Sub_Seven - 8:02 pm on Feb 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
Lately I've been tormented by the fact that I don't want to use any kind of CMS on any of my websites nor any websites I might get in the future.
Is this bad or will I be left behind someday just because I don't want to do this or is it perfectly normal to do everything yourself?
There are several factors that are affected by this, for one without a CMS you don't provide your client with the option to make changes on his own and he/she would have to come to you to get this done.
I've had clients for a long time, which pay monthly fees that cover maintenance (changes, repairs, new pages, redirects, whatever they want) and SEO (which I constantly monitor to maintain good rankings) and they are happy with the results of both maintenance and SEO.
I guess the reason of this post is about best practices, I don't really have a point of comparison nor colleague developers to know what the trends are.
What do most companies/freelancers do?
Develop a site with or without a CMS, charge a onetime fee for design/development and then charge the customer for changes etc based on the hours worked per request?
or is it also a normal practice to charge monthly fees which include extra benefits like I do?
Thanks for any answers on this topic.