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Advice- Developing Backend Administration System on Site

   
8:12 pm on Aug 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure if this is the appropriate place for this type of post, but I will give it a try to see what I get.

I have developed a handful of sites before, some of them dynamic, some static - in most cases the work has been either done as a favor to family/friend or personal. In addition, I have done some internal web development (both static and dynamic) at my place of employment.

I am looking for advice on the following: I have recently completed working on a static design / development on a static page for a print shop. My client has since shown a lot of interest making his site dynamic and implementing a backend user administration system to the site where he can log in and make modifications to his pricing structure.

I have drafted a project proposal, basically it includes moving his site from one host to another, designing the schema for the database (shouldnt be too involved, i would guess 5 tables max), and writing both the administration area and making the content on the website dynamic. I have estimated approximately 15 hours of work to be put into this before completion.

I will be coding in ColdFusion (if that makes a difference).

My question to you all is - what is a fair price / going rate for something like this. What is typical.

I appreciate any and all replies.

Thank you

sb

4:12 pm on Aug 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi stephenmbell and welcome to WebmasterWorld :)

Your question isn't as easy to answer as it might seem - it's a bit like asking how long is a piece of string.

Your hourly rate depends on things like where you are, the cost of your overheads and a load of other things. Everyone needs to figure out for themselves what an hour of their time is worth.

Here are a couple of threads with some useful discussion on the topic of charging:

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9:07 pm on Aug 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If it is just certain areas of the site that the client needs to be able to change you could make those specific areas scripted. For example you could have an admin area where the end user can log in and make changes, the changes are then reflected on the specific page.

For example lets say the page the customer needs to be able to modify is the prices page. You could call the page prices.php you couch then have the .php file include a text file, or read from a database. The end user couch then edit the information through a web interface. I guess this would be content management at it's simplest.

Just some ideas.

Mack.