How much should I expect to pay for an e-commerce Wordpress website?
I know I want to launch a new e-commerce Wordpress website but have no idea how much this costs. How much should I expect to budget out for this? I'd like it to be SEO and a fairly custom template.
The development costs really depends on the total number of non-e-commerce pages you'll have, amount of products/services being sold and how custom the template along with the condition of your files.
Are you talking about taking a high-end Wordpress template and customizing it or building a Wordpress template from scratch? The latter I wouldn't recommend for a number of reasons.
The cost varies widely from freelance to design house based on their overhead, number of employees and their experience.
Dan mentioned $1500. For most designers that will just cover the cost of customizing a high-end template, setting up Wordpress, installing one of the e-commerce shopping carts like Woocommerce and programming all its variables. That won't include adding and programming plugins to the shopping cart.
Depending on how you deliver your products, their description, categories, images, etc. to the developer/designer you can pay from $50 to $200+ per product. You can pay $100+ per non-e-commerce pages on your site.
Will all the content be written or do you need help in writing content? Will you have all the graphical images that will be needed for the website or does the designer have to create and/or search and acquire imagery?
Does the designer have to develop navigational strategy for the site or will you provide that? Will you have a forum as part of the site? Will there be any videos? There are a whole host of add-ons and other questions that must be answered before any designer can provide you with budgetary pricing.
Three years ago we had a client budget $7500 to create new e-commerce site for about 3000-4000 products. He should have budgeted at least 2x that figure and in the end they spent nearly 3x that budget. So e-commerce sites have run into the 6 figures.
I love to answer this type of question as I am running a company for web development.
E-commerce website would cost around $1000-$1200 with Custom Template, User Friendly Design and SEO friendly Meta and Keyword setting. As you are aware that SEO is an ongoing process and you invest on it on regular basis and if the developer keep SEO in mind while developing the website than it would be easy for SEO guy to bring it on good ranking with keywords.
Just want to tell you that when you start building the website always keep in mind that it needs proper keywords/content and tags to get the site on good ranking at search engines.
It really depends on how many items you will be selling...the more items the longer it takes to build, and where you have it done. Any GOOD website designer SHOULD include on-site SEO when building your website...this is a very important first step with SEO, without it, you will be fighting an uphill battle with SEO efforts. You are probably looking around $1,500 and up for costs.
Outside of the on-site SEO, there are many variables to consider in doing SEO for your site. It depends on what you are selling, who your target market is, how competitive your market is, what your goals are...etc. Again depending on the above, video marketing may be another alternative with quicker results and lower prices in getting found online.