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Your boss has asked you to create a website with all kinds of functionality needed for your company to operate more efficiently.  They have asked you to take care of all the details, but they have a few questions regarding the process.


What’s the purpose of Web Development?

Web Development allows your company to do what they need to do in a quick, efficient manner.  Web Designers will take the overall look and feel of your brand, and design a website that feels like an extension of your business, whereas, Web Developers make the nuts and bolts run smoothly.  Need a report of all your inventory and expenses?  Web Developers to the rescue!  We can make custom made functions that suit your business needs directly.


Why can I not just buy an off-the-shelf product?

While it is true that you can find most of what you need within an off-the-shelf product, there are times where you need an absolute specific thing for your process to work, but the product just can’t handle it.  You may need to contact the original programmer, but they may not be able to resolve the issue for you.  Custom Web Developers can analyze what you need and create the system based on your specifications.


How can it affect my bottom line?

The best way to approach this would be to explain that with an automated system, it will reduce the amount of time/overhead in completing certain processes.  With a custom web solution, you will increase efficiency, and discover new ways your customers can interact with you by moving away from a manual solution.


What do I need to do?

It is important to lay out the groundwork for the project before diving right in.  A solid foundation will help everyone reach their goal.  Therefore, web developers start with a functional specification.  This is a list of all the expected functionality of the system.  You will need to communicate what you need your system to accomplish, and in return, the web developer will take that information and convert it to a functional requirement.  If a functional specification is laid out correctly, there are little to no surprises at the end of the project.


Can I use the code for other things?

The nice thing about code reuse is that it can be utilized for multiple applications.  Once a tough solution is built, it can usually be modified to help out in other cases, depending on the complexity.  As web developers continue through their career, they pick up quick methods on how to solve problems, and sometimes they have experienced something you are currently going through.  They can take their expertise and apply it to your situation.

What kind of support do I need?

After a brief training session, your boss should be good to go.  However, there is no such thing as bullet-proof code.  The environment in which software needs to run is constantly changing, so the inevitable code update is required.  Plus, new options and methodologies are created every day, and new features could be right around the corner!


When can we start?

The timing of a project start depends on how the schedule of the web development team is going.  It would be best to have as much early notice as possible before the deadline.

Web development can be a confusing place to determine how it is beneficial to your company.  The only way out of the confusion would be to find out more about web development yourself!  What questions do you have about it?