Archive for Downsizer For an ethical approach to consumption
 


       Downsizer Forum Index -> IT Matters
Jamanda

Web site providers

The Commons are looking to get someone one to build us a new website. We have tenders from four companies with wildly different prices. We've looked at some examples of sites they have all done for clients, but it's hard for a lay person to make any judgments other than on the aesthetics.

What are the questions we really need to know the answer to?
dpack

are their sites:
stable,
are they secure from hacking
what are the hosting arrangements (unless you have your own server or rent hosting),
do the buttons etc work well on stuff they do,
is their stuff easy to find/load/navigate/read/use ,
are their sites easy for you to update information to.?
buzzy

Also you need to know how big the companies are. If you are talking to a one person band, what happens to your site if that person gets run over by a serial bus?

Henry
earthyvirgo

Assume they all have the same brief Jamanda?
If their quotes are wildly different, I suspect they've interpreted the requirements to suit what they want to do, not what you want.

The only way to get comparable quote is to be very specific.

Are you asking for a site you can manage and update yourselves?
If yes, watch out for them tying you in to software with usage/license fees.

Oh, and you really need any website these days to work on a tablet/mobile as well as laptop/desktop. I forget what the percentage of users access sites on their phones but it's growing daily.

EV
vegplot

Also you need to know how big the companies are. If you are talking to a one person band, what happens to your site if that person gets run over by a serial bus?

Henry


That shouldn't be a cause for concern if the site owner ensures they have access to the site and associated hosting arrangements.
vegplot

Re: Web site providers

The Commons are looking to get someone one to build us a new website. We have tenders from four companies with wildly different prices. We've looked at some examples of sites they have all done for clients, but it's hard for a lay person to make any judgments other than on the aesthetics.

What are the questions we really need to know the answer to?


How specific were the requirements? Wildly varying prices indicate that there might be room for improvement as each vendor will have interpreted them in different ways.

I wrote a specific on behalf of a organisation who decided not to use it as they thought it too complex and now have a website which went over budget by 100% and is not really fit for purpose.

if the original specification wasn't tight enough you may need to start again.

However, that doesn't answer your question.

Very briefly;

Device compatibility - will it work as well on smartphone and tablets as it does on the desktop.

Speed - it should be fast and have as low a payload as possible.

Secure - protected against cross site scripting, SQL injection, form bots etc.

Hosting arrangements - do ensure that satisfactory arrangements are in place if the vendor ceases trading.

Design - very subjective but user accessibility is a key priority.

Target audience and action - ensuring the site conveys your messages clearly and user can find information quickly.

Updates - What provision is made for content management. If you plan to do this yourselves how do you plan to ensure consistency and quality.

Support contracts - what provision is there for you to obtain ongoing support.

Those are just a few off the top of my head. If you don't want to go through the tender process twice call the vendors and discuss their quotes get a feel of how willing they are to discuss and the personal interactions you have with them. It's really important to build a close two way relationship.
Jamanda

Thanks. That's helpful. They were all given the same brief, but I haven't seen it yet. I have asked for a copy. Nick

Re: Web site providers

The Commons are looking to get someone one to build us a new website. We have tenders from four companies with wildly different prices. We've looked at some examples of sites they have all done for clients, but it's hard for a lay person to make any judgments other than on the aesthetics.

What are the questions we really need to know the answer to?

Sort of echoing Vegplot in part. Can you work with the person? I'm guessing if you don't know what you're doing and are outsourcing it, and it'll want changing or tinkering with, you're going to have a relationship. People buy from people. Ring them. Have a chat. Buy from someone you can engage with, all other things being equal.
Cathryn

Maybe someone like Vegplot? Or are you going local?
       Downsizer Forum Index -> IT Matters
Page 1 of 1
Home Home Home Home Home