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The Importance of a contract
July 1, 2007 by Katy Whitton

Read any online forum such as WebmasterWorld and you’ll see no end of web developers complaining that their clients won’t pay up. Why? because they didn’t bother with a contract. As I’ve already mentioned here in Managing Web Projects #5, the contract is a very important (and yet often missed) part of the development process: […] … Read More »

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97% of websites fail the disabled
June 12, 2006 by Katy Whitton

An article on the BBC website states a shocking statistic that 97% of website’s tested by website Accessibility Agency “Nomensa” are failing the disabled: In the UK, the websites looked at included Marks & Spencer, Lloyds TSB, British Airways and The Guardian. The BBC’s website was not included in the survey. The British Prime Minster’s […] … Read More »

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June 11, 2006 by Katy Whitton

So, you’ve tested the site and are approaching the sign-off phase but before you can jump the last hurdle the client turns around to you and says, “Well actually, I’d like it to do….” You check back through your Technical Requirements Specification and lo and behold, what’s been asked of you was never in the […] … Read More »

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June 10, 2006 by Katy Whitton

Testing is the most important part of the whole web production process. I don’t care what anybody else tells you – listen to me, not them! At a company I once worked for (who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons!), we released a rather large website update. In normal circumstances our procedures were excellent (well, […] … Read More »

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June 9, 2006 by Katy Whitton

This is the 9th installment of my “Managing Web Projects” series. Apologies for the delay in getting back on track with it but for some reason I’ve been suffering a severe bout of procrastination. Anyway, I digress, on with the show! As mentioned in my previous post “Managing Web Projects #8 – The Design Process”, […] … Read More »

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June 7, 2006 by Katy Whitton

Before you being to plan your design, you should first consider whether it will be: A full re-brand Web presence only Whilst this will be set out in the Technical Requirements Specification (TRS), it will directly impact how you go about the design. For example, if you are going for a full re-brand you’ll have […] … Read More »

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June 7, 2006 by Katy Whitton

We’ve all been in this situation; you’ve pulled off three all-nighters in a row to get your project finished by the delivery date, you’ve worked all weekend and first thing Monday morning you stroll into the office ready to roll it out to live. Ring ring…. “Hello?”… The client’s on the ‘phone. “Hi, I’ve just […] … Read More »

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June 7, 2006 by Katy Whitton

Now that you have written the Technical Requirements Specification you know the scope of the project, the workload, rough time-scales and should now be able to work out what team members you need. How you decided to build your team will be dependant on the size and type of site, technologies used and the available […] … Read More »

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June 7, 2006 by Katy Whitton

Quoting for a job can be quite a tricky business and it’s all too easy to under or over estimate the true cost. Under-estimate and you’ll be out of pocket, over-estimate and you’ll be out of a job! So, how do we go about creating a reasonable quote that doesn’t break the client’s bank or […] … Read More »

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