How Do I Outsource Web Development?
Outsourcing web development involves 5 steps that address everything from clarifying the work needed to searching for and shortlisting web developers to hiring an outsourced web development company.
- Identify the type of website you need
- Determine the requirements
- Find resources for outsourced work
- Oversee web development progress
- Review and test before going live
Identify the Type of Website You Need
This phase is an essential step, as it sets the tone for the type of web developer you need, how you wish to engage the web development company, and your budget. A more complex website with many features will cost more, while a simple website is less expensive.
Determine Your Website Requirements
Once you identify the type of website needed, you then outline the requirements. The requirements consist of the website's functionality, the website platform (think WordPress Drupal, etc.), and the development language to use. In addition, requirements include the environment in which the website will be used, plus an overview of the type of user the site is intended for.
Find Resources for Outsourced Work
With the type of website and requirements outlined, finding the right solution provider is next. During your search, different platforms offer information regarding outsourced solutions. Some platforms provide turnkey solutions enabling engagement, project management, and payment (receiving a small cut of the overall price given to the resource). Other resources provide detailed information and ratings but allow you to engage and manage the outsourced solution provider directly.
Oversee Web Development Progress
Whether the outsourced provider is in the same time zone or another country, setting milestones, communicating about progress, and meeting key deliverables is critical within the project management phase. Interacting with your outsourced web development company regularly provides the direction needed to drive your website project to a successful conclusion.
Review and Test Before Going Live
Once the website is complete, you must test the functionality and performance on a development website prior to transitioning to a live site. If you are satisfied with this review process, your outsourced provider can then move the site to the live server.
What Are Web Development Challenges to Look Out For?
The web development challenges to look out for include making sure you find the right web development company fit in terms of development experience, expertise and capabilities, communication style, and budget.
Throughout the web development process, make sure the web development company delivers the functionality and requirements you requested and the platform and development languages are scalable. Finally, make sure the web development company understands your timeframe for development and final delivery and there is a process to resolve any unforeseen issues that arise.