Working with someone else’s code


As a programmer you may be asked to take over or add on to websites that have been programmed by another company or a freelance programmer. When working with someone else’s code it may take you a bit to get your head round how they have done it and depending on how they work, it may need a bit of tidying up. When you are quoting for work to be done on a website that you have not programmed it is important to include additional time for this or to inform the customer that there may be additional costs should it not be as straight forward as it should be. You need to take some time to familiarise yourself with the layout and set up of the website and try...
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Pricing a project as a web designer


Pricing can be a tricky subject for a web developer or programmer. If the website is straight forward and has the usual pages and functionality then the chances are you have already worked on a similar project previously or have a template design that you can easily price. The issue comes when the website needs to be bespoke and has a number of complicated functions that will have to be written in from scratch. It can be tricky to know exactly how long it is going to take to complete the job so pricing can become complex. You need to try and establish how many man hours of work you think there is going to be to get the job done. It is always advisable to slightly over estimate or...
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Understanding your domain and hosting


When you buy a domain name you may think that you have everything you need to start to build your website. You may not have purchased any hosting with your name and until you do this you will not have anyway of adding a website to it. Think of hosting as the space needed to store all the files (or pages)  that will contained in your website. You need to be able to rent space off a server in order to host your files. There are a number of ways in which to obtain hosting; you can buy hosting when you buy your domain name, you can also chose to buy hosting through a third party or you can chose to have your website hosted with your website developer who...
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Targeting multiple locations on your website


If you have a business that services multiple locations then you need to think about how you are going to portray this on your website. If your business is online only and you post or travel to many locations then you may just have one site but make pages relevant to each area within your one site. If you have different showrooms or offices all over the country then you may consider creating mini sites for each. It is important to ensure that the content that you put on your website is unique and this can be tricky when it comes to multiple locations. Some people think that they can just copy the content and replace the one location with another but this is simply not unique enough and you...
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Using freelance web programmers


If you run a web development company or are a self employed web developer, there may come a time when you have too much work on to manage yourself and need to look for help. You may not want to employ anyone on a permanent basis, but might look in to out sourcing the work to a competent freelance web programmer. Finding a reliable programmer can be tricky and if they have their own projects that they are working on, you will need to ensure that they have the time to work on yours too. When speaking to a freelancer you need to be able to give them clear instructions of what you want and be sure to agree a price with them so you know if it fits within...
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