Web Development: Full-time vs Contract vs Design Firm

Subject: Web Development: Full-time vs Contract vs Design Firm
From: "John Balchunas" <John_Balchunas -at- ncbiotech -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 13:28:39 -0400

Hey everyone,

Just after some input or opinions. At the company I work for (approximately 50 employees), I am a member of a team charged with determining the needs and future requirements for our company web sites (1 large, 3 smaller sites). At the conclusion of our meetings, we created a group of recommendations for improving our sites and established a redesign cycle for each site. In addition to the content specialist and graphic designer we currently have on staff, we laid out the need for a full-time web-programmer/designer in order to design, develop, implement new technology, and maintain the site(s).

We are now in the process of trying to sort through the best approach toward this position.
Options appear to be either:
- Full-time web-programmer/designer
- Contract individual web-programmer/designer (full/part time)
- Contract with Web Design Firm

Just curious in how other companies out there handle web development? How many people handle your site design/redesigns, development, and maintenance? How large of a company? How large of a site? Cost-differences in the long-run with respect to the various options (given there are pros/cons with each option, is one more cost-effective)? Generally, I'm just interested in how others out there are handling things....any input would be appreciated....


John Balchunas
Workforce Training Manager
Education & Training Program
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
john_balchunas -at- ncbiotech -dot- org


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