26 Feb 2010
04 Sep 2012
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We are considering migrating our site from 3.7 to 5.1 or 5.2 to be able to take advantage of the mobile site module. We used a Sitefinity "partner" developer to design our site for us on the 3.7 platform initially and we got an estimate from them to do our migration to the latest version and build a mobile site for us. The current 3.7 site has 108 pages, 3 templates (all very similar), and 1 custom module, which allows us to add 5-10 text items and upload an image to pre-formatted list pages from within the modules section of Sitefinity. They estimate the migration labor time to be 60 hours. They are estimating the mobile site template design (with templates optimized for 3 mobile platforms) at another 60 hours, and another 30 hours to design 10 pages using the new mobile templates.
Based on your experiences migrating sites from 3.7 to 5.x and creating mobile site templates, do these estimates seem reasonable or unreasonable? What kind of hourly rate is reasonable for a professional Sitefinity partner developer that does good quality work? Is the migration something that could be accomplished by a casual IIS and SQL admin (an IT generalist who doesn't necessarily live and breathe ASP.Net and SiteFinity day-in and day-out)?
Thanks for any feedback.