Web Design and Development
For the average individual or small business, it might not be an option to pay the going rate for professional web development. And at the same time, no one wants to sacrifice quality for cost, and end up with an unprofessional design or cookie-cutter template website. So what can you do?
Well, if you are willing to make a few compromises and do some work of your own, you’ll be able to have the best of both worlds. Below we give tips on how to hire a professional web developer and keep your costs to a minimum.
Many web developers offer flat rate development quotes. These fees are sometimes inflated to allow for the indecisiveness of a client and to avoid any potential difficulties that might arise from the need to add fees to an initial quote.
However, if you know what you want, you can get around this. Ask your developer if it is possible to be billed hourly. And while this probably will not translate into large savings on small projects, this can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars on large projects.
So before you go out and hire a developer, carefully plan out your website. Get an idea of how you’d like it to be organized and the aesthetic that you’d like to have.
This isn’t an option for everyone, but if you are a designer, it might be a good idea for you to provide your design. Not only will you get exactly what you want, but your development costs will be drastically reduced and your site will be launched in record time.
Of course, you do not want to make extra work for your developer. So, if you plan to provide a design, be sure that you know how to design for the web. This includes page widths, colors, and typography.
A good rule of thumb is to have all of your content completed prior to hiring a web developer. You might find this suprising, but most clients do not not have their content prepared, even when it is required. This often necessitates extra work for the developer which, of course, might translate into extra costs.
There are many free open source software packages online that you can use for your website. These programs can enable you to run anything such as a blog, a forum, an eCommerce website, a Wiki, and more… To lower your development costs, consider having your developer adapt one of these packages to your needs.
Unfortunately, this might mean sacrificing on a few specifications and eliminating some features, but as your website grows and becomes more profitable, you can always consider adding to it later.
Obviously, you will have to make some sacrifices to get quality web development at lower costs. However, even though you might be able to reduce the development costs, they still might be a bit higher than your budget. If this is the case, you might have to consider some alternatives, such as low cost international developers or students. (We mentioned some other alternatives in our article How Much Should Professional Web Design Cost?.)Tags: cheap web development, content, open source, web development rates