How do I go about finding the cost for developing a site?
We're on the template exemplified at LawHelpNY and have trouble finding a good way to estimate the cost of transitioning away from this platform and migrating content to a copy of a Drupal site of Maine, Michigan, or Connecticut.
Some key features are:
In-house staff would be able to do much of the content migration and creation once trained in the CMS.
Thank you. I apologize if this is inappropriate for the list.
That's a very reasonable question to ask. Unfortunately, different companies have a wide range of cost structures coupled with different methods of engagement which can make it very difficult and time-consuming to get this information.
The most straightforward way to go about this is to simply set a budget and get in touch with a few companies, sharing your budget with them as early as possible to give them the opportunity to identify if your project is not in their typical range. This does have a few downsides, though, and I'm assuming you're asking this question because you are seeking to first establish a realistic budget.
Here are a few strategies you can use:
That should help you narrow your search down to a specific budget range and a smaller number of firms that can help you. Once you get to this stage, you can reach out to individual firms (or one specific firm if you really like them over the others) and explore a project more formally. You will generally find there are 3 ways this occurs:
I hope that helps give you some insight into the process of determining the cost of a website!
Maybe moderators can suggest if I am wrong but in other groups I've been a part of it's forbidden to ask for estimate requests due to potential allegation of "price fixing". I'd recommend you look at the list of Drupal contractors in your area, e.g. in groups.drupal.org for your specific location, e.g. Drupal Consultants in the Greater SF Bay Area | Drupal Groups and reach out directly with a list of your requirements and/or your timeline/budget
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There's a few reasons that I'd recommend a paid discovery period over an RFP:
Because there's so much variability with your project if you send out an RFP, then any estimates from vendors will really be like throwing darts at a dartboard while blindfolded. You'll be inclined to choose the lowest bidder, but in doing so there's a high risk that the project won't end in a good place.
I recommend shopping for a vendor who has a history of running discovery project that will produce a menu of options to choose from, and detailed spec's that you could take to yet another vendor if you so choose. Be sure to add Advomatic to this list.