Assess the price
Is the price realistic? Usually, neither the highest nor the lowest bidder are the good choice. Low price bidders either underestimated the project requirements or they will try to “develop” your website by buying a 60 dollar version of the finished website (hence they are not actually developers but as we call them “content inputters”) or they are simply not skilled enough for the job.
High price bidders are usually just to expensive although it isnot always the case.
How to know if the price for the website development is realistic? The following is based on our experience:
– standard brochure (small business) websites go from 2500 USD to 5000 USD. Reasonable price for larger brochure websites (more than 15 pages of content and some advanced functionalities) is from 5000 USD to 15.000 USD.
– E-Commerce websites range from 10.000 USD to 25.000 USD
More about website pricing is covered in our blog post: HOW MUCH DOES A WEBSITE COST.
Assess how detailed is the Project Proposal
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Project Proposal and the specification of hours should give as much details as possible. It has to include:
– description of the client and project
– name of the project manager
– price specification for each of the activities in the project per hour and with hourly rate (design, development of various modules, content creation, content inputting, testing etc…)
– Technical Brief should be attached to Project Proposal and it should define all of the future website’s functionalities in details
– maintenance costs and hosting details
– timeline and deadlines for each phase in the project
– payment conditions (it is ideal if payment is in at least 3 instalments; advance payment to get the project going, second payment after the middle phase of the project, final payment once the project is finalized)
– legal details on both the client and the agency
Website projects are not so unlike real estate building projects. The planning phase is the most important.