What was the scope of their involvement?
The original contract started with eight priority tasks—the blight items we wanted to address on the website. We executed those tasks appropriately over the course of a two-month period, and essentially concluded the contract with them.
One of the specific features we were looking for on the development side was setting up our Google Analytics, so that we could track individual information on each of the web pages: our click rates, how long people were viewing our information for, and our download rates.
Another important one was to have a live-feed structure. We post updated information about our company, including the events we attend and reports, and general market news and information. We wanted to set up more sophisticated navigation around the searchability for that live-feed structure, using a “see more” functionality, dropdown menus, categories, etc.
Related to that, we started developing podcasts to put onto our website. We had Saritasa link our current Soundcloud podcast structure and incorporate it into our live-feed system.
We also integrated our social media platforms, with special icons on specific web pages.
They helped structure a sort of template web design for custom pages. We have certain pages that follow a certain template, related either to publications we’re releasing or to the general research category we’re looking into.
One neat feature they had was a development site, which was essentially a copy of our website, where we could view changes before they went public on the production site. We didn’t have the capability to do that before, and it was really helpful. We knew exactly what the output product would be once it was published.
What is the team composition?
I had a technical project manager.
How did you come to work with Saritasa?
At the time, we were in an office space with a much larger company, and Saritasa was a client of theirs. The company recommended them, and we did our due diligence looking at several other web development companies. Saritasa had a pretty good pricing model, and it seemed to work out for us.
How much have you invested with them?
The total investment was $7,500–$10,000 over a three-month period. The original budget we estimated was around $7,500, but we had a couple of tweaks and additional questions upon the completion of the contract. I believe we spent an additional $1,500 on those.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Saritasa in mid-October 2019, and we had some breaks during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Development started on November 7th, as we were trying to figure out the logistics of information beforehand. We concluded in mid-January 2020. There were a couple of follow-up technical questions, and they were very responsive. They provided everything I needed to manage the site myself.