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However, this is only part of the problem. To get money to them is tricky, and we've agreed that we pay about Â£200 up front, and not a penny more until the work is complete. Then we've asked them to hand over everything to us.
We are using a naitive Chinese in the UK. He phones them on his mobile which is quite cheap. I've also asked a colleague to visit them since he will be in Shanghai next week.
Once one can crack getting a site up in China to avoid filtering, designed for the Chinese market by Chinese developers, and do this quickly - then one does have something special.
We're in West Sussex.
I went to China and interviewed a bunch of design/development firms. There were quite a lot of issues with price. I actually found it cheaper to develop the site locally, get the content professionally copy-written in China, and then setup a dedicated server at one of the Chinese telecoms.
There were simply too many control and communication issues giving the entire project to a Chinese web development firm, not to mention the price. Just because you're making a Chinese site doesn't mean you have to have the entire site developed there.
Bill, you may have solved my problem. I can get translation done by Chinese nationals in the UK. I can get the site developed here. However, hosting with a Chinese telecom could be our answer!
Can you recommend one please?