Does anyone have advice & cost approximations for website and app development?
I am looking to launch a new online business with a website and app available. I would be eager to find out what would be the costs associated with this and what to look out for when contracting developers.
The website would need to have a database, searching/filtering functions and social media integration.
The app would need to be able to use GPS/location information, create user profiles and 'push' marketing e.g. send mobile alerts to users.
Any advice on what costs to expect would be useful and any tips on contracting would be great.
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You have not mention about your requirement clearly. You just mentioned that the website need a database. But there will be various types of databases. Like Linkedin or facebook also use a database and a normal realestate website who wants to keep the visitors data that also use a database. But the concept for designing both the database are different.So you should clear it. And as you said that you want to integrate gps system. It can can be done and it depends on your budget. As we are developing a website and mobile application for a cab service company. I think if you will give some more requirement than I can help you on it.
As to website cost, it can be minimal, if you do it yourself as far as design.
HostGatore.com., Google.com (Wax.com), WordPress.com, GoDaddy.com and many other companies all have development tools, to help the beginner. SEO, Monetizing, and Optimization are another ball of wax. Some of these come with purchases of services, others are free with memberships. But all will get you a website. Purchasing a Domain Name or Hosting account are the easiest in my estimation, and they all have help desks that will guide you through the process. I suggest you look at as many as you can find, before you make your decision. Apps are a bit more complicated, and costly. You can find videos on YouTube.com also for instructions on both. If you budget can take a serious hit look for a professional web designer, any where from 15,000 to 50,000 depending on what you need. Ffiver.com has professionals who you can discuss the process with. I know people who had it farmed out to, out of country programmers, in China, Japan, India and the Philippians. or you can build it yourself then get professional programmers to do the really technical stuff.
The choice is yours alone, if you know any programmers, chat them up for your
specific needs first.
It's really hard to determine the cost of your system with the given information, even a rough one. At least you must give an overall description of what the app does; do you need on Android, iOS, tablets or phones only?
You'd better care about the rate per man-hour and compare those from different service providers. Because when you provide enough information, we will estimate the workforce needed for the job in man-hour (man-day = 8h, man-month = 22 man-days). Supposing all service providers will estimate correctly the manpower needed (that means they understand well your requirements and may have previous experience doing the same job), then you can decide basing on the different rates.
Of course there are different criteria to chose a service provider like their skills, reputation, commitment, etc., but in my opinion, when a service provider pays enough attention to your project and make a correct and detailed estimate, they're serious enough to take the job, and that's why I say you decide base on the rates.
Regarding the contract, you may want to sign an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) before sending out more information.
Hope it helps,
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Alex - great advice from many sources normally means you better check if there is a business case for your product/service. Too many variables in the business strategy will impact your digital strategy. Example: if your service costs $10/months vs. $50,000 one time install we typically don't spend the same amount on a web site build. Check out competition and create a business requirement document which is NOT the same as a build requirement document of your website. The first is the foundation of your house, the second the fridge in your kitchen.
Wishing you nothing but success
Here is how I understood your requirements:
1. Web site + mobile app
2. A database to store/search users including user related data
3. Push marketing notifications to User devices
To answer your question:
1. What functionality you are expecting apart from user management?
This really depends on your use case (definitely something you might not want to share in this public post).
From our experience start from minimum viable product and grow as business dynamics changes is recommended.
2. Do you want to have great user experience with native apps or can you live with cross-plat form app distribution softwares (something like PhoneGap). Cross-platform softwares allow you to write once and deploy your app to several app stores (like Apple app store, Google Play, etc)
3. Since pushing notifications are common these days, there are several product offerings from well know companies to make this job simple. We used quite a few and more recently Pusher, Parse to send marketing notifications to user devices.
4. GPS/Location awareness is much straight forward to track. But, real usecase makes this job either simple or complicated. For an instance, one of our recent apps (koordit.com) tracks user location and organizes users in database in a geo-location format. Which is bit complicated but creates exceptional user experience.
