How much does it cost to build a commerce app?

Standard price for a commerce app: $10,000

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What is a commerce app?

A commerce application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables users to create accounts and make online purchases. Commerce apps typically include options for creating custom product wish lists, browsing products from different stores, viewing order histories, and managing addresses.

Commerce apps often share features with digital content apps. Popular commerce apps include Amazon, Walmart, and Etsy.

Here are some recent commerce app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A Yelp clone for small businesses.

What is the typical cost to build a commerce app?

A commerce app usually costs $10,000 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $5,000 or as high as $15,000. A commerce 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 commerce app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $10,000

How long does it take to build a commerce app?

A commerce app usually takes 133 hours to build. However, a commerce app can be built in as few as 67 hours, or in as many as 200 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 commerce apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 200

How to successfully grow your commerce application

A commerce app focuses on making it simple for users to begin purchasing items and/or services from a small number of trusted sources. In order to grow, a commerce app should provide concise product descriptions, an item search feature, and user-generated reviews. A commerce app should also incentivize users to share the app with their friends by rewarding them with gift cards or coupons when they refer a new customer.

Risks and challenges of building a commerce application

A commerce app faces risks related to the disclosure of personal information, the handling of credit card information, and fraud. It is advisable to use a secure payment API for transacting with customers, and you should ensure that your app does not disclose any sensitive information about your customers or their transactions.

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