How much does it cost to build an online store app?

Standard price for an online store app: $37,500

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What is an online store app?

An online store is a web or mobile application that enables users to purchase products from an online catalog. Online stores typically allow users to view product descriptions, images, reviews and prices. The application may also include shopping cart functionality and order management features.

Online store apps are related to ecommerce apps, credit card payment apps, and other shopping apps. Some of the most popular online stores today are Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, and Target.

Here are some recent online store app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • The client wants to improve the web experience of their online store as well as build a fairly basic mobile app.

  • A mobile app for a national jewelry chain. That would be a full marketplace with payment, shipping info/tracking, multimedia hosting pictures & videos at a minimum.

  • An app for shoppers and shopping stores. It will provide a specific list of all products and pricing which a user may want to purchase from a physical retail shop. The consumer will be able to include a budget for the store that they will be visiting and once they will make the product selection they will that budget go down. The app will also be connected via API to rewards programs with discounts that the consumer will then be eligible for.

What is the typical cost to build an online store app?

An online store app usually costs $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. An online store app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent online store app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $15,000

  • $75,000

  • $85,000

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of an app:

How long does it take to build an online store app?

An online store app usually takes 778 hours to build. However, an online store app can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 1,333 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent online store apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 200

  • 1,000

  • 1,133

How to successfully grow your online store application

The primary growth strategy for an online store is to create incentives for shoppers to return and purchase more products. This is usually done through loyalty programs, which reward frequent customers with free shipping, discounts, or other goodies. Online stores can also achieve viral growth by integrating their platform with social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

Risks and challenges of building a online store application

Risk: Online stores face risk related to copyright infringement, the illegal sale of counterfeit goods, and the exposure of personal information to hackers or malicious customers. It is important that your online store has mechanisms for reporting abuse posted by users, and it is often recommended that you use third-party payment processing APIs for accepting payments.

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