Over the years, we’ve built multiple e-commerce sites. We first started on osCommerce and then moved to Magento when it was still pretty early – 1.3 I believe. Since then, we’ve built over 8 sites on Magento so I thought I’d write about our experience and the costs involved.
Let’s start with the basics – a basic installation of Magento should only cost about $500 with a theme purchased from another company and an installation by the developer. It’s easy to install the basic system and Magento has a lot of basic, good functionality at that price.
So, next up we have what I would consider a basic installation. A purchased responsive theme, a few minor adjustments to the theme to make it to your liking, a new Search module, social button integrations, Mailchimp integration, Gift card modules and that should be it. Perhaps add a one page checkout to the system too.
This looks something like Fortress Geek right this moment. Lots of nice designs and additions, looks professional but isn’t too expensive to set-up and run.
Total cost: $2,000 – $3,000
Here, we start looking at a custom theme and design (easily $3 – $5k to start), social button integrations, reward point integration, gift cards, a one page checkout, custom reports, custom product page design and automated upsell / crossell modules. We’ve also got bestsellers lists, an integrated WordPress blog, multiple payment methods and a shipping module.
That’s what Starlit Citadel is.
We’ve spent over $20,000 easily over the course of a couple of years on this site. We’ve upgraded, tweaked, upgraded again. That’s a lot of money, but we think it’s worth it. These days, we don’t spend much on the site though – it’s just upkeep.