For most any project, juggling multiple vendors is the norm. Whether planning a large-scale event, publishing a book, or setting up a fundraiser, working with a variety of contractors is sometimes necessary. Unfortunately, it can also sometimes be chaotic, confusing, and close to a circus act. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, not if the project is placed in the hands of a single website team with established partnerships in place.
Let’s pretend you are building a house. Would you rather go through the headache of hiring the architect, carpenter, roofer, electrician, plumber, etc. as separate vendors, cross your fingers and hope they work well together, or hire a single builder and let them take care of putting together the group of professionals necessary to build the home of your dreams? The latter certainly sounds easier and a better way to avoid buying bottles upon bottles of aspirin to kill all those migraines that are destined to arrive if you chose the former option.
This methodology applies to building your website, too. The better alternative to juggling multiple vendors is to partner with a single one that can facilitate all necessary website services: development, design, maintenance, hosting, and optimization. That’s how we do at it WebDevStudios.
As a website design and development agency with over a decade’s worth of experience and know-how, we already have the proper relationships in place ready to yield those services we do not provide ourselves. For example, when one of our global media clients needs dependable website hosting scaled to support a massive audience, we turn to WP Engine. With an established partnership of eight years, we can confidently assign such an important responsibility to this reputable company knowing our clients will be provided with impeccable, polished, dependable service.
Our chosen partners are a reflection of our own reputation, and we would never choose to establish a relationship with any company that didn’t meet our high standards and utilize best practices. When you, as a business entity, select multiple vendors, who probably haven’t worked together before, and expect them to figure out how to operate seamlessly, you are taking a chance and throwing caution to the wind. Here’s why.
There Are Risks to Coordinating Multiple Vendors
There are always risks in life and in business, but if you can do something to mitigate those risks and set your website project up for success, why wouldn’t you? The following are just a few of the things that could go wrong when you’re forced to maneuver your way through the labyrinth of coordinating multiple vendors.
Of course there is bound to be miscommunication when vendors, who don’t already have relationships, work together. There could be a multitude of reasons why this happens, including different geographical locations and time zones or differing methods of communications (i.e., communicating via Basecamp vs. communicating via telephone). When working with a website team that already has established partnerships in place, kinks in communications have already been resolved in the past, making the possibility of miscommunication obsolete.
Lack of Coordination
By piecemealing the key players of your website project, the coordination of the statement of work falls fully on your shoulders. Expecting your vendors, again, who have not worked together before, to take on the job of project management is expecting way too much.
At WebDevStudios, we have an experienced project management team whose job is to lead the coordination of your website project. Because we have our established partnerships in place, such as with WP Engine, our project managers know who the key players are, their processes, and can easily coordinate with other vendors to ensure the efficiency of your project’s life cycle.
Lack of Familiarity of Processes
One vendor may work one way while another vendor has different processes in place. If these vendors have never worked together before, how could they possibly be aware of each other’s processes? Website development partners who are already familiar with one another’s processes and practices are able to work together with a synchronicity that will support the success of your project.
Benefits of Working with a Website Team with Established Partners in Place
Now that you understand the risks of working with multiple vendors who are not established partners, let’s review the benefits.
Save Time Searching for Vendors
Now that you have the approval and budget necessary to launch your new website project, along with a tight deadline, how much time did you build into your timeline for shopping around for vendors? It’s likely you completely forgot about this aspect of your project. Most business professionals do.
Don’t be surprised if it takes you weeks to put together the right team of web designers, developers, host providers, support engineers, and SEO consultants. Also, the time you spend shopping around for companies that accommodate your timeline and budget is time that could be used on the development of your website. By choosing a single website team with established partnerships in place, you save so much time by relying on that one team to provide the right suppliers for those additional services required to meet your project’s goals.
Streamline Your Project Life Cycle
Efficiency is key. Vendors who already know how to work together will provide you with a surprisingly smooth, streamlined experience when it comes to the life cycle of your project. Think about it. Just the planning process to kick off your project was probably overwhelming and nerve-racking, wasn’t it? You don’t want to have to deal with that kind of stress throughout the life cycle of your project. Select a website team with established partnerships in place and you won’t have to.
Receive Your Project on Time
Time is money, and missing or postponing an announced date for your website project can make you cringe. Whatever your selected date is for your website launch, it’s an important one! Don’t miss it simply because one vendor miscommunicated with another. Place the responsibility of adhering to your timeline in the hands of a trusted team and rest easy knowing that you will receive your project on time.
Remain on Budget
Budgets should be honored and respected. A website team with established partnerships in place knows this and will emphasize the importance of your budget with their partners. Because of the strength of their relationships, they’ll work together to ensure the integrity of their reputations and your financial limitations.
Our Team Becomes Your Team
Just like extensions and applications enhance the functionality of your internet browser or smartphone, a website team with established partnerships in place can strengthen the abilities and capacity of your in-house development team. With our clients, our team becomes their team. Our partners become theirs, too. This synergy creates unlimited potential for the growth and success of your website and any future enhancements you may decide to add at a later time.
Convinced, yet? Just the ease of handing over the responsibilities of a huge job to a single, competent website team should be enough to sway you from the juggling act of hiring multiple vendors yourself. The launch of your website project should be exciting, joyous, and inspiring, not stressful, tense, and daunting. Choose a website team with established partnerships in place and turn your website project into a joyful, memorable milestone in the history of your organization. Contact us and let’s talk about how our team can become yours.