Building the RoundTable Technology website went about as well as I could have imagined. The process was fun and educational, the people I worked with were awesome, and the final product exceeds my expectations completely. I thought it might be useful to write up a case-study of what I learned, which could also serve as something of an outline for how a website like this gets built, how much it costs, how much time it takes, what sort of people are needed, and what tools are used.
I'll break it down into three separate posts:
Part 1: Overview of project and key details
Part 2: Narrative of project from start to finish
Part 3: Lessons learned and takeaways
On to part 1, the overview.
One Sentence Overview
The RoundTable Technology website was built by three people, in 8 weeks, for $3,500, using WordPress.
The People and the Numbers
*On many projects, the designer and developer will be two different people, since those roles involve two different skill sets. With Ethan, we were fortunate enough to work with a talented graphic designer who is also a skilled developer.
Project Manager, $1,500
Logo design, $280
Content, $100 (so far)
Total (to date): $3,500
8 weeks from start to launch
About 20 hours of my time within those 8 weeks
Platform and tools:
Built on WordPress, using a WordPress template.
Hosted by Dreamhost
Logo designed via 99Designs logo contest
Google Apps (www.google.com/a) was used for project communication and documentation
In Part two of this post, I’ll break down the project from start to finish.