When you need to choose an offshore web development company, look at these tips:
1. FORMULATE THE PURPOSE OF THE DEVELOPMENT
Often, the development of a new website is only part of the solution to a global business problem. But what is this task: to attract additional sales? positioning change? bringing a new product to market?
If the development goal is clear, a competent web studio will easily select suitable solutions and even help formulate a market request.
2. FORMULATE KEY REQUIREMENTS
Consider if there are conditions that must be met during development. This may be the term, the ease of management of the future site, or the presence of certain functionality on it.
By informing the web studio of these requirements, you will minimize the risks of getting an inaccurate estimate or choosing an unsuitable technical solution.
3. IDENTIFY YOUR BUDGET
It is not necessary to formulate an exact budget, but it is important to decide which order of prices is right for you. There are developers on the market with very different pricing policies. Without specifying a budget at the start, you run the risk of spending a lot of time and effort on negotiations with a contractor who will not be able to offer an estimate that is comfortable for you in the end.
Criteria for choosing a web studio
There is no recipe or checklist for choosing the perfect web studio. However, there are a few guidelines to help make the search process easier:
1. LOOK AT THE RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
The more similar projects a studio has, the better it will cope with the development of your site, there will be less costs. It is worth paying attention to two points – experience in the subject and experience in developing sites of a similar type.
2. LOOK FOR REVIEWS
Pay attention to the availability of confirmed reviews on the website of the web studio, in social networks and profile ratings. If in doubt, you can ask the studio for the contacts of satisfied customers or contact the companies from the portfolio yourself for first-hand feedback.
3. ASK ABOUT PRICING
A conscientious contractor is usually ready to answer questions about the cost of an hour of work and tell what it consists of. He will also be able to indicate the planned labor costs for the project and tell you what affects the development cost.
4. ASK ABOUT RISKS
When choosing a contractor to develop a website, ask what is the current workload for one performer and whether the team has the opportunity to take on new projects. You can also ask how the staff is staffed. For example, if there is only one programmer with the right knowledge and there is a chance that he will leave the project, a good contractor will honestly tell you about this and offer a plan B in case of unforeseen problems.
5. READ THE CONTRACT
The agreement will show how transparent further cooperation can be. Pay attention to whether the terms are specified in the contract, whether there are sanctions for non- fulfillment by the parties of obligations, whether additional work may be required on a paid basis.