His blog was originally posted on clutch.io by Amanda Soderlund, but we found it worth reading so would like to re-post here for our blog readers.
There are various options for building a website, but what solution can provide the most value for both your website and business goals? A website can be as simple as an informational brochure or a basic blogging site, and as complicated as a customized operational system for a business. The complexity of a website can vary depending on the purpose, goals for performance, and the function and feature requirements. If the purpose, goals, and function and feature requirements are mapped out from the start, it will be easier to choose the optimal solution for building the website.
We interviewed experts from across the field of web design and development to get their input on what to consider before building a website. The experts provide recommendations from the planning stages to after the launch of the website while also detailing the abilities, limitations and costs associated with different website building solutions.
Previously, to be able to build a website, you had to have extensive knowledge of how to code, build, and design a successful website. Now, almost anyone can have an online presence with the various options that make building a website widely available. This article primarily focuses on four solutions for building a website:
- Using a do-it-yourself website builder
- Using a pre-made theme or template for an open source content management system (CMS)
- Hiring a web design and development company to build a custom website on an open source CMS
- Hiring a web design and development company to build a custom website with a framework
The optimal solution for building a website depends on the complexity of the website requirements and the business needs. This article points out components to consider when choosing how to build a website as well as the abilities, benefits, limitations, and costs associated with each solution.
TDD is the process of writing automated tests to ensure that code works before writing the implementation. You write a test, watch it fail (red), write the implementation, watch the test pass (green), and refactor if needed. Repeat the cycle as you build out the system.
The process has been studied in depth and has proven itself to be very useful to increase the quality of software. But did you know that it also saves organizations a lot of time and money?
One of the primary reasons managers cite for waiting so long to implement TDD is the cost. It’s common for initial project build-outs to take up to 30% longer with TDD.
What those managers need to know is that TDD reduces production bug density 40% — 80%, and that makes all the difference. More bugs in production lead to a dramatic rise in maintenance costs.
Many years of my experience in web and mobile development, including complex and often risky quoting processes I was involved in during my career at Stepin Solutions, has left me with the same dilemmas: how to accurately quote web projects? What time buffers should I assume? What risks to consider?…
The final quote sent to the client is based on the time estimate and aforementioned factors. I’m sure the same patterns are applied by the most of worldwide web agencies which struggle with clients requesting fixed-bid assignments.
What are the client-side results of fixed-price approach?
Quotes sent in by potential project managers are probably not free of overestimating. Let’s face the truth – in most of the cases it is the project managers who is more aware about the real costs and potential risks of a project.
Of course, years of experience in managing software projects allow to estimate resource needs more accurately, however even with the help of Nostradamus we are not able to predict every possible situation. And I’m positive there are more situations like this than characters in this article! Even solid track-record and extensive experience in custom web application development does not make it much easier to predict problems with various website components or with integrating the software with an external APIs.
Medium- and low-budget developments created with a help of open-source solutions such as Symfony or Drupal or Magento can be delivered within accurately prepared estimates and without major issues. On the other hand, custom development can create complications and getting into more and more specific requirements brings unwanted project growth. And then, we either start to try and force-fit the project in the budget or debate on whether the requirements meet preset project scope or not. Instead of working on the real project development, we waste days or even weeks talking about it, negotiating and clarifying the specification.
Discover the Secret of Saving Thousands of Dollars Each Month While Increasing Your Web and Mobile App Development Productivity
Here’s the ultimate ‘Offshoring Discovery’:
If you think about it Google hasn’t even reached its twentieth birthday, yet it is one of the fastest growing companies in the world. How is it that some companies seem to have accelerated growth and others have come out of nowhere to become leaders in a really short period of time. How do they do it?
Answer: Leveraging Time and Talent
Do you think mobile app development needs API support for flexible, light weight and robust application development? If you don`t have any idea about it then you are at the right place to be aware about the truth and hidden scenes.
APIs, or “Application Programming Interfaces”, have revolutionized the way that we use web and mobile applications by allowing computer programs to talk to each other. Because of this revolution, software development and innovation has periodically sped-up over the last 10 years and apps get integrated and communicated in an amazing new ways.
What is an API?
We use our PCs, laptops, mobile phones and tablets very day to communicate with our friends, family and colleagues. But how do computer programs communicate with each other?
Being a Trusted Mobile app development company, we have been asked questions like;
– How to Build an App Like Uber?
– How much does it Cost to build an App similar to Uber?
– I want to build a Taxi App similar to Uber. How can we go about it?
Being a responsible solution provider we thought to bring you the exclusive information which helps to answer all above questions.
Uber, being released in March 2009 has changed the way people think of a Taxi and Transportation services worldwide. Despite the fact that it’s in the market for almost 7 years — market there is still pretty competitive. Things that matter are the quality of the services (such as price, cars quantity, on time delivery, etc…) and the usability of the application itself. Also, you should not forget that we are basically talking about 2 apps instead of 1, as there is one app for a driver and the other one that is used by passengers. To keep things under control you would also need a web based admin dashboard.
Many Digital Agencies are winning with Remote Developers. Here are the ways to do it at your own.
If you own or manage a digital agency, you would agree to the point that hiring the appropriate talent is critical to your success. But hiring the most suitable developer isn’t that easy as demand often exceeds the supply of talent in many cities.
Many agencies have started hiring remote developers to overcome the shortage. These agencies are getting ahead of the competition by ensuring they have their required talent to help their clients.
According to current research 20% (or 1 in 5) of agencies are virtual and over 80% of them agreeing that using remote employees improves productivity.
There was a time when people used to travel around the world with guide books, maps and different awkward printed material; that era has died out. The future is always on: it is portable and always in your pocket in the form of a smartphone or a tablet.
As a result, the relationship between travel and technology has become closer than ever, with more and more businesses turning to mobile apps to promote their services and reach customers in a more personal way.
The travel and tourism are a huge 6.3 trillion dollar industry according to the 2015 statistics. A huge part of this success has been played by mobile apps. As the partnership between the tourism industry and technology grows, both of them have earned several grand slams and much more are on the way.
Google launched a major update on April 21st which was about extending the use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal throughout mobile search results. This change will affect worldwide mobile search results in all languages, and Google says it will have a “significant” impact.
To be precise, this update involves 2 things.
- It basically separates Google search results for Mobile and Desktop where in Mobile search results, mobile friendly websites get significant advawill be ranked higher.
- This is not as significant as 1st one but it is better to know that from now on, in google search results you will occasionally see content from installed app on your device.
As you can see out of the 2 updates launched, the one with mass impact is about considering mobile friendliness as a ranking signal. Let’s talk more about the important one then.
If you are thinking of developing a mobile app, an important decision is to decide whether you want to a native app or a hybrid one. Choosing to use native or hybrid mobile application is always the pain for everyone who wants to make their mobile apps.
From our experience working with mobile app development we have narrated following inputs which we feel will be useful for you make a decision.
Native apps are specific to a given mobile platform (iOS or Android) using the development tools and language that the respective platform supports (e.g., Xcode and Objective-C with iOS, Eclipse and Java with Android). With Native apps, you have complete control over features you want to implement in an app. In terms of overall performance which includes look and feel, using device features etc. Native app is best.