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How to Create an NFT Marketplace

A guide based on hands-on experience

ScienceSoft uses leading blockchain frameworks to build blockchain-based decentralized apps and NFT marketplaces for trading unique digital assets.

How to Create an NFT Marketplace - ScienceSoft
How to Create an NFT Marketplace - ScienceSoft

NFT Marketplaces: Quick Summary

An NFT marketplace is a blockchain-based online platform to sell and buy non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Despite the short-term fluctuations in the quickly developing NFT field, the global NFT market is expected to grow from $3.0 billion in 2022 to $13.6 billion by 2027. The segment of NFT marketplaces is anticipated to witness a corresponding rise. Skyrocketed prices (as of the start of 2022, the most expensive NFT “Merge” by Pak has been sold for $91.8M) and impressive trade volume of NFTs ($4–16 billion per month) create momentum for startups and established companies to step into NFT marketplace development.

Read on to learn about the popular assets to sell as NFTs, explore key steps, costs and timelines to launch your own NFT marketplace, and discover best blockchain platforms to build the marketplace on.

NFT Specifics and Viable Use Cases

An NFT represents a certificate of authenticity and ownership of a unique digital or physical asset. Though often compared to cryptocurrencies that also run on the blockchain technology, NFTs are exclusive and can’t be traded as equivalents  the way cryptocurrencies are traded.

NFTs are stored on a public blockchain and contain the information about:

  • Who and when created an asset.
  • Who and when bought the asset.
  • At what price the asset was bought.
  • Who owns the asset at the moment.

At ScienceSoft, we recommend our customers to leverage NFT value in the following markets:

Arts and collectibles

An NFT creator and then a buyer own a piece of art though can’t prevent the distribution of copies.

Key points to promote NFTs in art can be:

  • A sense of ownership is vital for true art collectors.
  • Digital artists can claim the ownership of their art and connect with buyers directly, eliminating third-party services (like Spotify).

Physical property

A physical property or a piece of land is unique by default. Thus, they can be easily represented and traded as NFTs.

Key points to promote NFTs in real estate can be:

  • NFTs provide a single source of evidence to prove property ownership and ensure full traceability of the chain of title.
  • Legal terms for buying and selling real estate can be coded in smart contracts to streamline the deal-related transaction management.

Ticketing

The ticket information stored on the blockchain confirms the authenticity of a ticket and the identity of an owner.

Key points to promote NFTs in ticketing can be:

  • NFTs help combat speculative ticketing and ticket resales at inflated prices.
  • NFT-based tickets are prompt to produce and put for sale.

Gaming and metaverse

NFT marketplaces offer gamers in-game assets like characters, player cards, pieces of virtual land, skins, weapons, etc.

Key points to promote NFTs in gaming can be:

  • NFTs are one-of-a-kind, thus give a competitive gaming advantage.
  • Gamers can independently trade NFTs they don’t use anymore.

Components and Architecture of an NFT Marketplace

Following ScienceSoft’s experience in end-to-end development of NFT marketplaces, we share an illustrated example of an Ethereum-based NFT marketplace with short explanations to key terms and tools used.

How to create an NFT marketplace: architecture, diagram

Architectural components

  • A marketplace app is a web app where users sell and buy NFTs. Normally, it consists of client and server sides.
  • A digital wallet is an online service to store digital funds.
  • NFT metadata is the description of a digital asset sold as an NFT, specifically its name, creation date, attributes, owner, etc.
  • IPFS (Interplanetary File System) is a data storage system for distributed networks (blockchains). IPFSs are used to avoid power-consuming storing of digital assets with the metadata on the blockchain.
  • Smart contracts create a unique identifier for each NFT. Smart contracts for NFT marketplaces employ ERC-721 standard to create non-fungible tokens, which differentiates NFTs from fungible crypto tokens.
  • Blockchain is a distributed database that stores information about NFT transactions.

Techs and third-party services

  • Golang is the programming language ScienceSoft commonly uses for NFT marketplace back-end development.
  • Solidity is a programming language for smart contracts.
  • LevelDB is a database used for fast blockchain access.
  • AWS S3 is a cloud database that offers a range of storage classes for different data volumes.
  • Infura.io is a service providing access to the Ethereum blockchain.
  • Ethereum is the blockchain most widely used for NFT marketplaces. It stores the NFT identifiers and links them to respective digital assets.
  • ETH Gas Station provides information about the cost of Ethereum transactions.
  • CoinMarketCap is a price-tracking service for the crypto market.

Key Features of an NFT Marketplace

ScienceSoft shares fundamental features of an NFT marketplace. Any extra features will depend on the specificity of your business and will require individual consideration.

NFT product presentation

  • Storefront where users can buy NFTs or offer their digital assets for sale.
  • Product listing that can be filtered by a user’s preferences like collection, price, creator, etc.
  • Product page with NFT description, reference to a creator, and the history of bids and purchases.
  • Configurable NFT catalogs to showcase the most popular collections, newest NFT products, the most expensive items, etc.
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NFT buying and selling

  • Flexible pricing enabling NFT creators to list their assets for a fixed price or run a timed auction.
  • Fixed marketplace fees charged from the price of an NFT when it’s bought (marketplace monetization).
  • Royalty fees charged in favor of the NFT creator every time an NFT is resold.
  • Multi-currency payments for NFTs and marketplace services via a digital wallet, a mobile wallet, or with a credit card.
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Account management for users

  • User authentication via email and password, social media login, digital wallet login, or multi-factor authentication.
  • User profile that contains personal information, history of transactions, owned NFTs.
  • Seller profile where sellers upload their digital works and initiate the NFT creation process, view their transaction history and royalties received.
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Marketplace administering

  • User profile management with a possibility to view and monitor user activity on the marketplace.
  • Content management with a handy page editor to upload, edit, and publish informational and promotional content.
  • Automated generation of sales reports and calculation of marketplace profit.
  • Live chat to help marketplace users solve technical, transactional, and security issues.
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Set Up a Digital Platform to Trade NFTs

ScienceSoft is ready to help startups and established companies of all sizes design an attractive marketplace storefront and architect the server-side infrastructure to enable NFT trading.

