|What sites have you seen that
are like what you want?
||The best place to start is to
look at web sites and get a feel for what you like. Sites to
reference that have parts of what you want can facilitate communication
and speed development. Estimate 8-16 hours of comparison searching
for the site.
|How big will the site be?
The organization of the information to be presented is a
key to a successful and useful site. This will also provide an
idea of how many pages will need to be created.
|Will the site be all HTML?
||A purely textual site requires
much less time to bring to production than a site with applications
software. However, it does require more effort to update.
Estimate 2-3 hours of development for each page to get from first draft
to final copy.
|Will you need database services?
||Databases are useful tools to
collect data and/or update pages automatically. However, the
development effort is higher and requires other regular
maintenance. Estimate 6 hours/page for database development and
|Do you want a customized
||Applications programming will
take much longer to develop and implement, but do provide a unique look
and feel to your web site. The functionality of the application
will drive the time factor in this case. In this case it's best to
develop a draft of what functionality is desired and get an estimate
from a programmer, but if you use 40 hours/page you'll get into a
|Do you desire customized
||Custom graphics can take 1-8
hours each depending on the complexity and level of detail
desired. Try to sketch out your ideas on paper, this will give you
some perspective. All sites will require some level of graphics
development, keep in mind how many buttons etc you will want.