This three-part blog series explains the various stages of a website development process so that you:
This is part 2 of the series. In this blog, we’ll look at getting quotes from developers, selecting a developer, and then getting the project started.
Of course, the exact process you will experience will depend on the type of website you are developing as well as the developer’s internal processes. This blog will, however, outline the key points and stages as well as highlighting things you should consider.
Think Carefully About the Proposals Process Before Seeking Quotes from Developers
You will probably need to get quotes from website developers, so you can select one to build your new website. Before beginning this process, however, think carefully about what you are asking the developers to do.
Asking them to plan the website out, give you an idea of the structure, and/or create a specification document, could be viewed as asking for free work.
If you can’t provide this information to developers so they can prepare a proposal, and the developer can’t cost the job without the information, you should consider investing in a needs analysis process. This involves putting together information the developer will require so they properly understand what you want to achieve.
If the website you are planning is relatively standard and you have a rough idea of the pages, content, and functionality you want, you may be able to obtain quotes without getting a needs analysis.
Select a Developer
You should now be at the point of choosing and appointing a website developer. Here are some things you should find out and understand:
First Things the Developer Will Need
Once you appoint a developer, it’s worthwhile considering the following points. Your developer is likely to ask them, probably in your first meeting. Your answers will help the developer better understand your business.
The things your developer will want to know includes:
The Next Stages
In the third and final part of this blog series, we’ll look at the steps involved in the build process – what you can expect, what the developer will do, and how you might be involved.