If you plan to integrate third-party tools to handle payments, add a live chat or customize shipping options, be ready to face a higher ecommerce website making cost.
Let’s start with must-have payment integrations – Stripe and PayPal.
Stripe takes 2.9% + 30¢ per successful card charge. Same with
PayPal, but they also charge 5% + .05¢ for payments under $10. And, of course, developers need some time to integrate these payment processors: about 10-12 hours ($500-$600) for each.
Want a robot to call or SMS your customers? Or send them messages in WhatsApp? Twilio APIs, programmable voice or SMS is quite a good option.
Twilio starting prices:
- $0.0042 to send a WhatsApp message
- $0.0075 to send or receive an SMS
- $0.0085/min to receive and $0.013/min to make a call
Again, devs need time to integrate it (not much though): 4-6 hours ($200-$300).
Last example, emails. You’ll surely need them if you’re going to infom customers about their orders being collected or shipped.
I'm suggesting we use
Amazon email sending service (Amazon SES). They charge $0 for the first 62,000 emails you send each month, and $0.10 for every 1,000 emails you send after that. Amazon SES integration takes 3,5-4 hours and costs $175-$225.