The most basic step for starting work on your new website is a project scope. If you don't put the effort into compiling an outline for the work you're seeking help to complete, then often times you'll be misquoted. This can cause a major delay in the production of any project. Prepared business owners come to an agency with a Project Scope, so that we can all avoid that dreaded 'this is Out of Scope' discussion.
Here are some tips when creating your Project Scope:
1. Use a template, or download our Project Scope guide and the Website Scope Outline, to get started.
2. Sit down with all stakeholders to make sure that every aspect of the site is included in the scope.
3. Make sure that you consider whether or not you will need administrative levels to keep the site updated. If so, detail what kind of content management and admin system you're looking to purchase. What levels of permissions are necessary? What do you want to do in the backend of your website?
Now that you have your Project Scope, any agency can accurately quote your website design and development. But before you go getting quotes, have you decided your budget? This is an important factor in the process, since that will help agency's determine what you can afford. It's similar to buying a house; you must be approved first, before the realtor starts spending time communicating about your dream house. We have to make sure that you are willing to spend, and also what budget is affordable for you. This is often a difficult topic for newbies, but it's necessary in helping the agency estimate an accurate price quote.