Total costs of an eCommerce website.
As with everything else, the costs are split into capital costs and ongoing costs.
Capital Costs include:
- Site design and setup.
- Creating product images if you do not already have them.
- Creating product descriptions if you do not already have them.
- Creating a system to manage your shop data (availability, prices, etc). This is trivial if you have only a few products, but as soon as you more than 20, and especially if you have options such as size, voltage, colour, etc, then you need a bit more organization.
Ongoing Costs include:
- Annual fees for your website name (or 'URL'), such as www.my-shopping-website.co.uk. These are 'pence per month'. Think of this cost as your signwriting.
- A monthly fee to the shopping host. This can be as little as the £25 quoted as the 'Headline' figure. Think of it as your rates, rental, power, etc
- Banking fees. This what you have to pay WorldPay, SagePay, PayPal, etc in order to have the privilege of being able to handle credit card payments. They all charge differently. At the time of writing, PayPal charges about 3% with no monthly charge, others generally charge a monthly fee in the order of £20 plus a slightly lower percentage in the order of 2%.
- Maintenance fees (linked to the data management system above). It is simple enough to keep your shop up-to-date, but if you are too busy / cannot be bothered, then expect to pay someone to do it for you.
Please call me on 01284 767 857 to discuss what you want to do, and I can give you exact figures.