Importance of Customized Web and Software Applications for Business’s Growth

Using the internet for business promotion is increasing at an accelerated rate. Having a dedicated website has become a basic necessity for almost all the organizations. With the growing competition online, you might find your business websites facing a tough time. Despite investing adequate time and money, you might not be getting satisfactory output out of your online presence. If you are facing such a situation, then it’s time for you to implement customized web applications and software solutions in your business websites.

Many entities fail to understand the importance of customization and fail to run their businesses over the internet effectively. With having dozens of websites on similar kind of products/services, customers have wide range of options to choose from. Since customers are the king of the online market, you need to care for their choices. Other than just gathering information about your services/products, they have interest to analyze your websites in terms of look and feel.

The more user-friendly applications your websites have, the more customers you will receive. In short, your decision to get your websites customized as per your business requirements will help you to measure noticeable difference in terms of sale conversions.

If you want to get quality web-based solutions including web designing, customized software development, web application development, desktop application development and lots more, you can consider contacting some web development companies. When searching for web solutions, you will find huge number of software professionals providing their helping hands. But, credibility matters a lot before making decision to hire any professionals. You will have to undergo research about their working experience, educational background and lots more, which is even more painstaking than operating websites for your business purposes. In order to get rid of such headache, you can rely on those web development companies which have pool of certified software developers, programmers, web designers etc.

Many companies prefer outsourcing their web-based projects to overseas software development companies. The main reason behind hiring offshore web developers is that they offer customized web solutions keeping in mind the limitations of time and budget. The developers use latest IT tools and techniques to develop custom software and web applications thereby meeting the specific needs of their clients. Since they have up-to-date information about the on-going trend of business functioning over the internet, they carry the potential to offer quality consulting services to their clients.

If you have made your mind to get your websites customized from a software development team, then get set to contact reliable web development companies. For sure, you can expect to get quality web development services at the best prices within the industry.

Before Choosing Your Web Partners!

Today is no doubt a world of internet and websites. From a small time shop owner to a big time hot shot everyone likes to have their own website, that too with some web application as well. You may find having your website developed as a one of the tedious tasks ever. To make your website worthy enough you have to find a great web development company which stays honest throughout their web development service tenure. You also want to make sure that you will have a good understanding designer and developer with your project manager, who all will be able to visualize your thoughts and needs.

Not only resources, the company you are going to hire must have suitable streamlined processes so that you will not face concerns or issues while your website development is running with them. If you have complete requirement with you and you are quite sure about the features you wish to develop for your website, in that case opt for the company which provides a fixed cost solution for website development services. After selecting the company to move ahead with, you would also want to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to avoid any pit falls after you hire developers.

On other hand you still not sure with the functions and structure of website you want to develop, than it is strongly suggested to opt for Business Analysis before starting any website design development services. The business analysis will provide you a complete picture of your requirement and will also help to select the best technology to develop the website with. Generally there are two major technologies are ruling the web development arena and making web development company profitable day by day, those are PHP and ASP.NET. You just need to hire PHP developer or asp.net developer and start off with the same. This process is called Dedicated Resource model, where you hire dedicated developers or a dedicated designers, who will work on your project till everything is not completed.

In both of the model you need to worry only about the things you need to share with your resources, and make it always ready beforehand, so that they never have to wait for anything to start a work in any hour. Once your project manager tells that your application is ready to launch than do not forget to take your application for testing (beta testing) phase and discuss plus remove all the bugs/issues the application have. Make sure all of the functions are working fine and once this phase is over, your website or web application will become a hen which can lay golden eggs, if you keep this maintained for long long time.

So be cleaver and alert while you hire web development company for their web development services to have a great website done on your way.

Web Design – How to Choose the Right Web Designer or Developer For Your Project

Most, if not all businesses today, can benefit from a web site. If you already have a site that is not working for your business, or you are starting the process of finding a web developer, you can save a lot of time, trouble, and most importantly money, by answering a few questions before choosing a web designer.

