How much will it cost to run your e-commerce Web site? When you are reviewing different shopping cart software, the answer might not be that obvious. Use our calculator to find out. We go beyond the "start up" costs, as running an Internet store is something that you will be doing for quite some time. Typically, there are two main options:
What are the differences in these two approaches? Practical eCommerce ran two interviews on this topic. Check out the articles:
Note about payment processing: This tool focuses on the cost of the ecommerce system itself. Other costs that you may incur are those associated with processing credit cards online (payment gateway fees & merchant fees). Those costs are often the same regardless of whether you use a hosted or licensed ecommerce solutions (e.g. you decide to your Authorize.Net as your payment gateway, and have an Internet Merchant Account with Wells Fargo: it doesn't matter which ecommerce solution you adopt, as your monthly and per-transaction costs remain the same).
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