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How to estimate website project cost when relatively inexperienced?

I have a client who has an existing website written in PHP spaghetti code and has been through a few developers. He wants to add features and upgrade to a modern framework (Django). The website is quite involved (tests, shopping cart, user authentication) and the requested features would add another layer of complexity (teachers and students). I have experience working with Django but I'm not confident enough to estimate the whole thing. Worse still, my client is non-technical and keeps asking for updates while remaining cagey about cost/ trying to lowball instead of considering technical difficulties. How does one proceed? [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans on Apr 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Where are the entry level jobs in... Web Frontend Development?

My partner is studying frontend dev and wants to find a job that will let her practice skills while she's learning them. Where should she be looking for jobs? What websites, what search terms? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Feb 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Budgeting QA time in web dev?

For those working in web dev with a dedicated QA/testing team: what percentage/ratio of the project schedule do you devote to testing, fixing, and regression testing, especially when compared to planning and the time actually allocated to dev? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 20, 2013 - 11 answers

To oDesk or not to oDesk?

I'm interested in trying to make $25k/year using oDesk as a full time job (as a web frontend dev) . Does anyone have experience using oDesk, and does this seem reasonable to you based on that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Is taking a demotion career suicide?

I've been out of work for over a year, and the job search hasn't been going well. I recently received an offer that is $15k less than I was making at my prior position, and is a demotion in title(From "Senior Programmer", to "Developer I"). I'm very discouraged, but feel like I don't have much choice, given the financial situation I'm in. Will I be committing career suicide by accepting it? As always, complicating details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2013 - 24 answers

Best practices or tools for defining specifications for a new website?

My small team is hiring a developer and a designer to build a website. What is the best way for us to communicate the features that the website needs to have? It is a medium-complexity website - more than a blog, less than Facebook. [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on May 31, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me create a secondary dev environment, either Windows 7 or Ubuntu

I'm a Mac-based webmonkey, and I need to sett up a secondary dev environment on an old Thinkpad X200. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on May 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Why does daringfireball show a "white flash" between pages?

I've noticed that when I click around the popular Daring Fireball site, there's a brief whitescreen flash in between pages... i.e., the entire browser window turns white for just a moment before the next page loads. Anyone know why? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Mar 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Webapps for MySQL-based charts?

You want to create a web dashboard with some pretty charts based on data in an existing MySQL database. What do you use? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Dec 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Where to start with modern web UI development?

Help me get my Web 2.x (or are we on 3.x now? I've lost track) on. I'm an old-school Web 1.0 developer who wants to kickstart himself into slightly more modern UI and user experience paradigms, and I have a project in mind (of course). The challenge? No expensive tools. [more inside]
posted by jferg on Nov 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Cleansed, folded and manipulated.

Beginner at PHP: Inserting form data into MySQL. I need to strip special characters out, for security and MySQL compatibility, but the options are overwhelming me and I've spent far longer on this issue than the whole project so far. [more inside]
posted by dozo on Oct 3, 2012 - 9 answers

New to the freelancing world (programming)

What is the quickest way I can obtain programming gigs from odesk/elance/etc? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Sep 23, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I frame the question and look for help creating a website?

How do I ask for help and where do I look for intelligent, experienced help in creating a user-controlled website for a wholesale company based in NYC? Any ideas about the ballpark cost to create a wholesale company website? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Aug 1, 2012 - 24 answers

There's no place like localhost... please help me get back there...

Just installed Apache on a new machine, and now any calls to localhost goes to one of my VirtualServers instead of the docroot. Help! [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on May 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Website CMS options for a religious organization?

What's the best CMS for a busy church with a bunch of committees full of non-technical people? Are there professional website maintenance companies that deal specifically with religious organizations? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Mar 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me figure out how to make a form letter! (Electronically.)

How can I create an online form letter that users can send in the form of an email? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Oct 27, 2011 - 3 answers

it's not a bug, it's a feature!

Please recommend a good bug tracker. Free, or close to free, of course! [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Oct 18, 2011 - 24 answers

Prof Accr Web Dev

I realised last night that I've never seen a Web Developer (like wot I is) claiming any kind of professional accreditation. Why not? Is there another professional organisation that would take us? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Sep 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Cross train or jump ship...?

It looks like my webdev employer has decided to move from PHP to JSP. Is it time to learn a new language or time to move on...? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I switch into a career in web/software development?

I think I want to ditch law school before it starts and become a developer of some kind, but I have no experience in the field. How do I accomplish the career change after the law school ditching? (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by traversionischaracter on Aug 2, 2011 - 16 answers

Web app tutorials for rusty coders?

How can I learn how to develop web apps? [more inside]
posted by modernserf on Jul 25, 2011 - 10 answers

To CMS or to Do Something Else

Is a CMS just for publishing websites, or would a web app site want one, too? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Jun 20, 2011 - 5 answers

OpenSourceMusicGeekProjectFilter question

I need some advice on how to build a database-driven site around an archive of ephemera (mostly flyers). Essentially, I want to build an online archive of scanned rave flyers from the Toronto-London-Detroit rave scenes (plus some Midwest US flyers). Here's what I have: [more inside]
posted by LMGM on Feb 2, 2011 - 9 answers

How to add blogging functionality to a static website

What is the easiest way to add blogging capability to a static website? [more inside]
posted by devilshgrin on Oct 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Looking for a web browser that doesn't cache DNS or content.

