Do you offer web development services?
If that is the case, then you are aware of the challenges faced when trying to keep a project in scope.
A good number of web developers price projects based on the specs initially provided by the client. Unfortunately, most clients do not understand what they need/ want until after you have scoped the project.
This leads to many web development companies engaging in unhealthy arguments with clients so that they can pay for additional features and functionality of the website.
Once you complete reading this article, you will not have problems on how to estimate a web application project.
Why estimating the cost of a website development project is tough for even experienced web designers:
Important positions required for web development
Web development is not like an evening walk at the park with your spouse. The process requires collaboration of different professionals, with each of them playing a different role. Some of the most important positions include
The project manager helps in managing the project by coordinating the entire team. He comes up with the budget for the project by establishing the required resources, delivery time as well as cost.
Depending on the size and complexity of the web development project, the team can include the following positions
How to make estimating website development projects easier?
Despite the complexity of the process, you can simplify things by doing the following before you start the project.
Come up with a standard list of questions for the project.
Having a list of questions that you can send to the client will assist you to find answers to important elements of the project. The questions will also make the person who wants to create the website to think about the project upfront. You can refer to the answers throughout the project if you find the need to do so. Some of the important questions that you can ask include:
Do you an internal IT expert who can help you update your site? Who will provide you with web hosting services?
What is the dateline of your project?
Who will help you to create the website design, content and architecture?
How many pages do you need for your project?
Meet the client physically:
Meeting the decision makers of the project is very important. It is good to know each other before you embark on the project. Web development will be easy if you have a good relationship with all the decision makers of the project. Finding time to build a relationship with the decision makers will give you an easy time when it comes to solving some of the problems that come along the way.
Create an initial proposal for the project:
Use information provided by the client, match with their recommendations and create assumptions then price each of them before embarking on the process of creating the website. Some of the areas that you can give much attention include
The proposal will help the client to understand some of the important steps undertaken during project development. Do take long without walking the customer through the proposal.
Set expectations for your client:
During your meeting with the client, you have to set your expectations. You can do this by explaining all the important areas of the proposal. Outline what they include so that the client knows what you want from him or her.
Complete the web development proposal:
Take everything discussed in the previous meeting you had with the client and finalize on the project. In case the client will provide the content for the project, ensure that you include the same in your proposal so that you do not perform double work. Take your time and think through the project before finalizing the proposal. Once you do so, things will be very simple on your side the moment you begin the project at hand.
Above is the summary of what you need to do in a web project estimation. Good luck and don’t forget to share/comment.
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