You know what your budget is and what your project needs to accomplish. The goals have been spelled out in great detail, and you know in what direction you want to go with the design.
The question is implementation. Do you have all the information you need to understand how to implement your project on the web? Good web development is a true balancing act. Understanding your site’s goals and their priorities will greatly benefit the build and the budget.
Good development takes time
Web development benefits from time. The more time allotted for it, the better the outcome. Think of it like a sculpture or a painting. You could have a rough view of what you are sculpting rather quickly; however, if you put more time into the sculpture, you could spend that time designing the details to make it a stronger piece.
This applies to all aspects of development—from adding the fine details to your homepage animation to making sure that a submitted form relays all the information to the right place.
Nobody wants to spend the time reinventing the wheel. That said, not all wheels are created equal. It turns out that some already created solutions to web development problems can actually cost you more time than they save if they were not built well in the first place.
Unknowns can be costly
Understanding how the web development process works can help you save a great deal of time and money. As a general rule, the more unknowns in the scenario, the better chance of breaking the budget.
Quite a few areas are particularly able to directly affect the budget. The main one is any type of integration, such as connecting to a third-party anything. This could be integrating the site with a CRM or API. Working with third-party integrations involves some of the most unknowns related to web development. The more unknowns there are, the faster scope can creep and budgets can explode.
More than one way to peel an orange
As with many activities, there is typically more than one, if not many ways, to accomplish building something with code. Some will be better than others depending on the goals.
You could build a website with the goal of wanting it to be the fastest website possible. In doing so, you might make compromises on the website’s longevity and accessibility. You might decide that you want to obtain as much information and analytics about how customers are interacting with your site. To do this, you would need to load many tracking scripts, which will slow down your site.
Spending the time/money up front can save you a lot in the long run
Web development can be an extremely fickle beast. It doesn’t like to cut corners. In the end, trying to shortcut anything can and usually will result in costing more than spending the extra money up front and skipping the shortcuts.
It’s not magic: it’s hard work and long hours
Contrary to popular belief, web development does not involve any sort of magic or ritual sacrifice. No, really, it doesn’t. Web development is based in languages that are built in logic. 1s and 0s, yes and no. Nonetheless, it may not always seem that way.
What really makes web development happen is the team behind it. This includes not only the developer but the entire team working to supports that developer. Does the team know the best method to accomplish your goals? If not, does it know how to design the appropriate solution?