Ecommerce (food) · Website Development

What is the cheapest way to build/run an eCommerce Website?

Vishal Waybhaw Founder at Soubhagya India

July 14th, 2017

We are an eCommerce Startup and like probably most of us we lack fund to expand or even build. We wanted to have an eCommerce store and realized that a traditional way would cost us anywhere between ₹15-50k.

Does anyone of you know any creative way to go non-traditional way and help us save money?


Jalal Uddin CEO

Last updated on July 16th, 2017

You can try platforms like BigCommerce or Shopify. There you can setup your online shop and can customize it with less investment. Once your business is making profit you can go for something more custom. There are some free open source software like Magento, nopCommerce that you can download and configure in a server. It will not give you 100% customized shop but these can be easily customized with less expense with help of a freelancer.

bob situmorang Developer

Last updated on August 1st, 2017

If you're a wholesaler. You can distribute your goods to amazon india

Anonymous

Last updated on July 26th, 2017

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Vivek Shah Digital Marketing Manager- Web Analyst- SEO, Social Media Marketing Expert- @WebCluesInfoTech

Last updated on August 1st, 2017

Well, Short Answer: Definition of Best depends on your business needs.

Longer Answer: There are several factors which determine which solution is best for you. And I am only trying to point out the way you should arrive at the ‘Best’ available tool for your business.

List of Best ecommerce Platforms:

1) Magento

2) PrestaShop

3) WooCommerce

4) OpenCart

5) Zen Cart

6) Shopify

etc..

But I would recommend, SHOPIFY

Why choose Shopify:

  1. Best platform in the market.
  2. Easy to use even techie guys can easily handle this platform
  3. There are more than 400,000 business people already using this platform
  4. Price is cheap and even there are lots of feature.
  5. They are providing awesome support team to help you step by step
  6. They are the leader in this so you are going to utilise their expertise to grow your business.

Hope it helps!


Arvind Agrawal Founder Addwit Learning www.addwit.org | Speaker | Problem-solver

July 16th, 2017

Hello Vishal,

I have some insights and experience of building one all by myself. Believe me, to make a beginning with WP and WooCom, you should be able to be up and running within a matter of 2-3 days if you have rest of documentation in place for Payment gateway integration.

BTW, what is the product line, and what is your reach-out strategy? Asking these Qs because I know that making a website is just one part of whole business.

Best wishes.

Arvind

Vishal Waybhaw Founder at Soubhagya India

July 28th, 2017

@Arvind Agrawal

We're building a Farm to Kitchen based eCommerce Grocery Store. Problem is we're too small right now with negligible funds and limited presence and thus investing much for a eCom website doesn't seems feasible.

vu-nguyen Cofounder & CEO of Nilead informatics

July 28th, 2017

Your time is valuable. You don't have time to deal with Server, Software issues. You are starting out, you need to start fast and you can only do that with established hosted services such as Shopify or BigCommerce (or similar one in your country).


Once you have worked in the field for 2+ years, you will have a better idea of what exactly that you need, and you may outgrow Shopify/BigCommerce. That is good and at that time you can decide to use another solution such as opensource software.


Source: me. I worked in eCommerce both as a seller and a developer for 10+ years. I started with Zencart then moved to Magento and many others. I know what I'm talking about because I have been through it all.

Oluwafemi Akerele Founder & CEO @ SMFweb Designs, Freelance Web Designer/Developer & Brand Consultants

July 16th, 2017

The best way to go about it is to get cheap domain name and hosting, then hire a freelance web designer which would cost you less.

Suchith kumar Chandran

July 28th, 2017

Dear Vishal,


Shopify is a good option for you. Its one month free. If you could generate couple of sales during that one month, then you could easily pay them from next month onwards.


Generating traffic and sales is not a big deal. You just concentrate on one traffic source and do it properly. Thats it.


You will require to purchase a domain name which will cost you 10$ a year.


If you want free training on shopify let me know.


Thanks,

Suchith.


Oluwafemi Akerele Founder & CEO @ SMFweb Designs, Freelance Web Designer/Developer & Brand Consultants

July 16th, 2017

@moshood there are payment gateways out there that requires little or no installation