Working with web developers

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Presentation at Making Links 2008 by Andrew Edwards from Huge Object, a Melbourne web design firm with experience of working with nonprofit organisations.

Presentation at Making Links 2008 by Andrew Edwards from Huge Object, a Melbourne web design firm with experience of working with nonprofit organisations.

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  • 1. Working with web developers Andrew Edwards [email_address] http://www.hugeobject.com.au
  • 2. Building a website (steps) Definition Information architecture Design Build Refine / Test Deploy
  • 3. Choosing the right web developer Are they passionate about the issue? Can they do it (creatively / technically)? Always get more than one quote.
  • 4. Closed V's Open source What's the difference? Why does it matter? Example: (wordpress) Don't get locked in
  • 5. Compatibility Server: Linux/GNU V's Microsoft Backend: PHP V's Java V's Ruby etc. Existing systems: Databases, internal systems Save yourself time and money
  • 6. Timeframes It will take longer than you think Allow breathing space around a deadline Developers never finish early (sometimes on time, often late) Are you the number one priority?
  • 7. The quote Understand what you are paying for Understand why things cost what they do
  • 8. Let web developers help you Good web developers have good ideas Don't try and be an expert in everything For every idea check it against the definition
  • 9. Required attributes A web developer must have the following: - SEO capabilities - Accessibility - Tableless design (XHML) - Support post launch
  • 10. Summary (checklist) Do they care? Can they do it? (portfolio) Don't get locked in Is compatibility an issue? Don't rush it Don't pay too much Use their expertise Make sure they realise its not 1990
  • 11. Definition Always go back to the definition