One question we have gotten often from prospects is “how much does a Woocommerce site cost?”. Before we dive into the answer, here are things you need to know. WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that offers ecommerce features to websites. Because WooCommerce and WordPress are both free, open-source software, you may be asking what WooCommerce pricing we’re talking about. In brief, there are a few necessary fees that must be met before your WooCommerce site can go live.
$ How Much Does a WooCommerce Site Cost?
To create a fully functional online store, you’ll need to include at least a handful of the following elements in your WooCommerce price plan:
Cost Estimate: Basic Site
Cost Estimate: Mid-Range Site
Cost Estimate: Advanced Site
Free WooCommerce theme
Free WooCommerce theme
$35-129 professional theme
Transaction fees dependent on sales volume
Transaction fees dependent on sales volume
Transaction fees dependent on sales volume, plus $100-400/year for scalable features
Approximate Annual Total
Let’s take a deeper look at each expenditure and see if you’ll need it!
The first and most crucial WooCommerce expense will be for site hosting. Every website need a space on the internet to exist, which is what web hosts supply. Hosting is the one related WooCommerce price that you just cannot avoid.
Customers will not be able to view your website if it is not hosted! So it’s not a question of whether you need web hosting; rather, it’s a question of which web host you should use.
Which web host should you go with?
We realize there are several hosts to pick from – we’ve studied and evaluated the eight top WordPress hosting services available – and we recommend Bluehost as the finest choice. Bluehost is also suggested by WordPress, so we’re not alone in our opinion.
Bluehost received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 in our hosting analysis for “value for money.” Bluehost’s customised WooCommerce hosting plan, which comes in three distinct pricing tiers: Starter, Plus, and Pro, offers the best value for money.
While it is quite straightforward to install WooCommerce on your own, Bluehost’s WooCommerce plans are handy since they have all of the software and the dynamic Storefront Theme already installed. Bluehost also has a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to check out a WooCommerce package risk-free.
A domain name is another necessary WooCommerce expense, and there are two options for purchasing one. Some hosting companies, such as Bluehost, include a free domain name for the first year of your hosting plan, which you may register when you join up. After the first year, you’ll have to renew your domain at a standard fee, which generally varies between $10 and $20 per year depending on the domain name extension (.com,.org,.us…).
If this is a possibility for you, we recommend it: not only will you save money in the first year, but you’ll also appreciate the simplicity of controlling your web hosting and domain registration in one location.
Using a registrar to register a domain
If your hosting company does not provide free domain registration, or if you choose to keep the two separate, you must purchase your domain name from a domain name registrar such as Domain.com or Namecheap. Some hosting companies also act as domain name registrars, which means you may buy a domain name from one company while hosting your site with another.
Domain registrars, like hosting companies, offer first-year promotional pricing that increase upon renewal.
Every online business necessitates the use of a theme, and there are plenty free WooCommerce templates accessible. In our opinion, the best place to start is with WooCommerce’s own Storefront theme, which is free and gives many of customization options.
If you want to grow your online store or ensure that your site has a high-quality design, you should consider purchasing a premium WooCommerce theme.
WooCommerce sells customized Storefront themes, which means you can pay for a more personalized, powerful version of the basic Storefront concept. These templates are available for a one-time fee of $39-129.
There are several reasons to consider purchasing a premium theme:
- Better personalization means your shop will stand out from the crowd and will be more in line with your identity.
- Increased functionality facilitates the expansion of your online store.
- Customer service is more customized for purchased themes.
Extensions (also known as add-ons) are WooCommerce-specific functionality that may be added to your site, such as payment and shipping choices. Because these are valuable features to an online business, we’ll go over the various prices related with payment, shipping, and sales extensions below.
WooCommerce interfaces with all of the main payment gateway providers, so your online store may accept payments by PayPal, Stripe, or whichever payment method you like.
However, the cost of each payment gateway varies, with most charging a recurring monthly fee and/or a standard transaction fee.
