Cost of running an e-commerce website

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

Domain name

Domain name

The cost of .com domain will be around Rs. 1500 – Rs.2300. You need to renew your domain annually. You can get free domains also like To get domain you’ll need a Nepali citizenship certificate or company registration certificate.


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 it. In this case, you’ll need to upgrade servers which means your expenses will go a little high. But no worries you can start will normal servers and upgrade according to the traffic you get on your website. You need to renew your hosting annually but for expensive servers, you might get a monthly payment facility also.

Normal servers Rs. 5000 – Rs. 10,000 per year
Super servers Rs. 3000 per month (18,000 per year)

These servers may not work properly if you have very high traffic. In that case, cloud servers could be a good choice.


Because of open-source technologies cost of developing a website is not as expensive as a few years before. This doesn’t mean all websites are cheap, customized websites are still expensive and time-consuming to develop but you can make a website as you want.

You can get your website starting from Rs. 10,000 – 5 lakhs and above depending upon your requirements. Website development payment is a time cost.

Beginners package

Cost of Running a medium e-commerce website at the beginning
Domain 2000 + Hosting 5000 + website 10,000 = Rs. 17,000

Cost of yearly operating e-commerce website
Normal server Domain 2000 + Hosting 5000 = Rs. 7,000

Intermediate package

First year: Domain 2000 + Hosting 5000 + website 35,000 = Rs. 42,000

Yearly: Super servers Domain 2000 + Hosting 18,000 = Rs. 20,000

Advance package

First year: Fully customized website development frontend and backend – 1.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs and above

Yearly: depending upon website traffic.

Besides this, there will be a small cost of your office space, etc.