How much does it cost to build a Shopify website?
Let's talk about the varying factors that decide the cost of building a shopify website.
Firstly, let's talk about how much the development of your shopify website will actually cost. The cost of your e-commerce store largely varies by size of the shopify website as well as your developer experience in developing e-commerce websites.
So realistically, there are several factors that actually come into play when you are trying to figure out how much it costs to build a shopify website.
For starters are you hiring a web development agency to build your shopify website? If you are , you need to understand that prices vary based on several factors.
For instance a new web design company may not charge you as much, because they just not have the same expertise as we do.
It also depends on the amount of work you need done.
Is your shopify store going to be huge? Will it be a small shopify store with minimal content? Do you need to collect emails? Do you need auto respnoders, do you need to set up meetings in google calender?
Do you need custom content or articles written on your behalf? Do we need to create the copy for the website?
These are just a few of the considerations e-commerce development companies will need to know before they can give you a proper quote.
It also depends on your time limit, and how nice you want the site to look.
If you want an amazing website that will take months to develop, then you're looking at a much bigger bill then the small business that is just starting out and only needs a few products listed, an about page, a contact page, etc and only realy cares about getting the site up and doesn't nececarily need the kind of design that you see on more established websites.
We normally deal all different size companies. So we can really handle any size of shopify website. But let's break all this down into more detail to really explain everything in lamen terms.
The cost of a shopify website is the price of your shopify plan plus the price your web developer charges you, which can generally be anywhere from 5k to 100k.
Generally speaking when you are shopping for your an eccomerce developer to build your shopify site, you really want to make sure you already have at least a down payment to start.
In some cases of course monthly payment plans are aceptable. Many companies require something to start. So you may have to pay the first month upfront.
You will also of course need to be able to pay your shopify hosting fees every month. It is reccomended to pay several months ahead if you can or at least cast the money aside so you have it.
The reason being is when your website is down, not only are you not making money from it, you are also losing brand recognition, website authority, google ranking etc.
So it is a good idea to think carefully before going into a shopify hosting agreeemnt. For many small businesses ( depending on size of course) 30/m or more might be a signifigant barrier to entry.
If that is your case, consider contacting us about Open Cart ecommerce development. This way you only pay for hosting and you will own the code.
That being said shopify has multiple plan tiers and we also of course offer financing, which we will get into both topics as you continue reading.
In case you were curious, normally, even the cheapest web developers usually require a down payment just to start the contract. This is to protect them incase anything happens from the time the project is started and the time the project is finished.
Down payments for Shopify websites can greatly vary in size, which of course can drastically change how much it costs to build a shopify website. For instance,
a down payment for a shopify website can generally cost somewhere between 2500 and 10k depending on how experienced your developer is. In some cases of course this could be even more as typically a down payment is treated as half of the full price of development.
Further more, The cost to build a shopify website can also vary by the size of the company. A large company, with lots of employees and overhead, tons of experience and managers etc, is going to charge much more to build your shopify website then a smaller company with just a few employees generally.
So take the size of the company you hire into consideration, not only might you pay more depending on the size, but you might also have a little bit of communication lag.
So if you’re not really sure, just give the company a call and check their prices.
Financing your shopify website
In many cases the company you find to build your shopify website might actually offer financing for this exact situation.. Many times, if you can get financed for the entire cost of development, things will go much smoother on both ends, and you may very well, not even have to pay anything upfront.
This tactic is actually highly reccomended when considering the cost to build a shopify website as it gives you the best chance of generating more capitol for growth early on.
As i'm sure you are aware , you also need to consider the cost it takes to generate website traffic. This can come in many different forms.
The cost to aquire website users could be measured in time, as in how much time would it take you to generate traffic from blog posts to start making sales, how much would that cost you have blogs written for you?
Are you even going to write blogs, or are you using social media marketing or perhaps google or facebook ads to generate website traffic.
You also may need to wonder what is the cost per sale.. have you spoken to other shopify website owners in your niche to get an idea of how much ad money you will be spending to convert your shopify website users to buyers?
If you have not, or really even if you have, you should consider financing to allow for more capitol to go towards your internet marketing campaigns.
Monthly costs of your Shopify website
Whether you decide to finance your ecommerce Enterprise or you decide to pay out of pocket, You need to understand how much you’re going to spend on hosting your shopify website.
Shopify has several plan tiers that you need to understand. Some of which are very affordable and some of which are very expensive.
Shopify has a basic plan, a shopify plan, an advanced shopify plan, a lite shopify plan, and a advanced shopify plus plan. The shopify lite plan, is as low as 9/m. The shopify advanced plan is as high as 2,000 a month.
If you look at the table above, you can also see that shopify’s basic plan is 29/m, the shopify plan is 79/m and the advanced shopify plan is 299/month.
So let’s get even more in depth here so we can really understand what’s going.
So firstly, if you really want to understand shopify’s pricing more just check out their pricing page at www.shopify.com. But before you do that, let’s dive into why a developer or why an agency can really costs so many thousands of dollars.
There is something called shopify liquid in shopify’s platform, this is basically, what a developer has to access to make you a really custom site, that can look so much more clean, custom, elegant, beautiful, and even more functional, then what a regular shopify site that utilizes drop and drop can look like.
So a developer spends years learning their trade, learning how to code, how to understand documentation and how to really put a ton of different technologies together from html,css,php,js, and many more coding languages and technologies that could be relevant to each project.
When you put all these different skillsets together, plus of course years of design education, learning how to put things in certain orders, to make sure users actually click things and buy what you want them to buy, and really just understanding the best way to build a functional site that actually makes sales,
then you really start to understand why the cost of hiring a developer or agency can be so expensive.
So when you are considering your costs for ecommerce development, make sure you take all these things into consideration when you are jumping into a deal with a company.
That being said, if you are in the market for ecommerce development with shopify, we do offer this service. So feel free to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you.