I need a web browser (or firefox extension) that really, really, really disables caching. I want exactly what the server sends, every time I load a page. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 15, 2010 - 18 answers

How much do websites cost?

How much does it cost to have a full website designed? What are some specific figures for popular websites? I seem to recall that reddit.com was made by a freelancer for $5,000, and I'm interested in finding out the "price" of other websites.
posted by matkline on May 1, 2010 - 17 answers

Escape from the rustbelt.

Finishing up my degree and looking for a gay-friendly, outdoorsy city with good tech employment prospects. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus on Apr 30, 2010 - 34 answers

What pitfalls should I keep in mind when adapting PHP scripts to run on the command line?

I'm trying to run some PHP scripts via the CLI instead of over HTTP. How do I make them play nice? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Mar 24, 2010 - 4 answers

GSOH preferable but not essential

32 year old web developer seeks new job before this one drives him insane. Where can I go from here...? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Where does a developer work when he's tired of yet another CMS?

I'm a programmer looking for some side work, but don't want to just build someone a CMS. What unexpected industries could make use of a developer? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Feb 15, 2010 - 4 answers

How should I test sites in IE8 + Windows 7 on my XP Pro machine?

How should I test sites in IE8 + Windows 7 on my XP Pro machine? [more inside]
posted by pineappleclock on Feb 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Can I disable Firefox cache per-domain?

How can I set Firefox to not cache any pages from a certain domain? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Dec 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Story problems.

Web Designers! Tell Me Of The Dragons You Hath Slain! [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Jul 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me fix my wordpress theme for internet explorer? (YAML)

Web design panic! Wordpress theme (YAML + sandbox) implodes on impact with internet explorer [more inside]
posted by yuletide on Apr 21, 2009 - 11 answers

Mission: From pretty pictures to useful pictures

What are the best resources for me to look into if I want to create websites that support user-created information? [more inside]
posted by ttyn on Apr 19, 2009 - 2 answers

Drupal 6 CCK hook mysteries

In Drupal's CCK, how do I add additional global settings to fields? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Mar 11, 2009 - 8 answers

What's the difference between Ruby on Rails and Python?

What's the difference between Ruby on Rails and Python from a non-programmer's perspective? Are there advantages or disadvantages I should be aware of? I'm working on a project that needs web dev help, but I'm just a designer with no clue between the two.
posted by ckohrman on Mar 2, 2009 - 10 answers

I can haz developer???

Does this person exist, relatively cheaply: drupal, PHP, Flash, CSS developer? All rolled into one. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Feb 11, 2009 - 26 answers

Document!

Web site source code documentation - what is crucial/acceptable/required to demand from a vendor to be comfortable that a new web team could hit the ground running? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jan 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Need to make columns in a table appear/disappear based on checkboxes

WebDesignFilter: I am trying to create a table with columns appearing based on what checkboxes are selected. [more inside]
posted by the_dude on Nov 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Django hosting recomendations

Web hosting recomendations - Im very new to web development but have been slowly setting up a website with django and im starting to think about hosting. [more inside]
posted by phyle on Nov 17, 2008 - 4 answers

vBulletin is trying to destroy my sanity

I have recently dived into the world of styling vBulletin forums and have discovered homicidal tendencies I didn't know I had. Please send help in the forum of guides, tutorials, and reference documents. [more inside]
posted by chrominance on Sep 2, 2008 - 1 answer

CSS, JQuery, PHP and Caching: Best practices?

CSS, JQuery, PHP and Caching: What are the best practices for creating dynamic CSS with JQuery and PHP? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 20, 2008 - 7 answers

Where to get live NFL stats for web development?

How does one go about getting access to live NFL football statistics for the purposes of web development? [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g on Aug 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Is it MySpace Voodoo?

How can I pull the data from a MySpace profile to include in flash or other custom layouts? [more inside]
posted by vertigo25 on Jul 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Spammers ruin everything: how do I stop them from abusing mailing list signups?

On our website, we've got a little one-field form where people can fill in their e-mail address and sign up for our mailing list. The form seems to now be the target of spammer-hacker bastards, and random people are complaining about being signed up for a list they've never heard of. What should we do, besides take down the form altogether? The only thing that comes to mind is a captcha (but that adds another step to what should be a one-step process). [more inside]
posted by chrominance on Jun 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Code-switching while coding

Code-switching while coding: if you speak more than one language and are a programmer or a web-developer, do you write code in one or the other or both? [more inside]
posted by signal on Apr 9, 2008 - 15 answers

Tracking organic search and paid search referrals

Under the hood of Google Analytics. GA does a great job of segmenting paid and organic search metrics - traffic, keywords, etc. How does it know one from the other ? [more inside]
posted by superfurry on Mar 13, 2008 - 3 answers

Which developers should I add to my del.icio.us network?

Who should I add to my del.icio.us network if I'm interested in web development? I currently have a few of my friends and some javascript gurus, but I'd like to add some more. Is there a website that lists developers and their del.icio.us usernames?
posted by bertrandom on Mar 12, 2008 - 6 answers

Building the timeline

I need a way for users to edit a timeline online. It doesn't have to be elaborate; it just has to allow a user to add an event to a history timeline. I'm too swamped to build my own solution. We're running IIS with classic ASP. Ideas for getting this pulled off? [more inside]
posted by dw on Feb 11, 2008 - 15 answers

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