What are the costs of operations of an ecommerce platform?

The price differences between an ecommerce platform and another depend on many factors, but they depend mostly on the scope of the project. Therefore, the price of an ecommerce website may vary depending on the circumstances, and your needs:


  • Do you have available internal resources and the knowledge to provide what you need?
  • How many pages?
  • How many products?
  • Will some products be available in several colors, sizes, etc.? ?
  • Is your content ready or do you need an agency or provider to support and optimize it for search engines?
  • Who will be responsible for maintaining your e-commerce after it has been put online?




The price will really depend on the type of solution chosen to create your ecommerce site.

If you use a CMS like Shopify or Squarespace, you will not pay an initial cost, but a monthly fee between € 29 and € 299 for the first, and between € 11 and € 24 for the second. These fees include upgrades and security updates.


For a configurable and customizable solution like Magento, you are likely to spend at least € 5,000 for a basic configuration and training, and up to € 50,000 for a tailor-made and ultra-personalized design.

As for the license fees, Magento has an open-source version, but also a corporate version with a license fee of around € 15,000 / year.


How much does a domain name cost?


Compared to other elements, a domain name will cost you almost nothing.

The average price for registering a new domain name varies between € 5 and € 15 per year. You are free to choose any domain name, provided that it is unique, that is, no one else owns it.




The safest way to host a personalized ecommerce site is to use a "handled" solution, where a technical support team is available 24 hours a day in case you encounter problems. The managed server costs can vary between 300 and 2000 € per month depending on the expected traffic, and therefore the power you need. At € 300, you'll get decent service and support, but probably not true PCI compliance (credit card security).

For a site with average requirements for speed and security hosted in a cloud environment, hosting will cost from $ 1,000 to $ 2,000 per month.


How much does the webdesign cost?

Many platforms, and especially SaaS offerings, have design galleries, themes, or templates that you can use to design your e-commerce site.

Expect to go from € 0 to € 2000 to buy a template, then € 1,000 to € 2,000 to make minor changes and customizations.

When you enter the custom design: "sky is the limit"! But a personalized theme can cost from 10,000 to 100,000 € depending on the specificities, the requirements and the depth of the process.




Internet transactions must guarantee a certain level of security. The SSL certificate ensures that all data exchanged can not be stolen during processing by the web server. Also note that most consumers do not take the risk of buying from an e-commerce site unprotected by an SSL certificate.

Such a type of protection makes your site more reassuring and secures customers' private information (credit card number and other confidential data).


How much does an SSL certificate cost?


The price of an SSL certificate usually ranges from € 9 to € 50 per year, but can also reach € 500.


To sum up


Design and construction:

> between € 2,000 and € 5,000 for a very basic e-commerce site of a small or independent agency, probably built on Shopify or WordPress.

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