Key Steps of NFT Marketplace Development

 

Step 1

Defining a niche for an NFT marketplace

Step 2

Launching the blockchain network

Step 3

Creating smart contracts

Step 4

Implementing the NFT marketplace

Step 5

Setting up crypto payment gateways

Step 6

Establishing security

Why to Create a Multi-Chain NFT Marketplace

When launching an NFT marketplace, you don’t necessarily operate on a single blockchain. Actually, if you do, your marketplace will face the same limitations as the chosen blockchain network. Instead, we at ScienceSoft advocate for multi-chain NFT marketplaces integrated with several blockchain networks and also with various digital wallets. The resulting interoperability increases marketplace sustainability, optimizes blockchain energy consumption, and expands customer reach for your marketplace.

NB! The leading NFT marketplaces (e.g., OpenSea, Magic Eden, and NFTrade) rely on a multi-chain model.

NFT marketplace integrations

Blockchain Platforms ScienceSoft Recommends

Below we list the go-to blockchain platforms to build an NFT marketplace on. ScienceSoft can employ any of these platforms or go with any other platform of your choice to introduce the full scope of specific marketplace capabilities your target audience needs and ensure high ROI of the solution.

Ethereum

Open-source protocol

The most popular blockchain to develop an NFT marketplace. Ethereum is often accused of a large carbon footprint driving high transaction costs, however it is reported to be undergoing a series of upgrades and expected to reduce the footprint by ~99.95%.

Binance Smart Chain

Open-source protocol

This blockchain is compatible with Ethereum Virtual Machine, which means that no extra development work is needed for smart contracts to operate in both Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain. Relies on the Proof of Staked Authority (PoSA) mechanism that provides for lower transaction fees.

Cardano

Open-source protocol

Uses a proof-of-stake protocol, the most energy-efficient protocol for blockchain networks, which explains low transaction fees. Though Cardano started to enable smart contracts only in 2021, there is already a number of NFT marketplaces based on the Cardano blockchain.

Leading NFT Marketplaces by Sales Volume

According to DappRadar, a platform for tracking decentralized apps, top 3 NFT marketplaces* are:

OpenSea

Axie Marketplace

CryptoPunks

NFT categories

Sales volume

Number of traders

* The data is provided as of November 2022.

Tips to Succeed with an NFT Marketplace

Start with a discovery stage. What are the needs of your target audience? Who are your competitors and what do they offer? What are the risks of launching your own NFT marketplace and how to mitigate them? With the answers comes a clear idea of the target market niche and the competitive strategy you need to follow. It also lays the groundwork for designing a winning platform that fully meets customer needs.

Enter the market with an MVP. Don’t invest your whole budget to get an end-to-end solution if you are excited to tap into a trending NFT market, still question the viability of your business idea. Prioritize key functionality with your development vendor to have a run-time version of your marketplace and launch it. Thus, you will get early feedback from users and move further much more confidently.

Employ a test-driven development approach to create smart contracts. When writing smart contracts, you need to identify all possible combinations of conditions that enable or fail a smart contract. Running test cases before writing code allows verifying requirements at early stages of development and save time on re-coding.

NFT Marketplace Development Cost and Timelines

The cost of NFT marketplace development is about $150,000. A typical NFT marketplace development project runs for 4-6 months from the discovery stage through to the launch.

The project cost can vary depending on your individual requirements. As a rule, factors having the greatest impact on the cost are:

The sophistication of the marketplace design

The number of integrated blockchain networks

The number of integrated digital wallets

The number and complexity of smart contracts

Launch an NFT Marketplace with ScienceSoft

The NFT market is on the rise, and new successful projects are appearing constantly. Every company still has a chance to come up with a unique selling proposition and grow into one of the biggest players on the market. Experienced in building blockchain-based decentralized apps, ScienceSoft provides a set of expert consulting and development services to help you implement a winning NFT marketplace.

NFT marketplace consulting

We help you find the right niche for your NFT marketplace and design the solution to meet the most demanding needs of your target audience. If your initial idea appears unfeasible, we are eager to offer alternatives to ensure you get high and prompt payoff from the marketplace launch.

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NFT marketplace development

Our experts take care of all the aspects of your marketplace creation, including the solution’s storefront design, smart contracts development, and implementing robust security controls. We also fully cover the project management and provide regular reports on the accomplished tasks.

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A Featured Success Story by ScienceSoft

NFT Marketplace Consulting for a US Startup

  • Analyzing customer needs and eliciting requirements for the NFT marketplace.
  • Introducing an optimal feature set, architecture design, and technology stack for the NFT marketplace.
  • NFT marketplace prototyping.

Customer’s benefits: Prompt development of a clear NFT marketplace concept. Fast and convenient assessment of the marketplace feasibility and its usability for buyers and sellers. An opportunity to reduce time to market for the solution.

About ScienceSoft

About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is an experienced IT consultant and software development provider headquartered in McKinney, TX. We enthusiastically use blockchain to create innovative business models and help our clients step into a growing NFT trading market by developing a sleek NFT marketplace. Being ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified, we guarantee the highest service quality and unfailing security of your customer data.