Having said that, typically we suggest our clients to have:
1. list down functionality that you wanted to be done in next X weeks on a list of paper (we use various tools to track this)
2. play with/test application as they are baking and provide feedback
3. have a launch strategy when we are close to code complete
We did several of these applications under 15K USD. Do not count me on that until you share full details if you wanted to work us (contact[at]maisasolutions.com or #719.651.5518)
Hope that helps!
$3000 Utilizing a Wordpress or Squarespace as a template and $50/mo for hosting your website $30 Registering your domain name for 3 years.
Based on your description I would say around $40-$50k for the app and website. I would suggest the contract have timelines for completion or hurdles that need to be met. Also make sure there is testing in the contract. This will allow any bugs to be worked out. If you need a quote and contract I can get you one. Please let me know if you need anything else. Hope this helps
I believe the best approach is to draft a blueprint of all functionality. A site map listing all Web pages, reference sites similar of functions from other sites that you like. A database is not a proper description of functionality as our peer Sinisa posted. A Database is a receptacle of information that hosts the information being pulled from the commands of the functionality aspects of your site. For example: Performing a search query, collecting information submitted via Web form, transactions, product search etc...
Once you have a blueprint you can request bids at this point as a starting point for more specific questions and professional recommendations.
Partner with someone who is also a savvy project manager that is capable of meeting dues dates, lead meets, manage creatives, technical and other area experts your project may require. Consider this person to be your dedicated point of contact. It's best to have one person that reports to you especially if you are not as tech savvy as you would like to be.
Provide a confidentiality agreement to all prospective partners you share your unique business model with as the blueprint can actually double as a patent-able document.
Also have your partner vendor provide a timeline based on the deliverable along with financial stages set in phases. Require sign-offs on each stage upon completion. You can measure your true progress and budget by holding your team accountable.
Third party API's should be defined as well being that you are subscribing to some form of GPS/ Map Find feed service.
Beta Testing is a good approach as we typically spend time beating on all functional aspects of our projects prior to a hard launch. Invite friends, family and others to do the same. It is a great way of getting both feedback and expose any bugs you may not uncover until you are in a live environment.
I am sure there is much more to cover but without actual specifics in place for all of us to review it would be best to somewhat generalize as much as possible to better give you some ammunition in your mission of finding the right team to align yourself with.
Best of Luck to you,
Do you have a project manager in- house to keep this on track, or are you hoping to completely outsource the project?
What do you want your site to accomplish?
I have a website planning worksheet I can share with you. Contact me if you would like it.
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According to professional web site development (db,search,soc. media) , programming and responsive design (bootstrap) would cost you around 1000-2000 Eur (European Team). Probably you can find cheaper Team from India,China, and there are plenty of issue with those teams. You an find more about on internet.
About App Android will cost you around 200-400 Eur.
Also, one more option for cheaper product is using open source CMS - Joomla, WordPress, OpenCart...
I would suggest you to use European or US developers for this kind of project.
1. Don't go for the cheapest. Quality comes with a price tag.
2. Prepare a brief of what you need, your requirements in as much detail as possible.
3. Have a deadline to launch the website
4. Be clear about the cost and hours of work involved before signing the contract.
For any more help, get in touch with me.
Alex, people could just throw prices but the thing a true project manager such as myself would do is gather your idea and thoughts.
Here is my advice. Start by focusing on functionality you wish to develop, then determine your needs:
*Analyze your business needs
*Then look for similar websites, record the look and feel.
*Be precise and create website goals for web navigation & conversions
Now consider your marketing efforts, Do you need email addresses (how many)?
How about a wysiwyg editor, (What you see is what you get for the novice content editor)
Start with looking at hosting providers. Here is a quick sample you can use that will help you out. I use this sample as a way to educate and gather information from clients investing in web marketing
Web Site Creation Strategy
Use this list to help you compile the various types of information you need to design an effective, comprehensive, and user-friendly website/product
Website (Domain name)
Project name: Example build my company website
Prepared by: Ray Stevens
Type of Website:
Informational E-commerce Both
General description and specifications for the Web site:
A. Objectives: What are we trying to achieve by building this Web site?
How many visitors do we want in a given time frame?
