Posted 09.03.2017 @ 6.46PM
Thanks Dan, your answers to some questions are appreciated.
Certainly I am working on the brief at the moment, with a view to circulating to potential service providers by mid June at the latest.
I am nervous however of circulating my idea too widely for consultation without some sort of confidentiality agreement or protection in place.
Is there a standard way of approaching that in the industry? Does confidentiality survive if you are not the chosen collaborator?
Posted 08.03.2017 @ 10.31PM
Ok. More googling done. Maybe it's a job board type platform that I need.
But the "job form" as such will be very industry specific and use terms that are nothing to do with the employment industry, so all that will have to be open to tailoring.... is that possible?
Posted 08.03.2017 @ 10.12PM
Ok, please don't shoot me straight up. I'm here to learn and fingers crossed some of you will help.
I'm a farmer, I want to build a website that has elements of Upwork, Realestate.com and Gumtree (for example). So subscription based, information portal, that is highly autonomous, highly reliable,low graphics, low data load (users are often on slow and dodgy connections) and a super simple interface for the users. ie 50 year old men who avoid computers as much as possible... well they're farmers.
I've trawled the net a bit and frankly the whole web developer scene uses a language of it's own.
To compound things, this will be my first foray into the small business space.... advertising, logos, marketing strategies, launch strategies etc.... so once again the jargon goes straight over my head. And I've no idea who does what and how it all comes together.
Yes, I have cash and I am taking 6 months off from July this year to go full time on this project. Yes, I have a pretty good understanding of my target market at both ends of the transaction and know why this portal will fill a need.
So I really don't know how to start the search for, or the conversation with the service providers I need or nor am I confident enough in my knowledge about the whole process to feel I can select the right provider/s.
I have some reservations about how to communicate my needs to a provider because my target market for this portal are not tech savvy at all....and generally have poor coverage, poor download speeds and very low data limits. All things that I suspect are not common to most projects.... and certainly don't fall within the everyday experience of the web developing crowd.
So please tell me:
What is this type of site? not a shop front? not standard ecommerce? what is the word I need to explain to people?
What type of service provider am I seeking? designer/ developer/ full service suite?
Should I use just the one business or should I be using different specialists from different businesses?
Should I have some sort of project manager in place for the tech element?
What can I do to make a build more cost effective?
What is a realistic time frame for a build like this?
What sort of CMS platforms would suit this type of project?
Somewhere along the line, I got the impression that I need some sort of open source platform that is common across a few developers so that I have some options to transfer my business if my initial provider shuts up shop down the track. Is that valid?
I'm not against learning to do a bit of the day to day management of the site myself down the track, so something that is simple to update and refresh would be essential. If that's feasible?
Any other thoughts I how I should approach this and explain the above?
Who I should approach?
What else should I or should I not be saying?
For reference initial phone conversations I have had with a couple of companies gave a price estimate of $15k to $50k, so yep, still pretty clueless on what this is likely to cost.
One company had developed their own CMS which sounded great but worries me around continuity in the event of some sort of service failure. Am I right to be a little worried?
Thanks for reading.