Please advise on outsourcing a website

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I would like to have someone build me a website where I will sell a health product.
I need some advice from you seasoned veterans about how to go about hiring someone and what to look for.
I already messed up a bit and started working with someone local who appears to be messing me around big time.

Once you decide with whom to work how does it usually go, in terms of specifications etc? I don't know exactly what I need and I need an experienced website builder to help me know what to put on the pages of my site.

How do you work the payment?
Isn't there alot of back and forth till you're satisfied with the result?

Please help.
#advise #outsourcing #website
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Elance, rentacoder, scriptlance.com are good places to find a web designer. Do your homework and look at their feedback and communicate with them before hiring.

    You need to know exactly what you want and write up some specifications telling them what you want. Communicate with several before hiring.

    As for payment, they will tell you what they want ... I personally would not start a site for someone without a 50% deposit and then 100% payment before file transfer.
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  • Profile picture of the author HomeComputerGames
    Hello,
    Hiring someone to design and develop can be a bit tough.
    Usually you will want to start off with a list of what you are looking for. This includes all functionality and some examples of sites that you like.
    Then the developer/firm will draft a proposal for you to review.
    This is when you would make any desired changes to the proposal.
    This includes a payment schedule.
    XX% down with the rest of the payments made at agreed upon milestones.
    Of course a lot depends upon the scope of your project. A small project might be 50% down and 50% upon completion. A larger project might be 20% down, 10% upon reaching XX, and so on.

    Once both parties are satisfied the developer should draft a contract with all of the specifications including your pay schedule which you both sign.

    From a developers point of view there can only be so much back and forth before the developer is no longer making any money. If you change your mind 100 times that isn't fair to the developer. Of course you want what you want and expect to get what you pay for.

    But for $200 don't expect a lot of give. IF indecision turns into several days then money is lost. On larger projects there is more room to give and because of the large number a developer will be more likely to cater to an indecisive mind.

    Of course this works the other way around. A slow or inept developer may not be delivering what they promised. So you will want to be sure there is no confusion before a job is started. This includes the amount of times a developer will make changes before fees incur.

    There could be an entire book devoted to the subject but in a summary be sure to get on paper what you desire and what is expected. Make sure both parties are on the same path before any money changes hands.
    Some clients even have deadline terms if the developer is running behind schedule. Meaning if the developer misses deadlines the client starts knocking off Amount Due. Of course this is all in the contract and can be a good motivator.

    If you have any questions feel free to PM me.

    Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
    Originally Posted by Dena Gottlieb View Post

    I don't know exactly what I need
    In that case, you first need someone to help you decide and specify what you want to do.

    There is nothing worse for both programmer and client than to have the programmer try to guess what the client wants when the client doesn't know, except "I'll know it when I see it." Big waste of time and frustration for everyone. Like saying you want some kind lunch and asking different restaurants to drop something off, until you realize that what you really wanted was pizza. The Chinese deli and sandwich shop never had a chance!

    Find someone to help you design your business model for your website. Then it will be easy to specify exactly what you want to buy. And it will be easy for a good vendor to deliver it for you.

    Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author Dena Gottlieb
      Originally Posted by Mr. Enthusiastic View Post

      In that case, you first need someone to help you decide and specify what you want to do.

      There is nothing worse for both programmer and client than to have the programmer try to guess what the client wants when the client doesn't know, except "I'll know it when I see it." Big waste of time and frustration for everyone. Like saying you want some kind lunch and asking different restaurants to drop something off, until you realize that what you really wanted was pizza. The Chinese deli and sandwich shop never had a chance!

      Find someone to help you design your business model for your website. Then it will be easy to specify exactly what you want to buy. And it will be easy for a good vendor to deliver it for you.

      Chris
      I hear you. It's not that I really don't know what I need. I want to put up information about my product and have a "buy" button. But I also need to put up some clinical studies, testimonials and maybe a video. So I know more or less WHAT I need but I'm not sure how it should all look. Am I being useless? Do I have to have it all completely mapped out in my mind before I talk to anyone?
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      • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
        Originally Posted by Dena Gottlieb View Post

        I want to put up information about my product and have a "buy" button. But I also need to put up some clinical studies, testimonials and maybe a video.
        You do have enough to go on, but it might take a team to get there. Get a graphic designer who has experience in sites that sell medical info. Then you might need a separate programmer to hook up the Buy button, if the designer is not also a programmer or doesn't have a programmer on their team. The copywriting and video would probably come from other experts in those areas.

        Unless someone here has a turnkey system to provide all that.
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  • Profile picture of the author WhiteCanvasPro
    Check out the link below (go to graphic design, then services). I may be able to help you. I build custom wix websites or flash based websites. Feel free to email me using the link on my website to tell me more about what you want.

    http://www.whitecanvasproductions.com
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    • Profile picture of the author edd666666
      You may want to consider splitting the job into segments. I have found that it is very hard to find a webmaster that is good on graphics and the "backend" as well. So you might pick a design from someone like templatemonster.com and then get someone good on the "backend" to build your site with that layout. This can save you some serious money on design fees and up your odds of getting a site that looks and acts the way you want.

      In addition to the sites mentioned above, I would post the job in this fourm, plus look in the warriors for hire section and some people have had good luck with posting a gig in craigslist-Philippines. All things considered it is hard to beat the people you will find on this forum.
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