Joomla Project Costing - Other Factors and Final Thoughts

By Justin Kerr
July 01, 2010

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Additional Cost Factors

Other things may affect one's approach to flat-rate project costing. Clients who lack certain competencies can really put a drag on a project, whether this stems from specific personnel, outside resources, lack of marketing savviness, internal politics, or poor organizational skills. It may be worthwhile to consider whether a particular client seems problematic in these areas: If so, it might be a good idea to pad that quote a little bit more.

Of course, more efficiency at the Joomla service provider means more profit at the end of the day, since more gets done in less time. These efficiencies may originate anywhere, from streamlined client management processes to a better starting base of templates and code. Even things like taking the time to memorize keyboard shortcuts or upgrading a workstation with a solid-state disk drive can have a measurable impact on productivity. Efficiencies like this should be considered and implemented at every opportunity.

Final Thoughts

One thing is for certain: Content management system pricing models will continue to change over time. Improvements to and commoditization of CMS technologies will continue to reduce platform and implementation costs. Just as the value of yesterday's enterprise content management systems is being eclipsed by new, open source solutions that are cheap and offer 98 percent of any desired feature set, so will tomorrow's CMS market look completely different from today's.

In a world of CMS commoditization and falling prices, what may end up being the most valuable services are the high-touch creative, marketing and communications disciplines which can't be easily automated or effectively outsourced to the lowest possible bidder.