Could you describe the scope of work in greater detail?
ImageX came in and took us through the whole redesign and deployment. They were heavily involved in each and every phase, from inception to deployment. They flew down here during the RFP [request for proposal] process, and we discussed what our business is, and gave them a tour of the company, and gave them information about what exactly we do. They took that back with them and created a 37-page system requirement document. Then, we moved through the next discovery phase with them. They produced a 140-page document with all the navigation and features, and every single page across the entire website. Once we reached an agreement on the scope and deployment strategy, they began the actual process of developing our core components, testing them, implementing them, and enhancing them.
How did you select ImageX as your solution partner?
We were looking into a couple of different vendors. We were looking for those that were considered the top Drupal firms. We had talked with one locally, Lullabot, but they were way outside of our price range. There were a couple other creative studios that we looked at, too. We looked at some of the pre-existing templates for Drupal, and outsourcing it. We also considered doing it in-house, but our website is absolutely massive, and it would have been a daunting undertaking.
I had known a couple people who had designed some fairly large Drupal sites, and they recommended ImageX. They’d heard really good things. That’s when we decided to send them an RFP and have them look at our project. I had unknowingly been visiting some of the sites they designed for years, which were some of my favorites. Once we did the RFP with them, and saw their design style and what they did, we chose to go with them.
Could you provide a general cost estimate for this particular engagement?
To give you an idea of a price disparity, a different company was going to be close to $120,000 or $150,000 for only mockups. ImageX was gave us the same estimate, but included the entire thing, from inception to deployment.
We went through an initial design, and then a redesign. The total cost of the site, had we avoided doing the redesign, would have been about $120,000 to $130,000. With the redesign, we went up to about $200,000. We also have ongoing contracts with them, and we’re doing more work with them right now. That’ll probably bring us close $300,000 by the end of next year. They’re worth every penny.