What Is the Actual Cost of Developing a Website?

What is the science behind placing a quote for a website? I am sure the customers don’t know about this but the funny part is even the person sending the quote at times does not have any reasoning behind the same. If that was not the case, how come a customer who sends his requirement to 4 different web developers, gets 4 entirely different quotes ranging from $500 to $15,000.

If you question the ones placing ridiculously high quotes, they have a “Quality” rebuttal which is ambiguous. Do they believe the ones offering lower quotes are going to offer poor quality?

Well, let’s do a deep dive and find out what it takes to build a website for a small business. It could be a photographer who wants to put his portfolio online. It could be of a doctor who wants his appointment booking process to be made online via his website. It could be a plumber who wants to highlight his contact details for people to call him. Nevertheless, I believe no small business owner is looking to get built the next Facebook.com or yahoo.com.

There requirements will be more or less the following:

1. They want a decent looking website which offers easy navigation to users

2. They want to display their galleries/portfolio/services/offerings

3. They want the site to adjust according to the device it is opened on keeping in line with modern trend of increasing smart phone usage.

4. They want their contact details to be displayed in a crystal clear manner so that people can reach them easily.

5. They want their social media widgets to be placed on the website

6. They want someone to update the website at a reasonable cost whenever they need to do any changes.

Is it too much to ask? Absolutely a big NO.

Here’s how much time it’s going to take to do all that stuff. I am sure many web designers and developers would hate me to reveal this but it is true. With all the modern technologies available, the above mentioned tasks would not take more than 10 hours of designing and coding for an average web developer.

Now, let’s imagine the developer charges $20 an hour. This means the website development should not be more than $200. Then why do they ask for $500 or $1000 or $5000 for the same thing. I guess, it’s all a game of charging for the technical know-how. Since the small business owner does not understand anything about technologies, it’s easy for the developers to portray things as “rocket science” and inflate the number of man hours required to complete the tasks.

What should a business owner do?

I guess, once you decide to build a website, register the domain via GoDaddy or any other registrar (the more popular the better) and then register a hosting. It’s pretty easy stuff and does not need any technical know-how. It’s time now to go and do window shopping for economical options for getting the website developed. A little bit of Googling and you will find a list of companies who are not going to put a hole in your pocket for building your website because for a small business owner every single penny counts.

Choosing the Right Web Site Content Management System

Very few commercial Web sites do not have a Content Management System (CMS) these days.  The tools to create an easy way to add and update content for your site are easy enough to use and implement that even small businesses can easily put together a Web site using WordPress, Drupal or Joomla with or without the help of a Web Design and Development firm.  These ‘stock’ installations of these popular Open Source Content Management Systems offer a lot of great features that the average company will be able to use, and skinning them so that they look like a company’s unique identity can be quite simple to do if you are just wanting to change basic colors and logos.

Larger Web sites, however, can be much more complex to set up, and often have unique needs that the basic installation of one of these free, Open Source systems do not have ‘out of the box.’ For instance, Drupal might have a user registration module, but the entire work flow and registration process for your organization might have drastically different needs.  The question is: do you compromise what you want, or get your Content Management System to work the way you want it to?  I will always recommend the latter.  There are so many options out there that you should never have to compromise your vision.

There are three ways to approach the challenge of truly unique needs and requirements:

1. Modify an Open Source Content Management System to suit your needs.

Again, this is something that I’ve done countless times and it definitely possible.  If you are drastically modifying the core of the CMS, I would strongly recommend finding a company that has a lot of experience with the Content Management System you are using.  You want to make sure that it will be relatively painless to upgrade the core system without making too many modifications.  A less experienced programmer might unknowingly make a change to the Content Management System’s underlying functionality that will prove problematic later on.

2. Find a Content Management System that has the functionality you are looking for, or something very close to it.

This might involve moving towards a licensed, proprietary Content Management System.  There is certainly nothing wrong with this option, and many larger organizations have found that the Open Source CMS options out there are good, but not tailored towards the larger, enterprise mindset and need for scalability.  There are plenty of great licensed CMS platforms out there, ranging anywhere from $5,000/year to upwards of $100,000/year and, like anything else, the more you pay, the more flexibility, expandability and technical support you will get. You will be able to get the system customized to your liking as well by working with either the CMS company itself or a preferred vendor. Obviously, companies and organizations with little to no annual licensing budgets will quickly find that what they are looking for is out of reach, and might go back to looking at the Open Source options.

3. Create your own Content Management System

Some times, there are just such specific work flow and functional needs for your Web site or Web-based application that it does not make sense to use either a standard Open Source CMS or another proprietary one. For a site that interfaces with other very unique systems, has unique user/member needs, or has only one aspect that needs to be controlled by a WYSIWYG editor, some times it makes sense to just develop a custom Content Management System that handles these parts of your Web site. The advantages of a customized CMS is that it does EXACTLY what you want it to, the way you want it to.  The drawback, of course, is that if you want to change Web Development vendors, you will want to make sure that your new vendor can work with your system.  The benefit of an Open Source system is that there is a large community of developers familiar with the system, and the benefit of a proprietary system is that most of the time there is a highly qualified preferred vendor network that can help you if you need to change Web Development providers.

Choosing a Web Content Management System is not an easy task, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that your CMS should not determine what your Web site can do.  Make sure you find the one that will let you and your organization accomplish its goals.

How PHP Application Development is Helpful to Us?

PHP development is a general purpose scripting language widely used in web development application. It can be easily embedded into HTML also. Worldwide you would find many people knowing the PHP language but among them only few have the ability to handle the project effectively.

PHP gives support to different databases including the popular ones like MySQL, Oracle, Informix, Sybase, Solid, Generic ODBC, PostgreSQL, etc. The best thing about PHP is that as per ones requirements its functionality can be changed. In addition to this easily one can develop complex websites also. Beside the development of websites, PHP has been used for developing enterprising solutions like e shopping carts with CMS, CRM Solutions, web calendars for communities, etc. It has also been used for open source software integration like OsCommerce, Drupal, Joomla, Typo3, Simple Machine Forum, vBulletin, phpAdsNew, phpBB Eventum, and others. Seeing the benefits and areas of application, PHP has become a globally accepted scripting language. Among so many software languages, it stands on the forth position.

If you are looking for team of PHP developers India who are well equipped with the knowledge of PHP web development, then look out for company that specializes in PHP application development. PHP development in India too, has caught the attention of many. Seeing its importance many companies now outsource PHP programmers. You can hire one of those or company that has carved a niche for it in open source development India.

PHP developers in India have served clients from various industries including the popular ones like Retail, Telecom, Travel, and others. Seeing the importance many PHP India developers have started using this technology as an alternative of ASP.NET Programming, ASP Programming, and Coldfusion Development.

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