Customers often wander what makes professional e-commerce solutions so expensive and inaccessible. A simple online store integrated with an online payment system costs from £500 to £1 500, whereas a complex solution equipped with a proprietary CMS and integrated with online payments can cost from £3 000 up to £10 000. Of course, respectively to customers’ needs and expectation, the solution can reach even £50 000 and more. But does the price makes the real value and functionality?
An e-commerce solution does not have to be expensive to be effective. There is much room for some savings that do not affect its functionality and options. Just look at your prospective e-commerce solution as if you were looking at a website equipped with some additional software and carefully define all your needs. Then try to answer these questions:
1) How vast variety of goods will be offered?
2) How advanced browsing options are required?
3) Are filters necessary?
4) Will a commercial CMS be efficient?
5) How advanced graphics design is expected?
Answers for these five questions will help you successfully define areas of the project where some significant, but harmless savings can be made.
Finally, when you get a quote remember it prices much more than you really need. For this reason it is good to contact the website design company and discuss the quote in details!