Cost of running an e-commerce website

Our lifestyle and buying behavior is changing day by day and because of it new business ideas are doing well. E-commerce business is hot cake in the market. Doing business needs a big investment but you can do big business with small investment using technology. Here we’ll discuss on cost of running e-commerce website. Normally, there are 3 types of cost in running an ecommerce website.

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  1. Domain name
  2. Hosting
  3. Website

Domain name – cost of .com domain will be around Rs. 1000 – Rs.1500 ($10-$12). You need to renew your domain annually. You can get free domain also like To get domain you’ll need Nepali citizenship certificate or company registration certificate.

Hosting – Hosting means a place where you store your website files. There are different types of hosting depending upon features. Normally, you can get hosting from Rs.3000 – Rs.5000 but if your website has huge traffic (website visitors) daily then normal servers will be unable to handle. In this case you’ll need to upgrade servers that means your expenses will go little high. But no worries you can start will normal servers and upgrade according to the traffic you get in your website. You need to renew your hosting annually but for expensive servers you might get monthly payment facility also.
Normal servers Rs.3000-Rs.5000 per year
Super servers Rs.3000 per month (18,000 per year)

Website – Because of opensource technologies cost of developing a website is not so expensive as few years before. This doesn’t mean all website is cheap, customized websites are still expensive and time consuming to develop but you can make website as you want.
You can get your website starting from Rs.5000 – Rs. 1,15,000 and above depending upon your requirement. Professional opensource website cost within Rs.5000 – Rs.25,000. Website development payment is one time cost.

Cost of Running a medium e-commerce website at beginning
Domain 1500 + Hosting 4000 + website 10,000 = Rs. 15,500
Domain 1500 + Hosting 4000 + website 25,000 = Rs. 30,500

Cost of yearly operating ecommerce website
Normal server Domain 1500 + Hosting 4000 = Rs. 5,500
Super servers Domain 1500 + Hosting 18,000 = Rs. 19,500

Beside this there will be small cost of your office space etc.