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4 Ways To Save On Web Development Costs

4 Ways To Save On Web Development Costs

What do Amazon, NYTimes.com, and Facebook have in common? Other than the fact that they’re all websites, very little.

A common mistake among those unfamiliar with web development is the thinking that all websites are essentially the same. While they do share some common traits, websites are often vastly different from one another. Some websites are simple and straightforward while others can be mind-numbingly complex. That said, it’s nearly impossible to give a figure on how much a website should cost.

For non-techies who need a website, this could be a problem. How then do you get the best deal out of the thousands of developers and web development services that exist?  

To help you with your website journey, here are 4 Ways To Save On Web Development Costs.

  1. Invest In Quality Web Development

The world often gives you what you pay for. If something is dirt cheap, chances are there’s a reason why. For example, a brand new car selling at 80% off is bound to raise some eyebrows. Maybe it isn’t really brand new; maybe it came from a dubious source. It could be a number of other things.

On the other hand, there certainly are good deals out there. Experienced web developers are usually worth their salt and, although they might be pricier, they tend to deliver better results.

The best web developers are usually those with either a degree in computer science and/or programming or a certificate from a reputable coding bootcamp. Invest in a web developer who’s been around the block–or at least someone with a reasonable portfolio.

  1. Take Everything One Step At A Time

One of the worst web development nightmares is ending up with a website you don’t like. Or worse, one that doesn’t work.

Avoid this mistake by setting milestones for approval. Ideally, you should be able to pay your developer according to the tasks they’ve already accomplished. Break down the entire process into manageable parts that you can oversee. If you’re happy with the work, you can move on to the next milestone. That way, you can be on top of things as they unfold.

  1. Know What You Want

Do you want a blog or an ecommerce site? A heavily visual or a text-driven website? A website with a lot of applications or a simple layout? What do you need the website to do?

There are many who want websites without knowing why. Figure out what you want out of the website before even thinking of getting started. By coming up with a list of things you need, you’ll be able to convey your vision to the web developer.

In addition, prepare everything you need–important images, documents, data, etc.–so the developer can readily incorporate them into your website.

  1. Learn To Speak Their Language

Ever spoken with someone who doesn’t understand English? It can be frustrating and time-consuming.

Likewise, if you don’t understand web development, it can be difficult to communicate to your web developer exactly what you mean.

Keep yourself in the loop and learn some basics on web development. Anyone can learn how to code; it’s just a matter of getting started. Who knows–you might not need a web developer after all. Now that’s a lot of savings!

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