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I'm about to start working on my first paid freelance website project and I need advice

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by letsnba, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. letsnba

    letsnba Newbie

    Oct 21, 2012
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    This guy at work knows someone that needs a website done and he referred me because I did some front end development on our department SharePoint site. (My job isn't entirely focused on web development). I used HTML/CSS with some JavaScript to do some simple DOM manipulation. My only other actual project experience was creating a WordPress site for a school organization last year.

    I went over the sample content and notes that they gave me and it looks like they want to create a membership site with trial memberships/payment processing/etc. They want the site to be created in phases so the first phase would be creating a prototype of all the content like articles/navigation/etc. The second phase would eventually be adding the membership and payments and stuff. Would this be a complicated project?

    I'm also having trouble figuring out the best way to eventually get all this done. Would I be able to use a CMS like Wordpress to do all this? Would I need to do some custom coding or outsource it (possibly to someone here)? Also, how much should I charge?
  2. Conor

    Conor Elite Member

    Nov 7, 2012
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    South Africa
    Use Wordpress. It supports membership stuff right off the bat. Woocommerce is great for payment stuff.

    How much you charge is completely up to you. Usually I work at an hourly rate, and just estimate according to how long I think it will take me to finish.

    There's a plugin for everything. You shouldn't need to custom code a thing.

    Feel free to outsource to me ;)