerce system will start around $300 a month for proper support and service, but presumably won’t provide real PCI compliance. For a busy and successful website with average demands for speed, redundancy, security hosted and scale in a grid or cloud, hosting could cost upwards of $1,000 – $2,000 a month.

Cost of an E-commerce Website

Although there is no straight answer to how much does it cost to build eCommerce website? This chart will give you some idea of the linked expenses that may be relevant to your situation:

Particulars Small

(small catalog, light traffic)

Mid Large
Hosting (monthly) $20-$60 $60-$150 $150+
Design < $1,000 $1,000-$5,000 $1,000-$5,000
Custom Development n/a n/a n/a
Setup/Config <$250 $0 – $1,000 $0 – $2,000
Training $0-$500 $0 – $500 $0 – $500
Maintenance n/a n/a n/a
Total Setup* < $2,000 < $6,500 < $10,000
Total Annual* < $1,000 < $1,800 $2,000 +

* totals do not comprise other significant items to the success of your site such as marketing and content creation comprising product descriptions and photos.

Traditional E-commerce

  Small (small catalog, no custom programming, off-the-shelf theme, light traffic) Mid

(small catalog, light custom programming, customized theme, medium traffic)


(systems integration, large catalog, custom programming, custom design, high traffic)

Licensing < $500 < $5,000 $5,000 – $100,000
Hosting (monthly) $350 $500 $1,000-$2,000+
Design < $3,000 $5,000 – $10,000 $10,000-$150,000+
Custom Development < $500 $2,000 – $5,000 $10,000 – $150,000+
Setup/Config <$3,000 $2,000 – $5,000 $2,000 – $10,000+
Training $500 – $1,000 $500 – $2,000 $500 – $5,000+
Maintenance (monthly) $500+ $1,000 – $2,000 $2,000 – $5,000+
Total Setup* < $11,000 $15,500 – $29,000 $30,500 – $422,000+
Total Annual* < $12,000 $18,000 – $30,000 $36,000 – $84,000

* totals do not comprise other significant items to the success of your site such as marketing and content creation comprising product descriptions and photos.


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