What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
We’re just reaching the final testing stage now, but I’ve been impressed with their ability to understand my vision. They’ve been developing sites for a long time, so they were able to implement my ideas well. Some colors could be changed, but that’s just a question of aesthetics. The overall site is my idea, made right the first time. They took the time to listen to what I had to say, did the work, then came back to me to make sure it was correct.
I’ve shown the site to friends and family to make sure that it’s something they could navigate easily. It was important to check that they understood what the UI elements represented, and they did—they were able to navigate through the site, find content, and also add it. I’ve heard positive feedback so far.
How did SemiDot Infotech perform from a project management standpoint?
It was a straightforward process despite our time difference—I am based in the U.K. and their team is in India. We had calls when we could find a good time for both parties. My biggest fear was the communication with their team, but the communication I’ve had with SemiDot was very pleasant. We used email and WhatsApp.
I was given an estimate for the hours required and paid them on an hourly basis. They were able to stay within that estimate. The UI design took a week to complete, then they came back and asked about any changes I wanted to make.
What did you find most impressive about them?
This was my first time working with an international company. I’ve usually dealt with local companies, so I was a bit skeptical at first. I’d also heard horror stories about dealing with offshore companies than ran off after being paid, or never completed the task on time. I never had this issue with SemiDot.
I’ve only been working with SemiDot for three months, but I’ve been impressed with their professionalism and technical knowledge.
They gave me their honest opinion about certain functionalities I wanted, saving me a lot of money. There were elements I didn’t really need or which could be built in other ways. They were able to answer my technical questions and find solutions to my problems. Other companies might have taken my money and done the work without any reservations, even though the final product may not have worked well.
Are there any areas they could improve?
They could open an office in the U.K. in order to eliminate the timezone difference. I haven’t had any real issues with them because I took my time to actually do research. Had I picked a random company, I would have likely had a worse experience.
Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?
It does help to learn a bit about building websites and to make sure that the full requirements are known and planned out. My basic understanding of how WordPress works meant it was much easier for me to have a conversation with them. We didn’t have to keep going over the same items so the process was a lot easier and cheaper.