It is rightly quoted in the words of Satya Nadella the Microsoft’s CEO: “Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation.” It is absolutely correct in this highly dynamic technological world and is particularly true for the web development sphere where new trends and tools keep coming every day.
Most of the startups usually struggle hard to gain maximum functionality and the highest level of scalability at minimum costs. This is especially applicable when it comes to hiring an efficient web development company to enhance its digital presence.
One of the most crucial factors for startups is that they have to communicate effectively with their development teams right from the very beginning of the process through project maintenance. Let’s explore the major factors that a startup should consider to reduce its web development costs and timeline.
Support & Scalability Of The Project
After you have made up your mind for outsourcing web development for your startup, now it’s the time for your development partner to analyze the project and come up with different approaches based on their niche expertise. You can choose one in accordance with your specific business requirements.
But the main thing here is to strike a balance between functionality, cost, timeline, and objectives of your startup. One other factor to consider is the project scalability. This is all about determining how can you scale up your project in the future if required? Otherwise, you might end up building an excellent minimum viable product (MVP), but later it’s of no use as it cannot be scaled up.
In addition, there should be proper planning, research, and risk analysis before beginning the web development process. It is the first and foremost duty of the development agency to inform its clients about all these factors.
Let’s understand it with the help of an example, where a web development agency worked with an enterprise that wanted to build a complex solution for their successful website. With the help of industry-leading approaches, the development vendor analyzed the client’s specifications and roughly calculated the total budget for the project around $130-150K with a timeline of 24-30 weeks.
But the client didn’t accept this quote. Therefore, to make a way in the middle, the development agency strives hard to find ways to minimize costs while still delivering the full-fledged product in accordance with the initial requirements. Eventually, they reduced to around $47k with a timeline of 12 weeks. They have made this estimation simply by using other commercial solutions for the minimum viable product (MVP).
Even after choosing to minimize the web development and hosting costs and timeline, a startup should ask the development vendor how their solutions will influence the following areas of their business?
1. Scalability & Scope Of Modifying The Product In The Future
The marketplace is a constantly changing sphere, hence it becomes mandatory for every startup to keep their websites up to date in accordance with these changing scenarios. But this is not necessarily possible with cheaper products.
This makes it essential for a startup to ask a question to their development partner to confirm whether they will be able to easily add new functionality to the product to suit the changing market scenarios in the future? It is an established fact that project that has limited scalability increases the overall development costs. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep scalability in mind when outsourcing web development for your startup.
2. Continuity Of The Business & Security
It might be beneficial for your startup to take advantage of third-party services in the initial stages. But usually, it increases the total project expenses down the line. Also, you should be careful when investing money on best practices for security and restore procedures because it can either make or break your business continuity.
In addition, make sure that your development partner chooses the right technology stack for building your website and dedicate all the available resources in order to make it secure. This will help your startup to evolve and become a large platform.
3. Patenting To Protect The Technology
Industry giants use different tools, proprietary method, and programming languages in order to protect their technology. It becomes easier to patent inventions during development when using open source platforms. But it is a bit challenging with the integration of third-party services.
That is why startups should ensure that their development vendor is keeping their innovative idea completely safe. Also, make sure to patent it so that nobody can reuse it in the future.
The web development process for any startup should be planned in a clever way and should be focused on the specific needs of the business. Ideally, it all boils down to selecting the best development partner who can efficiently identify bottlenecks and propose solutions accordingly.
Anubhuti Shrivastava is a content crafter at Arkenea, a custom software development company helping entrepreneurs and businesses build successful web and mobile apps. She is passionate about writing articles on topics related to design and the software development industry.