Posts Tagged ‘custom web development’
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.
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.