The hidden costs and dangers of offshore website development for small business retailers

We have been helping another small business retailer deal with the fallout of their use of an offshore web developer to create their e-commerce site. The costs have been significant and the hurt to the business considerable.

Anyone who asks us is told: our advice for website development is to use a local web development business, one you can meet with, one you can visit, once you can call locally, one who understands your needs and situation.

Offshore web development can appear cheaper. In our experience, it is not cheaper for once you have got everything right and fixed, the cost can be considerably higher. Here is where costs can escalate, here are issues we have resolved with offshore developed websites:

  1. Failure to serve the actual needs of the local retail business.
  2. Poor design.
  3. Inappropriate design.
  4. Poor English.
  5. Out of date technology.
  6. Delays due to difficulty accessing the developer in local time.
  7. Broken for use in mobile devices.
  8. Inability to connect with other software such as POS software.

Like business software, with website development you get what you pay for. So, we say, let the buyer beware.

Our web development approach is local, structured, transparent and engaged with the customer at all steps. Being a POS software developer and a web developer, through separate teams in our business, we are skilled to bring to market an integrated and valuable solution, based on local business needs.

To find our more about our web development services, speak with a local Tower Systems sales person. They can point you to successful sites from us that are live and transacting today.

Here are some of the store linked websites we have developed:

This is a selection of sites created by Tower Systems. Our web development skills are diverse. Our SEO and SEM skills are fine-tuned, to help you get the notice for your website.

Professional web development takes time. Time has a per hour cost. IT professionals are paid well. Going for the cheapest price for website development could mean that you have gone with a business that cuts corners or has most of the work done offshore.

Since your website is your business calling card to the world it is not something to cut corners with, it is not something to take offshore for a saving today. A good source of business for us is replacing offshore developed sites.

The quote we will provide will be comprehensive and completely based on the needs you outline to us.

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