4 Tips To Choose An Offshore Drupal Development Company
The world of web development sees new technologies that emerge that change the game for both developers as well its users. One such technology that has done that is the Drupal CMS (Content Management System) due to the features, security, functionality, community of users and extensions/modules that it provides. The Drupal CMS is fully open source meaning free to use and built in the PHP programming language. This allows you both easily customize the Drupal CMS around your business and easily hire a Drupal development professional to help you customize it. The reasons for choosing to work with an offshore Drupal development company are many such as the money that you can save, the time that you can save and most importantly the ease of getting things done without doing it in-house. By no means is it easy sitting in some cases sitting halfway across the world and working with an offshore web development company but it can be a very lucrative endeavor if done correctly. Below, we will discuss some things that you should keep in mind or evaluate if you are looking for an offshore Drupal development company to work with:
✓ Work Speaks Volumes About Who You Are – The proof in the pudding is a great saying and is definitely true when it comes to development or really any type of business that you work in. A person or in this case a Drupal development provider can say that they are the best Drupal company that exists but proof is in the pudding meaning the work that they have delivered. When evaluating an offshore Drupal service provider, ask to see what Drupal projects they have successfully delivered in the past that are similar to yours as this will give you a very good sense of how capable or incapable the offshore service provider is. Look through the Drupal portfolio of work that the company has delivered in the past as it will speak volumes about what they are and who they are.
✓ Technical Expertise & Staff – The sales guy that convinces you to use the offshore development company will not be actually doing any coding or technical work. He will only showcase or try to convince you how good they are with the Drupal CMS related work that you are looking to get done. This part is often overlooked and many people never actually speak to the project management or development professionals themselves that they will actually be working with before starting their project. So, one thing you really need to do is speak to the Drupal developers themselves as well as the project manager who will be getting your work done to get a sense of the technical expertise as well as the overall experience that the offshore Drupal development company has. Careful evaluation of more than just the sales guy needs to be done when you are finalizing the company you are looking to work with.
✓ Reputation & References – A reputation or the word on the street about you as some people say really matters no matter what line of business you are in. Happy clients speak volumes about how good or bad you are as a business. Check to see what type of reviews and reputation the offshore Drupal development company you are evaluating has before signing on the dotted line. In addition, it is ideal to try and speak to client references which give you a good sense of the delivery, customer service and commitment the offshore company has. This is very important as more than likely the offshore development provider you are evaluating will be miles away so you need to work with an offshore provider that knows what they are doing and are trustworthy to minimize any headaches for yourself.
✓ Customer Support – Successfully completing your Drupal development project is only a part of the equation although it is a large part of it. When you are evaluating an offshore Drupal service provider, you need to find out what type of post-live support, general maintenance/warranty and SLA’s the company can offer you. Just getting your Drupal project complete is one thing, but who will support you and help you once your project is complete. When evaluating an offshore Drupal development company, check to see what they offer and ensure that everything is in writing for both parties to minimize any problems or surprises when it comes to warranty, support and maintenance agreements.
Working with an offshore Drupal company can be a very rewarding experience if you are able to find a suitable partner that can deliver what you are looking for. The money that you save, the time you save and the overall benefits that you have working with an offshore development company make it a no-brainer only if you are able to find that right partner. The above list is by no means a complete or exhaustive one but rather a guideline or some recommendation of things you should keep in mind before selecting someone to work with. Don’t be penny-wise and pound foolish while making your selection but still make sure you are not getting overcharged obviously. If you are looking for a reliable, experienced and trusted offshore Drupal development company to work with, please feel free to reach out to the team at Mind Digital for any of your web or mobile development needs you have. If you have any other things that should be kept in mind before working with an offshore web development company, please comment below!
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