How to Build an eCommerce App [A Step-By-Step Guide]

Published On: January 3, 2019
Last Updated: January 13, 2023
The ultimate guide to build an eCommerce app

The eCommerce industry is rapidly growing with the launch of smartphones and other gadgets.

Moreover, people love to purchase many things online, such as food, clothing, accessories, and more. In short, an eCommerce app has become a go-to option for users worldwide to purchase things.

Now, let’s have a look at the recent eCommerce statistics:

  • According to IMARC Group, the global mobile commerce market was valued at $628 billion in 2020. It will increase at a CAGR of 34% between 2021-2026.
  • As per eMarketer, transactions happening on mobile devices will account for 10.4% of overall retail sales by 2025. The number is almost double of 2021, which was 5.9%.

The above statistics indicate that mobile apps are the future of the eCommerce industry. Besides this, there are major benefits of having an app, such as better sales, better customer engagement, etc.

Due to this, numerous startups, entrepreneurs, SMEs, and enterprises have joined the eCommerce bandwagon by developing an eCommerce app.

However, before moving ahead one common question that appears in your mind is how to build a successful eCommerce app.

In this blog, we will provide a complete guide to build an eCommerce app effectively and efficiently.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How long does it take to build an eCommerce app?

It depends on the product requirements and the goals you wish to achieve through the app. Creating a minimum viable e-commerce app may take 2 to 3 months. Developing a fully functional and feature-rich app takes 5 to 6 months. This is not the end of the road; further, improvement is required.

Q2. How much does it cost to make an eCommerce app?

There is no fixed price to build an eCommerce mobile app as many factors are involved that go into the total cost of the app. However, if you are making a native Android eCommerce app, the cost would be between $21000 to $100000, including the design and development charges, the app store registration cost, and the annual App Store fees. The cost of creating a native IOS eCommerce mobile app could be $9000 to $90,000. To build a hybrid app, you must pay between $5,000 to $100,000 for its development cost alone.

Q3. How many types of eCommerce business models are there?

There are six different types of e-commerce business models:

  • Business to Business (B2B).
  • Business to Consumer (B2C).
  • Consumer to Consumer (C2C).
  • Consumer to Business (C2B).
  • Business to Administration (B2A).
  • Consumer to Administration (C2A).

Q4. Which type of development approach is the best for building an eCommerce app?

The systematic approach is the best way to build an eCommerce app. You must use Analytics to find out what type of Smartphone most of your customers use. For example, if most of your customers are using iPhones, you should build a native iOS app to engage with them more effectively. On the other hand, if they are using Android smartphones, it makes sense to create a native Android app to target them better. However, if you want to target both Android and IOS smartphone users, you should invest in a hybrid app that can efficiently run on both platforms without any issues.

Ravi Makhija
Ravi Makhija

Ravi Makhija is an entrepreneur, an IT professional, tech geek, founder & CEO at Guru TechnoLabs - Globally Trusted Web & Mobile App Development Company. He loves writing about new technologies and the latest trends in the IT field.