Why Do I Need a Contract?

Why Do I Need a Contract?

Perhaps a better question might be ‘Why do we both need a contract?’ When we make a proposal we include a project scope, pricing and payment terms. Before we start work we exchange contracts, collect any down payments and sign off on the project scope. The two, proposal and contract, are connected so that we have a firm legal foundation that we know will cover all the likely contingencies. But the basic reason is that you the client will know and agree to what we are going to build and how much bang you will be getting for your buck. We then also know the extent (scope) of the project. We find this minimizes any misunderstandings. During execution, working with the client additional great ideas often come up and these can be folded into the project in a couple of ways. Either we can add an additional Statement of Work or prepare a separate phase 2. Clauses in our contract cover such circumstances. In this way, an exchange of documents keeps everything professional while providing a lot of protection for both of...
How Much Does a Website Cost?

How Much Does a Website Cost?

We are often asked how much does a website cost. It’s a good question because without proper funding a website project can be short changed and the results less than desireable. We like the analogy of building a house. It’s cost will depend on a wide variety of factors. How many rooms, what types of fixtures will be used, whether an interior designer will be involved, whether an architect will design the house. Websites have parallel equivalents in say the number of Pages, how users will interact, whether graphic design will be needed for a unique look and whether custom features will be needed to perform special business functions. So what do the components of a project look like? First a project will need a domain name or ‘address’ that visitors and search engines will use to find the site on the internet. Next a hosting service will need to be engaged to actually carry (host) the files used to deliver the site’s content, behavior and appearance. Some free or premium themes can be used as a basis for the site’s appearance. Some free or premium plugins can be added to extend the functionality A graphic designer can then develop a site’s appearance, layout and branding Coders can add custom functionality on top of or in parallel with plugins already installed Copy editors can prepare and fine tune the needed content. Photographers can capture needed imagery. Videographers can make film clips and tutorials. And this doesn’t cover the effort that might be needed for social media, email and other marketing campaigns. Without an agreed upon project scope, getting a...