Our Website Development Process
At Interlynk, we take great care in developing Websites for our clients. We apply our software development cycle to the web design process to allow a better understanding or our clients needs and its strengths to build a Website that is unique, robust and highly functional tailored to our clients needs.
Below is an example of a typical development cycle for our projects:
Step 1: Requirements analysis
Before we begin, our consultants gather information from our client to determine what is that they do and the purpose of building the website. More importantly, we ask them what makes them different from their competitors, what is that little something that makes them special. This is a very important step to determine how the clients website should be convey and marketed. Also in the requirements analysis, we consult with our clients all the functionalities they require or want to add in future. We go through what is a typical turnaround time for their project and also cost expectations.
Step 2: Design
After the completion of requirements analysis, our graphic and website designers begin work in collaboration with our client to determine the look and feel for their website. Things that we take into consideration include marketing message, targeted audience and value proposition. Our client can contribute as little or as much recommendations as they prefer on the design of their website.
Step 3: Implementation
Once the design is confirmed and/or revised, our programmers commence work to build the website therefore to put together all the graphic elements our designers created previously and also any information our client gives us. Unlike other developers, we will open the site for our clients to view and make or suggest additional changes
Step 4: Testing
Once the website is successfully implemented, Interlynk takes great care to test the website for usability and bugs before finally launching the Website.
Step 5: Maintenance
We do not stop after the website is launched. Instead, we will continuously monitor the website for bugs and updates to ensure your website is always up to date and free of security concerns and bugs that can hamper your business.
What contributes to the cost of a website?
What contributes to the cost of a website or more specifically ‘how much should a website cost’ is one of the most common questions we get asked. There seem to be widespread ambiguity regarding this matter mainly because of the ways it’s being marketed by some companies.
In short, the cheaper the package, the more effort you are required to put in. Many CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software such as Wordpress, and Joomla!, offers the ability to edit articles and images without much experience. These websites typically cost more than traditionally coded websites where change is not possible without the aid of a web developer.
Companies that charge a monthly fee and offer ‘free’ website building software often requires the user to learn about its software. However, many of these software lack the ability to customise.
You see, websites are not all built the same and below are the many factors that determine the final cost of a website.
This is perhaps the most important feature a website can have to stand out from the millions of Websites out there on the Internet.
Many website development companies that only use a limited range of Website designs can cut the cost of development. However, in the process, they sacrifice the uniqueness of a website that makes it stand out and rank higher on search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
For the average business owner, the difference between a unique design and one that has been used hundreds of times can be difficult to spot. The easiest way to tell if you’ve been offered a unique design is in the designing process of a website. Unique website designs start from the ground up. Therefore, the web developer will ask questions regarding your business strategy, type of customer, business motto and functionalities etc... because these will be required to build a website that is tailored specifically for your business. Web developers that ask you to choose from a range of websites will most likely have purchased their design elsewhere.
Features and functionality
Features and functionality is another feature that can determine the pricing of a website. Websites that have more functions and complex coding will cost considerately more than a simple static information website. Furthermore, functions that was not planned in the initial stages will cost more to add due to the tedious task of programming and re-arranging of Website elements.
Quality can also affect the pricing of a Website. High quality design and implementation will sometime involve many parties to implement including graphic designer, website developer, SEO specialist, consultant and also project manager for larger projects.
Support and maintenance are important factors that needs consideration when considering the cost of developing a website. Localised support are often superior to overseas support not only because of language limitations but also because response time is instantaneous. Instead of waiting for a couple of days to get a response due to different time zones, localised support allows for a quicker turnaround which means problems are resolved sooner. To put it simply, support from local sources tend to be higher quality and will inevitably cost more.
So, hopefully you will have an understanding of the attributes that make up the cost of a website. To put a value on it will be too difficult without first understanding what the customers expectations of the above requirements are. If we have to put a very rough estimate it would be $2000+ for a standard custom-designed website and $4000+ for an online store. How we derived on those figure will be further explained upon in future posts.