Web Site Maintenance: 10-Querry Guide to Replacing Your E-Commerce Platform
Other vendors offer the whole spectrum of services in one package and are great for companies with limited staff and/or know-how. Determine which services you need. Arguments can be made for doing all the work with one vendor for convenience, or for using specialists for each task where you get the best of breed in each area.
Q9: When evaluating vendors, do you ask to see samples of sites they’ve built? Do they have live examples of all the critical functionalities you’d like to see on your site? Then be sure you like the design, drill-down, shopping cart and checkouts.
If a vendor can’t show you samples or give references of prior work, proceed with caution. Another key question to ask is whether they have clients of a similar size to you. You don’t want to be too small or too large for the vendor you choose.
Q10: Finally, are you ready to commit? Not only financially, but also the time and planning needed? While tedious, the work you put into planning your new Web site reduces headaches you might have in the future.
Also, the more you think through everything you’ll need for your site in advance, the better you’ll be able to find the right vendor to make the relaunch work.
Above all else, dedicate a champion for the project, someone internally who’ll take ownership of the whole thing and give it the time and attention required.
Relaunching your site is no small matter. But in today’s tough economy, it could be the best investment you’ll make for the future.
Look before you leap. Solid planning and brainstorming will not only help your redesign go smoothly, but also keep your costs down, saving those much-needed dollars for growing your business.