Where Do You Find Good Web Designers
Now you know what you need, why you need it and how long you should put aside to build it. Now we need to discuss ‘Where’ you get your website built - Should you find a local solution or should you look offshore?
There are pro’s and con’s for each option, each revolving around one of these 3 areas.
Cost, Time and Risk
Finding a local solution is usually the more costly option of the two, but the costs are completely justifiable when weighed up against the time and risk factors. Australian developers usually charge by an hourly rate according to the specifications brief. Different agencies have different hourly rates and will offer different solutions to your specifications. The best way to find a solution that fits you is to gather a few quotes based on the same brief and decide which solution best suits your budget and needs.
Offshoring your entire website, or even just parts of it, is the cheaper option of the two. What you save in money, however, is usually replaced with additional time and frustration. It is entirely possible to find a knockout offshore team that works quickly and gets it right the first time, but most accounts we hear say that though it might have been 3 times cheaper, it also took 3 times longer and required a lot more input from the client’s side.
Local designers and developers will usually start the process with a kick-off meeting to fully understand your requirements and will talk you through some common questions that may pop up during the process. Having a face-to-face meeting not only makes it easier to relate to one another and understand a bit more about who you are working with, but a 30 minute meeting might save week's worth of back and forth emails. If you have any questions, they are usually just a phone call or email away and you can speak directly to who you need to most of the time.
Offshoring your project may take longer than expected as there is usually a lot more back and forth required to achieve the desired result. This could be because the team doesn’t have the required skills or knowledge to reach your standards, or it might be because of a communication barrier between yourself and the team. Reports of miscommunication seem to be prevalent when dealing with offshore teams, as many will follow the written specifications exactly without considering how the overall project works together. This can lead to having a bunch of functional pieces that don’t necessarily function together.
Though there is a certain amount of risk when dealing with any company, using local designers and developers has a significantly lower risk than offshoring as you get to meet the designers and developers in person before signing off. This gives you a better understanding of who the people are and you can make a decision based on how well they fit with your company. Australian developers are also bound to the same laws and regulations that you are familiar with, so if you do encounter issues you have help to make things right.
As mentioned earlier, you may be able to find the perfect fit for your specifications and budget with an offshore team, but the chances of this are quite low. When you begin dealing with an offshore company, you only have their website and maybe a skype call to get an idea of who you are dealing with. It is also significantly harder to get your money back as the laws of the country of the offshore team may not help you.
In summary, we feel that keeping design and development local saves you a lot more time and frustration for comparable costs. At the very least, we would recommend gathering a few quotes from local developers before deciding whether offshoring is the best choice for you, you may be surprised that the cost difference isn’t as much as you’d think!
If you would like a quote for your website and/or online marketing plan, send us through an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1300 787 970