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Tug of War: Freelancer Vs Web Development Company

August 8th, 2018

The scenario of web development has transformed over the past few years. Today, web design and development tasks are counted amongst the top outsourced jobs by enterprises across globe. This is because of a key shift in the approach towards website development. From being a meager job that required least attention, it has become a trend that is much-hyped about. Developing a website is more about developing an online presence aimed at expanding a company’s market outreach. Hiring the right entity is often the biggest challenge that you face while outsourcing development tasks.

Web development is often catered to by two major entities- an established website development company and a freelancer or individual developer. Enterprises usually prefer working with established development firms. Smaller businesses, however, give preference to freelancers or independent developers.

If you are finding it hard to determine to whom you must assign your next development venture, then it is best to look at the pros and cons of hiring both the entities. Then, as per your requisites, you can outsource your task to either a freelancer or an organization.
Let’s analyze the strengths and weaknesses of both the entities.

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Web Development Company

Website development companies are established entities with pre-decided workflows, so their service fee is obviously high. But they give you all reasons to rejoice. These companies employ specialized programmers who are well-versed with various programming languages such as HTML, PHP, CSS, jQuery and Dreamweaver. This enables them to provide you with highly efficient web services and customization options.

Development firms also take lesser time to complete an assigned job because they have more resources to work dedicatedly on it. Some companies extend web development packages as a part of their service portfolio, which involve almost every element that is essential for developing and maintaining a website. Web content management, social media marketing, web hosting and support and maintenance services are some of the services that are included in a web development package.

Problems Encountered While Hiring a Web Development Company

Besides elevated pricing, there are certain other issues that one might face while outsourcing job to web development companies. At times, there might be conflicts between the clients and the company regarding transactions and optimization services. Some development firms try to inculcate their own ideas into a project rather than comprehending customer’s needs and delivering results accordingly.

On other hand, some companies simply over-do a web pages or websites with plug-ins and functions. Adding unnecessary widgets and design functionalities can decrease the load speed of a website, thus adversely impacting its performance. If you look at customer retention, loading speed is an essential aspect. The average loading time while a person switches from one page to another is of two seconds. Thus, companies should try to achieve a timeframe of near about 2 seconds.

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Freelancer

Small businesses and start ups often prefer to hire freelancers for their development projects. This is because their fee is less as compared to that of an established software firm. Furthermore, some freelancers render amazing output that outruns the quality offered by professional web design companies, especially in terms of layout, functionality and usability.

However, hiring freelancers can be risky as well. Past experienced reveal that some freelancers are unable to complete deliverables within defined timeframe and the quality of results is not up to the expectation mark. The reasons behind this can be numerous- fall in level of interest while working on a project, lack of required expertise and deadline pressure.

As only a single person is working on the project, you can expect delay and longer time consumed in wrapping up the project.

Problems Encountered While Hiring Freelancers

You may not encounter behavior issues with every freelance web developer you come across, but it is surely the case with most of them. Another issue encountered with a freelancer is the lack of innovation and second opinion, especially when he’s uncertain about his programming ideas and concepts. At times, they might even leave the project in middle without completing it. This may be because they found better paying projects or other opportunities to make quick money.

The Winner Is…

A website development company definitely has a hand above freelancers. They have more experience and the risk involved is less. The turnaround time is also less. Some companies commit to deliver an entirely new website within a timeframe of just a week.

Web development companies have emerged as winners but at the end of the day everything depends on your requisites. Keep your requisites in mind and then decide upon to whom do you wish to outsource.

About Web Development Plagiarism

August 7th, 2018

When you think about plagiarism, the first thought that comes to mind is probably something to do with writing (such as you might have faced during your university years when plagiarism was likely to get you kicked out) or art (where people are constantly faced with accusations of stealing other artist’s work). You probably don’t think about the same thing occurring in web development, but the reality of the situation is that the plagiarism of code and design is just as prevalent as the stealing of art and lyrics.

Unfortunately, when it comes to web development, the law is fairly hazy when it comes what constitutes as ‘inspiration’ and what constitutes as downright ‘stealing’. Whilst the difference between the two can be debated amongst members of the industry, the only important distinction (at least, for a web developer who has had their code stolen) is the one made by the law.