What do we want them to do when they visit our site?
B. Target audience: Who is our target audience for the site? (Additionally will you use it for recruiting employees)
C. Current target audience perceptions:
How does the target audience perceive our company, our products, and our current Web site (if there is one)?
D. Net impression: What is the most important impression that we want our Web site to make on our target audience?
E. Key copy points: What do we need to tell our target audience?
F. Proof points: Why should our target audience believe us?
G. Tone: In what manner should we speak to our target audience?
That is, should we use technical language; marketing hype; standard, straightforward English; or a combination of these tones?
H. Information buckets: What information categories must we provide to meet our objectives?
How do we want to organize our information into these categories?
I. Navigation: How do customers want to navigate within our Web site? What search and browse mechanisms should we offer?
J. Site map: What are the interrelationships among the pieces of information that we provide on our Web site?
K. Additional functionality: What features should we provide on the site to make it easy for our customers to do business with us (for example, shopping cart and payment options)?
L. Keywords and meta tags: What keywords will customers likely use to find our Web site? EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
M. Search engines: Which search engines do we want to register our Web site with?
What level of registration do we want?
N. Other mechanisms for driving traffic: What other techniques do we want to use for generating business on our Web site?
O. Contact information: What contact information and mechanisms for contacting us do we want to provide on our Web site?
P. Competitive assessment: What are the pros and cons of our competitors’ Web sites?
Web site project execution
Q. Resource requirements: List internal and external resources.
R. Estimated budget: If multiple vendors are required, break down the budget accordingly.
S. Timeline: List project milestones, including estimated beginning and completion dates for each development phase.
T. Other considerations and mandatory inclusions:
There are few other things I would add to this sheet, but this is a typical starter sheet I interview with when I'm talking to clients who want to build or upgrade an existing website or program. I can't give you 20 years of experience in one shot by I can try. Most companies just throw websites up and don't think about the goals. Also remember to look into responsive design. Tablets, and cell phones now control the market so the website needs to adjust to all sizes.
BTW: I'd be interested in talking about your project more if you want to find me on LinkedIn. These are the type of projects I enjoy working on. https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymondtstevens
We can quote projects big or small but we would need to talk with you further in detail or review your specs to give you any kind of quote and turnaround time. We can be reached at 1-800-966-2920 or skype at suipupt.
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the short answer to your question is: between $1,000 and $1,000,000, depends on your exact needs.
when describing your app and site needs, one can think of several features, while you are actually want to have another set of features, which affect the cost, up or down.
for example: from what you wrote, i understand that would need some Content Management System (CMS) to make changes in the content, users, send push promotions etc.
if you have a similar website/app to be used as reference, this can save you some time and money.
if the features you require are common, this will also save you time and money.
depending on your specific needs, maybe your app and site can be purchase as "shelf" products, so search around for it.
in any case you would need to create a specification document, not very technical at this point), to clarify to yourself and any developer, what your needs are and expectations.
Basic website and app, including specs, design and testing, can cost you around $15,000
as you specify your needs better, you discover the features that affect the cost and development time.
best of luck
We are a company based in india with the expertise in development. The cost of the project depends upon the time and resources involved for a particular project.
I would not suggest you any cost at this time coz it will be a false expectation set up. A proper planning is involved in it to get the things set up.
PM me if you need further details on it
How much does it cost to build a house? Is it on a remote island with no inhabitants, on a cliff, or made out of straw or rare Mahogany?
If you need to complete a budget for your marketing department and don't have the time to go through the scoping process, then get as much money as you can now and deal with the reality of what you can and can't have in your website later.
Also, keep in mind that a website is somewhat like a house - it requires maintenance and utilities to keep it running. It is a living breathing thing like the rest of your marketing budget. This is even more so if you're website IS your business, e.g. an ecommerce site.
If you are looking for rough numbers, here is an article that I recently came across.
FYI: I don't know Joey, but I think it call help you wrap your brain around some numbers. ~:-)