What are some good user rating systems

What do I need to know before contacting a web developer / development team?

I have little experience in website programming. However, I have an idea for a website that I would like to realize. It would have many of the same features that a website like TripAdvisor uses, but obviously on a smaller scale, and its main feature is a user rating system.

While it would be ideal for me to learn how to do it myself, I find it unrealistic given the complexity and time-consuming nature of the process. Hence my question is what do I need to know and understand before contacting a web development team. What questions will they ask me when I sit down to talk to them about my idea?

What are the legal restrictions on building a website that has already been done? There are a small number (2 or 3) of websites that I would do essentially the same thing with, but in my opinion I would make far more useful features available to users in a more user-friendly way.


Here's a pretty good article on questions developers would find useful. Legally, you should be fine as long as you don't make a copy near the carbon copy, use their markers, scratch their data, or whatever.

Bring some money. Lots of it. You are a customer.

Karl's list is great. I would add a couple of points:

  • Do you have a design If not, who will do it?
  • Would you like this to be done in a specific language or framework? Some companies don't care at all, others have very clear views, and some don't care much as long as it's open source and so on.
  • How many users are likely to use the website?

My suggestion is that you really sit down and think about what you want to achieve. The organizations you want to compete against have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in their business and implemented all of the features you are currently seeing on their websites.

So when I say your website is going to be just like theirs - companies that have been in this space for a very long time - except that you have more features than this, I wonder if you understand the full scope of the topics involved the development of such a solution.

It can take years to get up to speed with your competitors, and if you catch up, they may have moved on even further.

Instead, I think you need to focus on doing something that sets you apart from the competition. Ask yourself what value you can bring to the table now that your competitors cannot. Is there a market that is not served by these providers but that you might be able to help?

In my experience, if you try to do too much, you are deeply in debt and have no product that sells. If you focus on a specific target market that your competitors aren't looking for, you are more likely to be successful.

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