It has long been believed that there is very little legal protection when it comes to the plagiarism of web development work, but this is not true – there is probably a lot more protection than you have thought there is. In most countries, copyright law protects anything that is a shape, pattern or similar object, which includes design. It is important, however, to look further than this – an intangible design is actually made up of a collection of tangible objects (code), which is 110% copyright-able. On top of this, any images or text that is used in a website is also protected by copyright. This is because all of these bits of information are saved onto a web server.

So, what can someone working in web development get from all of these legal distinctions? Basically, while the design itself cannot be covered by copyright and plagiarism laws (being intangible), the work that went into creating the design is protected (as the code, text and images are tangible). This is an interesting predicament for many web developers – if you come across a website that looks exactly like your own, it will not be considered plagiarism as long as the creator hasn’t used any of the images, text or code that you used to create yours. In contrast to this, you could find a website that has no resemblance to yours whatsoever but, if the creator has copied the code directly from your website, this is a breach of copyright.

So, how can a web developer prevent their code from being plagiarized? You could consider encrypting your HTML (which is not overly desirable as it also blocks search engine spiders from indexing your website), make your own code (because every web developer will have their own style, much like every author and composer does), embed your images (with your copyright information), use unique file names (which can make it easier to prove plagiarism has occurred), and search out plagiarists (the best way to do this is by joining a forum that is specifically for this task).

If you do uncover a company that has blatantly stolen your work (without permission, of course), your next step is to take the matter to a lawyer. Often, however, all a web developer needs to do is point out the similarities between their own website and the new one for its creator to agree to change these things – after all, no one wants to be involved in a legal battle over their website unless they really have to.

The next time you come across a website that you think has breached copyright law by stealing your work, look deeper into the page – if they haven’t used your code, then you don’t really have a foot to stand on. If you do in fact find that the web developer has copied your code, you certainly have a legal grounding to take the matter further.

How to Find a Web Development Company

August 6th, 2018

A web developer can help you come up with a competitive website that will enhance your online campaign. Basically, their job is to create a webpage that is capable of attracting your targeted audience and keeping them there for a considerable length of time. However, web development is a very broad field, encompassing web design, content generation, social network development, network security configuration, and so on.

Web development is too complex to be handled by a single person alone. The job would have to be handled by a number of professionals. Even small business owners need a team of people to work for their websites. Here are some things to remember when choosing a web development company.

1. Know where to go. You can find them all on the internet, but where exactly? You can search for them on Google. The best ones are usually on the first page of the search results. Looking for developers in your area may be a good thing but it’s not necessary, because the tasks can be carried out online. All you need to do is discuss your needs with the developer you hire.

2. Determine what you need. Web development companies have a list of services. If they offer packages, look at what services each of their packages include. Only go for the ones that you need. The kind of services you decide to avail of affects the charges they will give you. Supposing you only need a designer for your page, then only ask for web design services. If a web developer insists on their packages, move on to the next prospective development company with more favorable services.

3. Consider freelance web developers. A development agency may not always be the economical option. You can find freelance designers and developers on guru.com or elance.com. If you are lucky, you may find professionals who can deliver more than satisfactory work. However, there is some risk involved in hiring freelancers to develop your page for you. The common risk is the failure to deliver. There are freelance service providers that suddenly would not turn up, leaving unfinished work.

4. Get quotes. Cost is the most driving factor in all procurement processes. One of the reasons why you have to check out different companies is to compare costs. Some of them will have more favorable offers. You could find yourself analyzing each company. In some cases, low-cost services are not the wisest one to go for, because there are companies that offer cheap, but low-quality services, which usually results in poorly built websites.

5. Look at their previous work. Whether you are dealing with a freelance company, it is extremely important that you check their past accomplishments. Check the websites of their previous clients and evaluate them for yourself. That way, you would be able to determine who does the best work.

6. Ask their clients. Reputable web developers do not mind giving you references. You can contact these clients to ask if they were satisfied with the services provided by the developer they hired.