E-commerce is short-term for Electronic commerce. Special websites that can facilitate buying and selling products and services through the website are termed as E-commerce websites. Popular companies like Amazon, eBay, Alibaba are good examples of websites/apps that facilitate e commerce.
eCommerce developers are special web developers or engineers who can build websites with e-commerce functionality in them. The eCommerce websites can be built either by writing code from scratch or using platforms like Shopify, Woo commerce, Squarespace, etc. to build eCommerce websites faster and cheaper.
eCommerce developers help businesses and individuals develop websites that can build virtual shops that facilitate the selling of goods and services through the website.
Freelance eCommerce experts specialize in creating websites that allow businesses to grow by buying and selling products on the internet. Today eCommerce websites sell anything from fresh flowers to expensive cars. An eCommerce developer can enable an individual or a business to buy and sell online.
There are about 20 Million eCommerce websites, were billions worth of transactions happen, and here are some examples of possible use cases of ecommerce websites -
Retail (D2C) - Multiple Direct consumer brands such as FlatHeads, Night Owl coffee, etc., sell directly to their customers through their websites.
DropShipping - A trendy way for many online sellers to re-sell someone else’s products for a premium price. Say Akshay buys candles from China for $1 a piece, and retails them in India for $5. This concept is termed as dropshipping, and there are dedicated platforms that enable dropshippers to sell online.
Subscription-based products & services - Many business models support recurring costs, such as Netflix, Patreon, OnlyFans, etc.
Digital Products - Artists, musicians, software developers are selling digital products on the internet such as logos, posters, music, graphic designs etc. Ecommerce platforms enable these transactions to be facilitated.
Courses - Anuj is a digital marketing expert. Now, he plans to venture into teaching, so he sets up a Shopify store that enables him to sell his digital marketing course online.
Tickets - Bookmyshow sells event tickets, Paytm sells flight tickets, and many other forms of tickets are sold online. All these platforms that facilitate these transactions can be categorized into ecommerce stores.
An ecommerce developer can perform a set of tasks, and here are some of the things that they can help with -
Develop an e-commerce store as per the business requirements.
Optimize an already existing e-commerce store for speed, design, or more.
Customize an existing store, and personalize it as per the requirements.
Setup payment gateways and other additional plugins and widgets required to run the operations of a successful ecommerce store.
Setup ecommerce stores on platforms like Shopify, WooCommerce, Squarespace, Wix, etc.
Expert Testing of websites and fixing the bugs and errors.
A freelance ecommerce developer is a specialized version of a web developer. Every ecommerce developer is a web developer, but not every web developer is an ecommerce developer.
Web developers can create static websites or informational websites meant for display but don’t offer interactivity as the ecommerce websites do.
When hiring a developer for an ecommerce website, please ensure that the following checkpoints are met, as they define what a good ecommerce website should look like and do.
Two features define an excellent Ecommerce website, one is user-facing, and the other one is business-facing. Let’s start with the user-facing aspects first.
The website should be secure and protected since users are expected to share their financial information, and it’s of utmost importance.
The website should have a secure payment gateway integrated with clearly marked prices for the products and services. The website should be fast and easily accessible to the user.
The ecommerce website should list products and services and preferably have images and media files of the products and a suitable description.
On the backend, i.e. the business-facing front, it’s essential for the business owners to be able to effectively manage their ecommerce business operations smoothly without the external dependency on the developer or a person with technical expertise.
It should be easy for a person with no technical knowledge to add and edit product listings on the ecommerce site.
The business owners should be provided with dashboards to measure vital stats such as website traffic, clicks, sales, order details, etc.
Certain Emails should be automatically triggered if someone makes a purchase, subscribes, or writes to customer care.
The store owners should integrate their ecommerce details with their CRM, Financial management apps, and other apps that are key to running business processes.
With the growing demand for ecommerce websites, there are multiple tools and platforms available that facilitate e-commerce websites with ease. Some of these platforms are Shopify, Woocommerce, Squarespace, Wix, etc.
However, major companies like Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy allow sellers to sell online without having the trouble to go through the creation of ecommerce websites.
The costs of hiring an ecommerce developer is dependent on the scope of the work, and the scale of work defines the costs of developing an ecommerce website. There are 3 significant ways in which developers charge - Fixed price based on the scope of the project, hourly costs,
If your ecommerce store is being built on Shopify, or WooCommerce, or any other no-code platforms that enable the creation of Ecommerce websites, then the associated costs will be lesser as compared to hiring a web developer who can develop from scratch.
The developer costs will depend on the developer's experience and expertise and additional charges in case additional developers and resources are needed.
The scope of the work required defines the costs the developer will charge. For example, optimizing an existing ecommerce website for speed will cost lower than hiring a developer to custom change the theme or to redesign a website or Webflow designing.
Cost of additional tools, APIs, hosting costs, etc., are regular recurring costs and should be accounted for while budgeting to build a website.
Maintenance costs and costs for improvements should be accounted for while creating a budget to build an ecommerce website.
To hire an Ecommerce Developer -
Post your requirement on Refrens.
Our business experts will call you to understand your needs.
Your requirements will be shared with the ecommerce experts who match your business requirements.
You can hire the expert after looking at their expertise and past work experience.
The money is stored in an Escrow account until the completion of the work.
Optimized stores for Mobile and all other device formats.
Fast Websites convert more and provide higher returns; therefore, a good freelance ecommerce developer will help you draft websites that are fast.
Building Secure and Reliable Websites.
User-friendly designs convert more if they are well designed and have interactive, and friendly designs.
Ability to recommend the right platforms and tools that are best suited for the business use case. For example, if the freelance ecommerce developer understands that your requirements can be met using Shopify, they’d not recommend you to hardcode the entire store. It saves your much time, effort and labor cost like hiring a full stack developer which is much costlier than Shopify one's.
Online shopping is also an experience for consumers. Having a feature-rich eCommerce store will help you stand out from the competition. From basic to complex software, our handpicked eCommerce developers use the latest technology to help you serve any purpose be it commercial, or large-scale eCommerce development.
Simply post your eCommerce site/app development requirement on the form above and we will be happy to line up the most suitable eCommerce developer for you in alignment with the brief you gave us, right away.