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    AussieGrocer
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    We need a computer person or company who has a good understanding of Oscommerce. Can anyone recommend someone or themselves? Our website is http://www.OnlyOz.com.au Only Australian Groceries.

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    Chris Bates
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    Hey Mate,

    I hope you have a big budget. A full time PHP developer is going to cost you a pretty penny! :)

    What are you looking to get done to your website?

    Perhaps it might be for feasible to pay and get your website done PROPERLY the way you want it, so that it’s easy for you to manage yourself. Might be a costly investment, especially after all the money you’ve probably pumped in already. But it’s certainly going to work out cheaper then hiring a developer full time.

    Cheers,
    Chris

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    AussieGrocer
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    123

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    Chris Bates
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    The idea of a system is that it’s developed to meet your needs. Occasionally new requirements pop up, and they get developed.

    But if you’re running an eCommerce system, and you can justify hiring a full time PHP developer, your system is NOT working for you.

    You have been given some very bad advice my friend, or you change your mind A LOT!

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    I agree, if it were set up properly you wouldn’t need a full-time coder.

    However, each to their own.

    If I had a pretty penny, I wouldn’t be using oscommerce :-)

    You should catch up with Chris, I for one have used him on several projects now. All have been delivered on time, and to a professional standard.

    I couldn’t afford him full time, but on contracted rates he has implemented automated systems that make my life soooooo much easier! (And I might add, he goes above and beyond with service – limits I probably tested for a while).

    Cheers,

    Tim

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    AussieGrocer
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    Do you have any recommendations?

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    Chris Bates
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    Sorry to hear – you HAVE had a really bad experience! Even for $7000 you should have received a lot more then you have been given, let alone $64,000. I’m surprised you survived that sort of nightmare.

    A Uni grad might be desperate for work, but they will easily get a job for $40k+. But a Uni grad isn’t workforce ready, they’ll be unexperienced and cost you a lot in the long run. Someone with experience, you can expect well over $80k+ a year.

    Please trust me, avoid another nightmare, DON’T hire someone! Just get the right advice first.

    What sort of traffic are we talking? There are certainly solutions out there, but it more comes down to your bandwidth requirements.

    How do you find your website in it’s current state? Is it doing what you need it to? What is your conversion like (% of your traffic that actually buy something)?

    You have learnt a very important lesson though. It’s not about shopping around, it’s about picking the right person. You will find a lot of business owners make this mistake, and end up being ripped off. Either on price, or in quality.

    What’s your name by the way?

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    It looks like your osCommerce install hasn’t even been done correctly in the first instance. There are a few issues that are evident right off the bat.

    Before you employ anybody, develop a requirement specification (a document that details EVERY function you want your site to carry out). It should be in detail and that can then be used as a basis for hiring any potential employee/developer to build/modify/maintain your site.

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers,
    Joel

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    I second that an IT graduate is a bad idea.

    They will be keen, and a good employee, but they are not job ready. What you will want is an IT graduate with minimum 2+ years job experience. (more experience if you can afford them). The issue you face there is that they will want 60k+ and any developer worth their salt will want 80k+

    Think of IT as like building a house. You wouldn’t hire a fresh apprentice to architecture and build your house. Don’t make the same mistake with computers and software.

    Be *very* careful of building a system from scratch. The costs are always more than people realise and it is much like building a custom house. It requires years of experience not to risk botching it.

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    Chris Bates
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    john.sheppard, post: 26540 wrote:
    Be *very* careful of building a system from scratch. The costs are always more than people realise and it is much like building a custom house. It requires years of experience not to risk botching it.

    I second this as well. There’s too many great existing solutions out there to justify the cost of it either.

    For $60k+ you SHOULD have gotten a custom made eCommerce website though… Not a bodgy osCommerce website with no real design.

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    AussieGrocer
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    Thank you

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    JohnSheppard
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    Your hosting company should be able to give you more bandwidth, it might just cost a little bit more. Or was it the same mob that was developing the site that was doing the hosting?

    We could all recommend, but I guess your best bet is to ask whoever you get to maintain your site and use whoever they are comfortable with.

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    JohnSheppard
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    ..also some more info on wages; This is what I reckon is about the going rates;

    Noob, code monkey, tinkerer not much experience $35,000
    Code monkey, 2 years playing around with php scripts and mods $45,000
    Junior Architect (can build from scratch) $55,000-$65,000
    Experienced Architect $80,000+

    It’s difficult to advise without a period of verbal consultation and requirements specifications but if you plan to stick to your oscommerce install you would only need a junior architect or code monkey.

    As for finding a solution, find someone who has experience with oscommerce. Verify their history and references. Someone fresh out of uni is unlikly to have used oscommerce (especially not a masters, they’re academics interested in other things)

    Internal staff is not a bad idea but really, once its up it should stay up and working without the need for full time staff and you can get more experienced people externally…ie…you’d have to find work for them after 6 months…

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    Hi Katie,

    I’m a web developer that specialises in php and have had my own oscommerce store in the past.

    If you would like some assistance even if it’s just to evaluate where the store is at and it’s future potential I’d be more than happy to help.

    I can be contacted through my site http://www.huwebdev.com.au

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    AussieGrocer, post: 26695 wrote:
    Our current hosting company says we need to move to our own server but I am having trouble finding the right company to maintain the site and do the hosting.

    Any suggestions?

    I’d be surprised if you needed your own dedicated server. The jump from shared hosting to dedicated server is huge; usually not just in pricing but also in knowledge (unless you shell out even more for a managed service).

    Some local hosts like Jumba offer higher resource shared hosting. So instead of the ultra budget squeeze 100’s of sites onto each box they do restrict it. Their URL: http://www.aussiehq.com.au/

    I use their service and am very happy.

    Of course that won’t help with your ongoing oscommerce maintenance.
    You might get better advice if you expand on what needs “doing”. I personally think you would need a seriously HUGE list of changes to switch to a new platform. As regardless of how good the new platform is or the developers are there is going to be the usual teething problems with a new system. Or if you do need a new system, there will be a long development cycle in switching so you will most likely still need a PHP/OsCommerce developer during the transition.

    Is it possible that what you need is a relatively low skilled IT person to just maintain product images, product details etc – i.e. website administration. Then a on-hire based developer for changes to the code-base?
    I’ve made modules/components for oscommerce and implemented many sites (some years ago mind you) and I couldn’t imagine what needs doing to charge you 60-70k!! or I’ve been to cheap in the past.

    I’m not looking for IT work either; so this isn’t a hidden sales pitch.

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