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10 Steps for Successful Web Development Offshoring

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Saturday, August 14, 2010 |

Tips in offshoring web development

Don’t have an in-house web development team that you can count on to build that perfect website? Whether you’re looking to improve an existing online endeavor or build a new one, prices can be high and skills hard to find. Offshoring web development is an ideal solution to gain access to experienced web development experts at low costs. Here are some tips to get you started:

1.)    Research beforehand – It is always a good idea to first evaluate your options. This will allow you to accurately define your requirements. Take the time to learn about what works and what doesn’t and the technology available that will help you achieve your goals.

2.)    Be specific – The more details you outline regarding what you want and what your expectations are, the more time and money you will save in your offshoring venture. Take time to figure aspects regarding design, functionality, marketing, and maintenance.

3.)    Look around – The web development offshoring industry is littered with providers and freelancers offering their services. Gather a comprehensive list of quotes that offer both affordability and service quality.

4.)    Evaluate their work – It’s always a good idea to look through the portfolios of your prospective offshoring providers. Be on the lookout for the quality of the backend functionalities of some of their websites.

5.)    Clearly define the goals and costs – It is important that your offshoring project runs on a clearly defined schedule from the start of operations to project sign-off.

6.)    Inquire about customer support – Many are quick to overlook the importance of the ability of an offshore web development firm to provide customer support. This involves training you to update web content on your own and providing a point person that you can contact if problems occur.

7.)    Plan your marketing approach – A good site is not very useful if it doesn’t draw any traffic. You need to make sure that your site is created with search engines in mind which, in most cases, can cost you more than you thought.

8.)    Establish the owner – A common mistake is not securing the intellectual property rights of your project before offshoring. It is important that you outline who owns the domain name and your control over the backend.

9.)    Document the project – Every step of the project that is taken towards completing the set goals under the set timeline should be documented for monitoring.

10.)    Be prepared for obstacles and delays – Always be ready for the unexpected as complex development projects will always come across technical problems or bugs.

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