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Building a Good Client-Developer Relationship

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If you are currently in the process of launching or developing a website, you need to understand how important it is to build a good client-developer relationship. Through the course of a project, the client and the web developer need to take time and effort to communicate with each other.

MAC (Modify/Add/Change) vs. Enhancement

The web developer should educate his client and inform him regarding any changes that need to be done as this is crucial to the success of a project. Changes are good and they should be welcomed, but both client and developer should agree with these changes before they are implemented.

 

If you are a client, you should understand that there is a huge difference between a simple MAC (Modify/Add/Change) and a labour-intensive enhancement. MAC consists of simple changes such as:

•editing text and typographical errors

•modifying links

•changing colors and sizes

Enhancements include:

•using plug-ins

•modifying third party plug-ins and other labour-intensive enhancements

•adding features that do not come with the regular installation of CMS (Content Management System)

The client and the developer should spend time brainstorming during the course of the project. Communication is important in order to strengthen the relationship and for the developer to know what message the client wants to get across through his website. At the end of the day, the client’s achievements and failures are also the developer’s achievements and failures. Both client and developer should know that they are on the same boat, aiming for the same goals.

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