What was the scope of their involvement?
As a journalist, it was important for me to find a partner who could understand our organization, and not build a website just as a business card. They needed to have ambition in making a website with a degree of involvement, rather than just providing coding work. The technical decisions came later, after we had several long talks about our project, aims, and target audiences. ToBeCode came back with several ideas which we accepted.
This included having an administrative system I could use easily. The site needed to be maintainable since I didn’t have a lot of time to work on the coding part. There was no need for resizing photos or work on other technical issues prior to posting.
In principle, the site’s main purpose is to inform the public, as well as to serve as a portal for teachers, companies, and students who want to learn more about dual education. More than informing, it also tries to involve everyone, from journalists to teachers, who can find required documents on it.
The site was built on WordPress with several custom improvements. It connects to our Facebook and YouTube channel and has integration with Google Analytics.
What is the team dynamic?
With previous experiences with other companies, the initial person I would speak to seemed excellent and made a lot of promises, but after the contract was signed, I would be assigned to someone who was new in the company, or not interested in the project. I asked ToBeCode to put me in touch with the person I’d be working with from the very beginning. They’re a small company, so I was only in touch with a main contact and a second person during development.
We had several face-to-face meetings in the beginning, with the principal of the company and the team leader. Afterwards, we mainly used Skype and phone for communication. I have considered using Slack as well, but it’s more for permanent teams.
How did you come to work with ToBeCode?
I’d had experience with some web design companies, but wasn’t very happy. We tried to find a new partner, and approached several of them. We received almost 12 offers, made a shortlist, had discussions with different partners, and chose ToBeCode based on their profile, website, and past work. We received 2 types of offers—for the current range of around €4,000, and for around €20,000. [$23,000] There were also companies who refused to work with us, considering it to be too small of a project.
How much have you invested with them?
The cost of the project was approximately €4,000. [$4,500]. I found this very acceptable for the quality website the project got at the end.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with ToBeCode in March 2017 and finished in May. I have several projects on the table currently, and I’m considering working with them again. It was a very good and fruitful collaboration.