What is your budget?
Money and time are the two most important factors to consider before making your choice. In general most of the sites I’ve worked on, or been have asked to work on, fall into three cost levels.

Realistically, $500, is the minimum that should be budgeted for the design/redesign of any site. It should be easy to find a good designer for $300-400 to create a good basic web site. But you will most likely have a few changes and updates, especially the first month or two after you launch your online presence. So it is always a good idea to add 10-15% to your budget for any changes, etc. that will most likely come up.

Many businesses already have some sort of web site or online presence by now. If you or your organization fall under this category, and are looking to redesign and/or update your site, you probably have a better idea of what your budget will be. Most likely it will be more than $500. The web site or application redesign could even cost thousands of dollars. So for redesigns, finding a developer with the right combination of skills is going to be the next major decision made.

There are basic skills that you should look for in any web designer. For instance you want to make sure that they can truly produce a functional web site. This seems obvious. But there are professionals that specialize in developing templates, flash and or other products, that can be converted to web sites. But they are not truly a final product. These are valid and valuable services. Just make sure that your final outcome will be a published functioning website.

Other things such as communication, schedule conflicts, experience in your market area, and looking at their previous work to see if their design style is a good fit for your organization, are basic questions that must be considered when looking at your candidates for your web project. Beyond the basics skills it is also helpful to look at the exact skill sets of the various designers vying for your project.

Today, the title webmaster encompasses a wide variety of specialists and skill types. For instance, many webmasters have a graphic design background. If you or your organizations requirements call for animation, video and/or a graphic intensive design, you would want to specifically find a web designer with a lot of experience with flash, photoshop, etc.

Some other common backgrounds that webmasters come from are: Computer Science, Marketing, Copywriting and Sales. There are many more. The main idea is to have a good idea of what the internet developer specializes in and the way you want to promote your site. Matching your developers background to your requirements can make the process much smoother.

There are also quite a few, like myself, that fall into many of the categories above. Although, some webmasters have a strong grasp on multiple areas of expertise, they are few and far between. There are many though that will have all the skills you require. Most developers that work on many types of projects will be a 6-9, on a scale of 1-10, in the various competencies your project requires.

The upside to working with a web developer who is not a 10 in any area, but who has multiple areas of expertise, is just that. The entire project can be managed by one person or group. Having worked on projects where multiple developers are involved, I can say it automatically adds a new layer of complexity to the project. Since you will have several developers working on various aspects of the project, you will have to manage work flow, communication and eventually piece it all together in the end. For these and many more reasons it is always best to work with just one developer or web design company at a time.

If you are working with a company that may have many people working on your site, it is always a good idea to ask a few more questions. You still have the advantage of having the entire project managed by one entity, but the problems of communication break downs and lag times can still be an issue. Most likely the project will be handled by a project manager that will then delegate and relay requests to various people within their web design company.

A good practice is to always back up any communication in writing and make sure that deadlines are part of that communication. For instance, much of my communication is by phone. It is very helpful to type up an email that covers all the action items, issues, etc. that were covered in the phone or in person meeting. I simply ask that they respond to the email to verify what was covered, or clear up any misunderstandings before work begins on any given phase of a web project.

Written communication to verify that everyone understands what is expected, and when, is a best practice for virtually any situation. It is even more important when you are working with a company instead of directly with a single web developer.

If your budget is less than $300-500 range, try to find some extra resources somehow to allow more budget for the project. Otherwise, you will most likely need to out source it to a company overseas. You also have the option to do the site yourself; Or find a rookie designer or friend with some knowledge to help. The downside to this is that it will take a lot more time.

If you simply can not increase your budget, the best thing to do is seek out a developer on a web job board. Sites such as guru and elance have many low cost developers that will bid on your project. If you choose to go this route you can cut down on the amount of time lost by having a very clear idea of what your final site should like and how it should function.

Increasing your own technical knowledge can also save some time. Since you will mostly likely end up working with a web developer in another country and another time zone, any mis-communication or diversion from the original request can leave you out of money with an incomplete web site. And as I said, will definitely cost you days, if not more, in time.