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Quoting for re-coding websites that you did not make

  • # January 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Someone asked me to make a mobile version of their website.
    I did not make their website and I hate dealing with other peoples code, especially if it isn’t commented up and well written (I do not know if it is or isn’t… I have not looked yet…).
    What do you do in such situations. Do you tell the client to take a hike?
    Do you impose a rule that you only fix up or work on websites that you have built?
    Because this is not the first time.

    # January 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I would provide a quote based on the code of the current website. If you need to redo a bunch of stuff already in there, then that’s obviously an added cost.

    # January 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Look at the code first. Then decide.

    # January 21, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I look at the code. The last three times I’ved passed. Such a total mess I’d like have to learn a new language just to figure it out.

    # January 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Where I work we pretty much follow TheDoc’s model.

    We look over the code, the amount of templates needed, and then we give a quote. Generally we prefer it if the structure of the HTML is decent, since then we can just (more or less) “reskin” it by adding mediaqueries.

    If we need to do more things deeper, that obviously is going to cost more.

    That said, I would say that what you should do depends on your feelings. I kind of enjoy digging through other people’s code, if only because it occasionally gives me a good reason to rant <.<

    # January 22, 2013 at 7:15 am

    >I would provide a quote based on the code of the current website. If you need to redo a bunch of stuff already in there, then that’s obviously an added cost.

    Simply this. You will have to make an estimate of how long it will take you to either retrofit a mobile version or rewrite & code for various viewport sizes then multiply by an **hourly rate**.

    You could present both options to the client.

    # January 22, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I always check the code first but more often than not have to recommend a full redevelopment, usually it’s quicker (and therefore cheaper) just to start from scratch rather than trying to unravel the mess someone else made.

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