Have you considered the idea of buying a software for your website? If you do, you better stop that thought. You need to be acquainted with certain tips which will help you pretty well when it comes to software shopping.
Here are five tips you can use when buying a software that fits your website:
1. Know what you need.
This is the first thing that most software buyers do forget and even neglect. All they know is that one particular software is selling like hot cake and they should buy it, too. This is a wrong mentality. Stay away from this. As a buyer, you need at all cost know very well what your website do need. Not because a software is famous you must buy it. Of course not! Ask yourself, and when you know the answer proceed to number 2.
2. List the specs.
When you already have an idea as to what your website needs, list down the specs. Be very detailed as possible. You will not go far if you do not have a user requirement document prepared. This is crucial in the success of having purchased a software that does work! If you are not that tech savvy, you could always ask advice from your programmer or an expert who can give you an intelligent advice.
3. Have your budget ready.
One thing is for sure with buying web application for website, it can be very costly. It is a must that you have your budget ready. This will serve as the ceiling amount as to how much you can afford to pay. If the price is way more than that then, do not buy it. If not, you could always have an allowance of about 20-40% out of your budget price. It will become your safety net. Just in case the software you are looking to buy is priced more than what you have set at a budget.
4. Find a software that fits.
Now that you do know what you are looking for, and have a set budget for it, the next thing you need to do is to find a software. Not just any software, but that one software which fits into the criteria you have set. There are quite a number of software companies who are selling software solutions to small online businesses. All you have to do is to search for them, see if they have what you are looking, and have a list.
5. Read reviews first before you make a purchase.
When you do have the list of companies that are selling the kind of software you are looking for, the next thing you need to do is to read the reviews. Be very careful when you are browsing on testimonials and reading them online. To back up these testimonials and to have a proof indeed they are for real, you can call up the customers. Ask them about their experience in using the software. This will save you all the hassle later on about having to make use of a software that does not work at all. It may eat some of your time, but it is definitely worth every second of it.
One thing you should remember when buying software, it is all about functionality and support. You want to make sure that the software you have purchased from a company provides you with support. Why? You just never know sooner or later, you will encounter some issues and you want them to fix right away. You want to have that assurance that the company will have a technical representative assist you.