3 Website Development Problems and How to Solve Them

TL;DR

Problem #1 – How much will it cost

Solutions:

Clarify the requirements; be as specific and detailed as possible
Specify the budget upfront

Problem #2 – When will the site be launched

Solutions:

Resolve revision orders the soonest
Stick to the timeline
Launch the website on sign off

Problem #3 – Why is the website too slow

Solutions:

Integrate technical SEO
Make the site fast and mobile-friendly

 

Web design companies have experienced every possible dilemma relating to web development projects. What we’ve learned so far is that there is always a way around it. Below are some of the most common problems and how to possibly solve them.

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Web development problems and their solutions

Problem #1 – How much will it cost

No web development firm would be able to provide you with a quote in an instant. Why? Because this will depend on the requirements and specifications of the website that you want.

Hence, it would be better to list down the necessary features and functions and those you can compromise. This is the first solution. Costing often depends on the number of features, the complexity of each feature and the length of completing these features.

Website owners need to be as specific and detailed as possible.

When the requirements are not defined clearly, the developers might need to do some revisions in the near future. A seemingly minor requirement revision would cost hundreds of dollars.

Also, with clear requirements, there would be no need to change them mid-way of the project. Just so the clients know a major requirement change also incurs an additional cost. Not to mention, the required extra man-hour that may delay the launching of the website.

Agree on a specific budget upfront.

This is the second solution. With this, the developer would be able to outline which features are within the budget. Simply, the web design company could easily tell you if what you want for your website is financially sound or not.

This is the main reason web designers and developers need to understand the goal of the website. The client should rank the goals by priority. So that, the developers themselves would be able to suggest which features and functions should be prioritized.

Problem #2 – When will the site be launched

Based on the above scenarios, if the groundworks – mostly requirements and goals identification – are done right, the website will be launched on time. That’s us talking from an idealistic perspective.

Realistically, there are many factors that may affect the implementations and thus, the site going live on the targeted date. These factors may be client- or developer-related.

On the client’s side, apart from having unclear requirements initially, the revisions will pass through at least three persons for approval.

On day 1, the client will notify the developer of the required changes in the form of a revision order. The developer may choose to confirm the receipt of the revision order, but it will still be subject to a review.

On day 2, the developer will review the revision order and send the information whether the changes are doable or not. The document often includes information on the additional costing.

On day 3, the client will send the revision order and additional quote to the head of the project for approval. Another copy will be sent to the Accounting Office.

The approval of the additional cost almost always warrant a discussion.

With that said, no one knows for sure when the document will be approved and returned to the developer.

On the side of the developer, it may be juggling lots of new projects with different requirements for each. Some of these projects may finish soon while some may be completed sooner than the others. Thus, even if the client sends back the approved revision order, it will still be scheduled for implementation.

With revisions going here and there, even the developers themselves may later get confused as to when a specific project will be completed. Then again, they are obliged to finish everything.

What’s more, they had to finish the project without sacrificing its quality.

By the time the website is ready to be launched, the technologies used or planned in the beginning are no longer relevant. Then, the graphic designers and web developers may have to suggest new processes and technologies. This also eats up time and causes delay.

One solution to this is to resolve any revision order as soon as possible. There are implications on both sides (client and developers) as well as on the target date of launch. Both sides must understand that their actions and inactions will impact the implementation and launching.

Another solution is to stick to the timeline as possible. The client and the developer should act based on the given timeline. It’s a form of respect that must be established early on in the development process.

Yet another solution is to launch the website after the sign off. The development project will start with launching the website. And slowly, the developers may integrate the prioritized functions one by one. With each important feature or function added, the site owner may choose to publish a press release. This is a rather unorthodox approach, but it works well nonetheless.

Come to think of it, the launch date is just a day.

What matters most is the buildup of visitors and thus, traffic, ranking, and conversion.

Problem #3 – Why is the website too slow

One of the most common problems that some web developers tend to overlook. Eventually, they end up launching a heavy website. The main reason is the failure to optimize the bandwidth usage.

The developers may not have a good grasp of this problem because they are often doing their experiments and testing in a network environment. As such, they fail to take into account how the site will perform on slow connection speeds as well as on different devices and browsers.

Interestingly, the solution to this is somewhat related to technical SEO (search engine optimization).

Speed is one of the ranking factors that search engine (especially Google) use in determining the position of your website on the results pages.

Web developers must understand how technical SEO works. This is one important solution – the website should show up on the results page! Among other things, they should know the value of minifying JavaScript, minifying CSS, compressing HTTP, and optimizing images.

Another important ranking factor that also directly and indirectly affects speed is mobile-friendliness. The website must be accessible on various screen sizes and compatible with different browsers.

While at it, make sure that the developers are planning for portability, which is another critical solution. It must be easily scaled with simple and clear configuration.

We are after a maintenance-free web setup.

These are just three of the development problems web design companies experience on a constant basis. The fact is, there is always a solution or two to any of these problems. That’s it – the secret is streamlining and leveraging the web development process!

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