After having established with your client the general structure of the website and the objectives behind its creation (type of content, number of pages, etc.), you will have to create a detailed budget estimate, which will include the costs and the estimated time of completion for the project at hand.How should I calculate the costs and delivery time of a web project without misrepresenting these figures?
The best way is to work on a project-basis.
Web development is not an easy task, as someone who is misinformed might think. Rather, it is a complex endeavor that requires the collaboration of various professionals, each of whom is assigned a specific role in the development of the project.
Let’s take a look at some of the most important positions we will find in web development.
Project manager: is in charge of managing the project by coordinating the work team, coming up with a budget for the project and establishing the types of resources, costs and delivery time.
Development team: depending on the complexity of the project, it can include the following positions:
web concept designer: is responsible for giving shape to the project, starting from the initial idea, the communication strategies and the business objectives.
web designer: is responsible for the layout of the entire website. He or she is in charge of curing the look, the user interface, colors and the main navigation tree.
graphic designer: working with the web designer and/or the client, the graphic designer is in charge of the page layout and the overall graphics of the website. The graphic designer’s main responsibility is to convey a range of emotions to the user through his or her choice of images and graphics.
web developer: is in charge of structuring the various web pages. He or she is responsible for the correct transfer of a web designer’s ideas into a page that can be viewed online. This is done using a series of codes, as well as by using XHTML, CSS, ASP, PHP, JSP, SQL for script development and to encode the dynamic part of the website.
Contents team: in charge of writing. Using the notes collected from the client, the contents team is to come up with a language that pertains to the web project, is specific to the needs of your client and that can also help embellish the site.
Marketing team: is responsible for advertising the website, making sure that there are enough visitors and that the website reaches its intended goals. The marketing team is involved in the project from the very beginning, working alongside the web and graphic designers, and the web developer.
Web Marketing Strategist: is in charge of the communication and web services that are part of the project. Mostly, it involves: coming up with a business idea, product/service placement, technological aspects, and partnership creation. It also involves a continuous monitoring of the various services offered by the web site.
These specific positions are tied to the complexity and overall budget of a given project. So, a small project that has a limited budget could have one person cover more than one of these positions.
Now that we have looked at the various positions involved in web development, let’s get acquainted with the role of the Project Manager. Let’s begin by listing the objectives, creating a list of needed programs, defining the various phases behind the web development process and attributing a specific task to a given position.
Our client has hired us not only for website development but also for other services such as copywriting and site indexing.
Main aspects of the project plan
These are the main aspects that a project plan needs to consider:
project objectives: what needs to be done (in this case, website development);
steps involved: how should it be done (what are, in detail, the steps needed to complete the project);
necessary skills: what skill set is needed (what kind of professional does the project need to hire);
dividing the work load: who is in charge of what (each task will be assigned to a specific role);
project schedule: what is the timeline (outlining the various phases and how long each of them should take to finish);
budget divisions: how much will the project cost to make (cost of project is calculated based on the resources involved and the deadline for the project);
control mechanism: how to verify (checking up on the completion status of the project);
Let’s move on to the practical side of things: it’s clear that these various phases cannot be managed manually, otherwise they would be prone to mistakes and errors. Therefore what we need is a valid support tool which can automatically take care of each phase, managing it correctly and in an organized manner.
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