The cost of creating a website or a mobile application may vary greatly – from a couple hundred to several hundred thousands dollars. That might sound a little confusing, but we’re here to help you get an idea of what these numbers consist of.
Before you get a realistic idea of your project’s cost, you discuss it with the developers you choose to work with. Together, you figure out what the project is about and come up with features you’d like to be included. The developer then gives you a rough estimate of how much it would cost and what deadlines to expect. He gets it from multiplying the number of hours required to complete the project on the company’s rates.
Now it’s time to choose your pricing model. At Axmit we offer you the following options:
- outsource – we create a team managed by our own Project Manager and assign it to your project
- outstaff – in case you already have a team but lack in a specific expertise, we provide you with talents you can integrate into the in-house team on an hourly rate
- fixed bid – recommended in case you have clear requirements and timelines ready
Stages of Development
Once the agreement on prices and timelines is achieved, the development process starts:
UI/UX – the duration of this stage depends on the number of the screens. On average, it takes a minimum of 4 hours to develop the UX and design for 1 screen. Yet this number can be as high as 20 hours.
Coding – once the design stage is over, the actual programming begins. The time required for this stage depends on the features you want to implement. For simple features, like user login, it takes several hours. However, if your app or website requires social networks integration or other extensions, it may take more than 60 hours.
Infrastructure – generally the most expensive part of development. It includes controls, data storage and encryption, API integration or development, making the system scalable. A decent infrastructure may take 200-1000 hours.
Administration, data representation, CMS – analytics, performance management, administration will add up to a 100 hours more. A custom CMS may worth you as much as 1000 hours.
QA, testing – depends on the complexity of the tested feature. Usually takes a quarter of the time spent on the development of the feature.
- Deployment – finally getting your project up and running requires around 10 hours.
That was a brief introduction into the maths behind a web project cost. This breakdown doesn’t include the post-release expenses like maintenance and update, as this is a topic of its own, that we will be sure to cover in future. As you’ve probably noticed, the final cost depends on a lot of factors, and now you know the usual suspects when it comes to the cost drivers.