Frequently asked questions.

What is an eCommerce website?

An eCommerce website is a platform which allows businesses to sell products and services online. Frameworks like Magento, Shopify and others are content management systems (CMS) which means the user can create, publicise and edit content easily.

The core code can be adapted by a back end developer to create highly customised webstores and features, whilst a front end developer uses the likes of JavaScript and CSS for interactive and stylish webpages.

How long does it take to build an eCommerce website?

A simple eCommerce store with little modification can take as little as 2 weeks.

However a more advanced eCommerce webstore with third party integrations and system changes, can take up to 2 years plus ongoing support.

The size of the store, how many product listings and the complexity of the third party integrations all can prolong the process.

How much does an eCommerce website cost?

An eCommerce website can cost anything from £200 - £20,000+ depending on the size of the project.

After taking into consideration the cost of software licensing and the developer, there’s also domain name, hosting, extensions and website support.

Which eCommerce framework should I use?

There's really no one size fits all. Every eCommerce solution has plus and minus points.

We recommend that you consider what you are trying to achieve, look at the abilities and cost of each available solution and decide based on that.

Which eCommerce frameworks does Developer Connection support?

We support: Magento, Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, Shopware and OpenCart.

Will my eCommerce developer create me a responsive website?

Google guidelines require all websites to be user-friendly across all devices. In recent years, Google have a mobile first policy and tend to ignore the desktop version.

A good eCommerce developer will be aware of the mandatory requirements and will build a responsive website.

It’s worth remembering the more specific you are in your brief, the developer will have a clear idea of what you want. It may be useful to state your mobile responsive requirements in your brief.

How does Developer Connection compare to other services?

Unlike other service based market places there’s no:

  • Service cost for hours worked by the developer
  • Processing fee for payments made by the client
  • Percentage fees

How much does Developer Connection Cost?

Post your project or be matched to projects for FREE.

Posting your project is free, with an associated cost for more matches and to work with development teams.

A developer’s monthly subscription is just £10 now FREE, and you can be matched to unlimited projects.

How do I know a developer has availability to work on my project?

The AI - matching technology we use to find your experienced developer selects only those who are available for work and who match your criteria.

What Magento Editions are there?

Magento is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms for merchants around the world and there are two versions: Magento Open Source and Magento Commerce. Open Source is free to download while Commerce requires a license and both use Magento Marketplace

Magento Open Source edition is perfect for small to medium businesses and also beginners, it’s free to install and can be used in conjunction with free Magento extension add-ons. However it doesn’t come with technical support.

Magento Commerce edition is suited for medium to larger businesses who need advanced customisations, configurations, technical support and more. It is known to have better security features and ranks higher amongst customers.

How does eCommerce development Work?

Building an eCommerce website can take just one developer or an entire team of front end, back end, designers and developers for sites which need extra functionality.

Some of the development work includes:

  • Building themes from designs provided by web designers
  • Ensuring the website is running at full performance for example increasing page speed load times
  • Setting up and configuring languages and currency
  • Installing, testing and setting up payment gateways such as PayPal and SagePay
  • Integrating business systems and applications such as accountancy software and custom relationship management (CRM) software
  • SEO audits

What is the difference between Magento 1 and Magento 2?

Magento 1 is the first version and is slower, not as user friendly, security is questionable and there are less sites powered by it.

Magento 2 is the new and improved version and uses: the latest PHP which improves overall site speed and individual pages, meta tag functions for SEO, minimised JavaScript for better browser operations, tighter security features and last but not least, an interactive dashboard.

How does Developer Connection match me with the right eCommerce developers?

Our AI-matching automatically and instantly finds you, developers, with the specific skills and experience you need for your project. This works by looking at your project requirements and comparing it to the areas of expertise of each developer. As the process is instant you can view available developers as soon as you have created your project.

What happens if I’m not happy with the selection I’m given?

Please get in touch and we will be happy to give you an additional 5 matches for free, as well as a no questions asked full refund for any elements of your project you might have paid for. We are also happy to offer you first hand, personal assistance in selecting the right developer for your project - there is no cost for this.

Where will the eCommerce developers be located?

We guarantee that every developer you find on our service will be from the UK.

What information do you need from me to make a successful match?

You can add a great deal of specific information. Each project description should include:

  • Project name
  • Which eCommerce framework?
  • Brand new or existing store?
  • Do you need a theme?
  • How many hours a week do you want developers to work?
  • What is the approximate project duration?