The web development scenario has transformed over the past few years. Today, web designing and development tasks are toted up amongst the best-outsourced jobs by companies across the globe. This is because of a key move in the approach towards the website development. From being a skimpy job that required least attention, it has now become a much hyped about trend.
Developing a website is more about developing an online presence aimed at expanding the market outreach of the company. Hiring the right entity is often the biggest challenge that you face while outsourcing web development tasks.
There are two major entities that cater to web development: a well-recognized website development company and an individual developer (or a freelancer). While established businesses usually prefer working with web development firms, smaller businesses prefer freelancers or independent developers.
For you to determine whom you should assign for your next development venture, we have enlisted the pros and cons of hiring both the entities. Let’s analyze the strengths and weaknesses of both the entities:
The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Web Development Company
Website development companies are well-known entities with pre-decided workflows, so obviously they charge a service charge depending on the nature of the work. But they also provide all the good reasons to rejoice. These companies employ specialized programmers who are well-versed with various programming languages such as PHP, HTML, Jquery, CSS, Dreamweaver and the like. This enables them to provide you highly efficient and customizable web services.
Development companies also take lesser time to complete an assigned job as they have more resources to work dedicatedly on it. Some companies extend web development packages as a part of their service portfolio, which involves almost all the elements that are essential for developing and maintaining a website. Some also include services like web content management, web hosting, and support, search engine optimization, social media marketing in the web development package.
Problems Faced While Hiring a Web Development Company
Apart from elevated pricing, there are certainly other issues as well that one might face while outsourcing tasks to web development companies. Sometimes, there can occur conflicts between the company and the clients regarding optimization or transaction services. Some development companies try to instruct their ideas into a project rather than comprehending the need of the customer and delivering the results accordingly.
On the flip side, some companies simply overstate the web pages or websites with functions and plug-ins. Adding unnecessary design and widget functionalities can shrink the load speed of a website, thus impacting its performance adversely. The load speed (and load time) of a website is an essential aspect for customer retention. The average loading time of switching from one page to another is of two seconds. Hence, companies need to achieve a timeframe of about 2 seconds.
Pros and Cons of Hiring a Freelancer
Start-ups and small enterprises prefer hiring freelancers for their development projects. This is because their fee is less as compared to that of an established software firm. Likewise, some freelancers render amazing outputs that outrun the quality offered by professional web designing companies, especially regarding usability, functionality, and layout.
However, hiring freelancers can be risky too. The past experienced reveal that some freelancers are unable to complete deliverables within the defined timeframe and the quality of the results is not up to the expected mark. There can be numerous reasons behind this: lack of required expertise, the fall in the level of interest while working on a project, or the deadline pressure.,/p>
Since only a single person works on the project, delay in work or release of the build can be expected.
Problems Faced While Hiring Freelancers
You may not encounter behavioral issues with every freelance developer you come across, but it is surely the case with the most of them. Another issue that is often faced with a freelancer is the lack of innovation and the second opinion, particularly when he is uncertain about the programming ideas and concepts to be used.
Freelancers are people clients don’t rely on, because of the instances of them leaving the project in the middle without completing it. This could be for the reason of finding better-paying projects or other opportunities to make quick money.
And The Winner Is…
A website development company undeniably has a hand above freelancers. The experience they have is more while the risk involved in hiring them and the turnover time they take is way less than that of the freelancers.
Web development companies have emerged as winners, but at the end of the day, everything depends on the requisites of the clients. It is important to keep the requisites in mind and then decide upon whom you wish to outsource.
Seasia Infotech is a CMMi5 certified mobile and web development company in India with an extensive experience in mobile and web application development, digital marketing, web designing, cloud hosting services and the like.