People look for ways to outsource web development all the time. Here’s a guide that will show you what you should pay attention to in order to make the most out of it.
Not everyone’s a programmer but a professional website is essential for any business. That’s why web development is always growing in popularity with the business becoming increasingly digitized. The demand for it shows no signs of stopping. In order to meet it, there are plenty of “free” website constructors on the internet that don’t require any coding skills. However, if you want something that is not cookie-cutter or has more advanced functionality then welcome to the world of web development.
Outsourcing is a practice that has been taking the increasingly globalized world by storm. The business simply doesn’t see borders anymore. But even within any given country, you can find a company that is ready to help you out. This practice is quite controversial too. Seems like most people have their minds already made up. Outsourcing is either a massive headache and a waste of time or the saving grace that propels your growth. Let’s look at the three pillars of outsourcing to see why it’s so prevalent. Money, time, and skills.
This point is the most obvious one and the most common reason companies choose to outsource. It saves money and keeps your bottom line pretty. With that come other benefits such as happy investors and shareholders, more budget for other projects, raises for your staff, and the list goes on.
Outsourcing also helps you save valuable time. Any business has a myriad of moving parts all demanding your attention. Delegating some of your work helps you concentrate on efficiently running a business. Not to mention, work is always continuously happening in the background and your downtime can be eliminated completely if you choose your partner right.
Far from all organizations have a dedicated department for web development. It’s unreasonable to expect every mom and pop store that wants a website to have an in-house team of programmers. When you outsource web development you have the best experts in their field sharing their knowledge with you and using best practices to deliver a web app you’ll be happy with. For example, if you need to make your web application comply with ADA then there's a team always ready to help.
Web development is not a single developer but an entire team with a system of processes. It all depends on the complexity of the project, of course. A simple landing page is quite different from a complex web application-based information system. And yet both are under the web development umbrella. So, let’s see what services you can often find in this field of outsourcing.
They write the code responsible for the core functionality of your web project. Back-end architecture determines the logic and performance as well as everything “under the hood” that a normal user doesn’t interact with. Integration with databases, managing APIs, and everything server-side is all done by back-end developers.
While the back-end is responsible for the server-side, the front-end is for the client-side. This means everything a user sees and interacts with is facilitated by front-end code. Every animation, as well as every navigational menu, button, entry field, and neat features you can play with, are the work of front-end developers.
Everything described in the paragraph above is first designed by these members of the team. UI/UX stands for user interface and user experience. However, they don’t just create a prototype that looks cool and is trendy, they make sure that the web app is as easy and pleasant to use as possible by working on logic, navigation, and often functional features themselves.
Project managers are the glue that keeps the team together, the driving force behind it, and the person facilitating effective communication between the team and the client all at the same time. The range of their responsibilities is big enough to write a whole article about it.
They are often overlooked and rarely mentioned in discussions about web development. Just having a website is not enough. It has to be optimized to show up in search rankings via SEO. Analyzing the data and trends can help you promote your web project while it is still in development and be relevant right on the day of the release.
Finding a reliable outsourcing partner is not a task to take lightly. Having one bad experience, especially if it is the first one, can turn you away from all the potential benefits. Check out our article on finding a reliable software vendor, it has a lot of parallels that you can easily apply for this topic too.
As far as web development goes, you shouldn’t have any problem finding an outsourcing provider. In the field of software, web development companies are the most common ones. However, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with choice. This is the reason aggregator websites exist. The help you find a partner by doing most of the hard work for you. They analyze the facts and present them in a succinct and accessible way. Among the most respected are Clutch and GoodFirms, but feel free to check out other ones such as 99firms, G2, or appfutura. Each one has its own systems and methods for their rankings. Freelancing platforms like Upwork are also a great place to go searching.
Outsourcing and its quality are heavily affected by the country you’re delegating your work to. Let’s look at the different location-based approaches.
This means the service provider is located in your country. It has many benefits. You are familiar with the culture, the language, and the legislation, for example. However, if you are in a country such as the USA, Australia, or the UK, outsourcing is often just as expensive if not more than hiring somebody full time.
Neighboring countries and ones within two or three time zones are considered to be nearshore. For many cases, it is a compromise between onshore and offshore with the benefits reflecting that. It still often is quite expensive but the degree of control you retain is higher.
Offshoring means working with overseas companies further than four time zones away from your location. By far the most cost-saving option out of the three. It’s often perceived as the riskiest one, however, as long as you don’t go for the cheapest price you don’t have to worry about it. In fact, there are some unexpected benefits you can discover. For example, a large time zone difference means that the work continues while you sleep.
The infographic above lists the average hourly rates in some of the popular web development outsourcing destinations. They give you a vague picture of how much it will cost you. However, it is hard to imagine when you don’t know how many hours a project can take. Any good outsourcing company should provide you with an estimate before you start working together.
The final price largely depends on the complexity of your web app. A standard CMS where you can add and modify content such as text posts usually takes around 7 to 10 days. An eCommerce website with features such as shopping cart, social integration, and cross-platform support often takes up to 6 weeks. Correlate that with an hourly rate in the country of your choosing and you’ll get the rough price point you can expect.
More complex web applications take longer and are estimated on a case-by-case basis. As a general rule, you should never be afraid to request an estimate for your project. Most companies will provide one for free and you’ll have a better understanding of what will make your idea come to life.
Throughout the years of our experience, we got to establish mutually lucrative cooperation with some of the most influential companies in their respective fields. We have successfully completed projects within and outside the web development area of expertise. No two stories are alike but there are some common threads when it comes to the reasons our clients chose us.
Intellectual property security is one of the most common factors. The loss of confidential information is catastrophic to most companies regardless of the industry. That’s why the non-disclosure agreements (NDA) are standard practice in our work. We take the safety of the customers’ personal data and intellectual property extremely seriously. While this means we can’t use our clients in our marketing the reputation of being secure has always been worth it. Who knows, you may be using our product and not be aware of it.
The transparency of our development process is another thing that our clients love about us. Regular communication and meetings with detailed reports allow our customers to always be aware of how the development is progressing. We are working according to the Agile methodology, which is always financially beneficial for our customers.
You don’t have to take our word for it. Check out the testimonials our clients have provided on our website. If you choose Digital Skynet your project is in safe hands.
So, how to outsource web development and not regret it? Here’s a quick step-by-step guide for easy reference:
It’s not as difficult as it may seem. With the information you are now equipped with you can embark on your outsourcing journey in no time