WooCommerce Payments-$0 per month plus transaction costs
The most straightforward choice is WooCommerce Payments, which has no monthly costs. Every purchase made with a US credit or debit card incurs a transaction fee of 2.9 percent + 30 and is completed entirely on-site. For foreign cards, there is an extra 1% cost.
PayPal-$30 per month plus transaction costs
Another common alternative is PayPal. If you pick a basic PayPal account, you will not be charged a monthly fee, only a transaction fee of 2.9 percent + 30 cents for each purchase. Your consumers, however, will not be able to pay directly on your WooCommerce website; instead, they will be driven to the PayPal site to complete their transaction.
Customers will be able to finish their purchases on your site if you upgrade to a PayPal Pro account. However, in addition to the transaction price, you will be charged $30 every month.
The WooCommerce dashboard includes free automated tax computations and real shipping quotes from main carriers. Furthermore, WooCommerce Shipping is a free plugin that allows you to print shipping labels from your WooCommerce dashboard from the comfort of your own home.
So, how much will you have to pay for shipping extensions?
WooCommerce has hundreds of shipping plugins, ranging in price from $0 to $299 per year. Here are a few that we believe will be particularly useful:
- Table Rate Shipping – $99 per year: Create several shipping rates depending on location, price, weight, or item count.
- Distance Rate Shipping – $79/year: Provide shipping rates based on distance or total trip time, with the ability to charge additional fees depending on the weight or number of products in a cart.
- Shipment Tracking – $49/year: Allow clients to easily monitor their shipments.
WooCommerce has a plethora of plugins that may help you sell in a variety of ways:
- WooCommerce Bookings – $249/year: Allow your clients to schedule reservations, appointments, or rentals on their own time, without the need for phone calls. Your digital calendar will begin to fill up as a result.
- WooCommerce Pre-Orders – $129/year: Allow consumers to order things before they’re available, and charge either up front or when they’re released.
- Subscriptions for WooCommerce – $199/year: Offer subscription-based products with recurring payments to improve revenue tracking and management.
Each of these sales extensions (and the many others available) may help your online business look more professional.
All of the aforementioned WooCommerce extensions are backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Plugins are more generic, less necessary additions. Plugins are optional features and functions that you may add to your WooCommerce store to make it more appealing to consumers.
There are hundreds of free and paid plugins to select from, resulting in an infinite number of customized features for your online business.
Basic SSL certificates are frequently supplied for free with web hosting plans (in fact, Bluehost’s plans all include free SSL protection). If your hosting provider does not supply it, you may get a free basic SSL certificate through Let’s Encrypt.
However, because you’ll be handling clients’ financial information, ecommerce sites often require greater security than a free SSL can give. More extensive SSL solutions are available for $7-150/year from vendors such as Namecheap and most hosting providers, depending on the capabilities you want.
SSL certificates are the natural place to begin when it comes to website security. However, if you want to go the extra mile, you might investigate anti-malware software such as SiteLock. Some site providers even provide discounts on this form of security. When you sign up for SiteLock with Bluehost, for example, the basic version costs only $23.88 per year.
Sign up for one of SiteLock’s preconfigured Business plans, which vary from $149.99 to $499.99 per year, for the best anti-malware security.
The lowest SiteLock Business service includes automated malware cleanup and threat detection. Its most expensive package contains both features, as well as:
- Google blacklist monitoring
- File-level scanning
- Plugin scanning
- Weekly scan report
- XSS scripting protection
- SQL injection protection
8. Developer Fees
If you manage a small or medium-sized WooCommerce store, you won’t need to hire a web developer. While developers can handle the nitty-gritty technical stuff to take your site’s design and functionality to the next level, their services are expensive – and the advantages don’t really offset the expense unless your online business is rather large or wanting to grow!
If you are a larger site looking to outsource the work to a developer, the cost will range between $1,000 and $6,000 depending on the project, or an hourly rate of $60-150. WooCommerce offers a directory of accredited WooExperts, so you can be confident that the developer you hire is completely competent to work on a WooCommerce website.
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