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Frequently
Asked Questions

General

How much does software development cost?

It’s a broad range, and probably not that useful because the software can mean anything from a calculator
on your phone to a full enterprise billing system that supports millions of users. No two custom-built
applications are the same.
The costing of what you want to build depends on a range of factors which can be the Size of project and
Number of features, Third Party Integrations, Design Complexity, Development Process etc.
Many projects are developed with a fixed scope and waterfall model which is fine but it is challenging when
projects are larger in nature.

How do we choose the right tech architecture?

That is not an easy answer, and like many other answers related to software development, it depends.
We picture your project as a set of different Modules, each module can vary in complexity and requirements.
Therefore each module can have a proper architecture that best suits it. Despite that, we have to think about architecture as living beings, so they will adapt and change during the project.
Choosing a design for the whole system up front usually is not the best idea. We would recommend you to picture your system as this set of modules and start to choose a design that best addresses each module
needs, always favoring simplicity.

How is AICE different from other online talent marketplaces, local agencies, and software consulting companies?

Freelance marketplaces can help you get in touch with thousands of developers. They provide transparent access to devs but you have to vet candidates and take care of everything. These platforms do not provide a guarantee of delivery and results.
Tech agencies and software consultancies follow outdated engagement and execution models.

The teams and devs hired through them don’t integrate with your team well. Transparency and collaboration are lacking.
We started AICE with the goal of bringing assurance, certainty, and transparency in the software development services space. Most of our competitors provide Transactional services. You post a gig, they match you up with a developer and you take it from there. We aren’t a transactional service.

What if you do not have a project specifications written out?

Whether your project is at the early ideation stage or you have all features drawn out, our tech consultation team works with you to prepare a detailed tech solution and execution plan. We are huge believers in high output management and everything we suggest from tech architecture to talent skill set will focus on getting results and speeding up the time to market.

What do our detailed tech solution and project execution plan include?

Our detailed technical consultation consists of things like tech challenges of the project, what tech stack to use to solve those challenges.
Project’s technological execution roadmap brings all the pieces together to show how your project will come to life. Based on your project goals we help you define processes and delivery roadmap that suits your needs. It also includes a detailed hiring plan that includes details on what skill set and experience your team needs to have.
Tech architecture solution includes things like how features will be implemented with what technology and framework. It will also include things like algorithms and cloud integrations will be required to build your IP and build the tech engine.

We can do this because we have experience in delivering 100s of large scale complex systems. We know that there are many moving pieces in terms of technical know-how, experience, tight deadlines, unforeseen risks, and development challenges.

Do you need to be tech-savvy to cooperate with us and order a software application?

You certainly do not have to be a software development expert, that’s what we’re here for. We welcome your experience in that matter if you happen to have any, but are prepared to guide you through the whole
process and explain everything. We’ll focus on your needs and deliver what you require. Even the people with the least technical know-how find working with us very easy.

Software
Development

How much does software development cost?

It’s a broad range, and probably not that useful because the software can mean anything from a calculator
on your phone to a full enterprise billing system that supports millions of users. No two custom-built
applications are the same.
The costing of what you want to build depends on a range of factors which can be the Size of project and
Number of features, Third Party Integrations, Design Complexity, Development Process etc.
Many projects are developed with a fixed scope and waterfall model which is fine but it is challenging when
projects are larger in nature.

How do we choose the right tech architecture?

That is not an easy answer, and like many other answers related to software development, it depends.
We picture your project as a set of different Modules, each module can vary in complexity and requirements.
Therefore each module can have a proper architecture that best suits it. Despite that, we have to think about architecture as living beings, so they will adapt and change during the project.
Choosing a design for the whole system up front usually is not the best idea. We would recommend you to picture your system as this set of modules and start to choose a design that best addresses each module
needs, always favoring simplicity.

How is AICE different from other online talent marketplaces, local agencies, and software consulting companies?

Freelance marketplaces can help you get in touch with thousands of developers. They provide transparent access to devs but you have to vet candidates and take care of everything. These platforms do not provide a guarantee of delivery and results.
Tech agencies and software consultancies follow outdated engagement and execution models.

The teams and devs hired through them don’t integrate with your team well. Transparency and collaboration are lacking.
We started AICE with the goal of bringing assurance, certainty, and transparency in the software development services space. Most of our competitors provide Transactional services. You post a gig, they match you up with a developer and you take it from there. We aren’t a transactional service.

What if you do not have a project specifications written out?

Whether your project is at the early ideation stage or you have all features drawn out, our tech consultation team works with you to prepare a detailed tech solution and execution plan. We are huge believers in high output management and everything we suggest from tech architecture to talent skill set will focus on getting results and speeding up the time to market.

What do our detailed tech solution and project execution plan include?

Our detailed technical consultation consists of things like tech challenges of the project, what tech stack to use to solve those challenges.
Project’s technological execution roadmap brings all the pieces together to show how your project will come to life. Based on your project goals we help you define processes and delivery roadmap that suits your needs. It also includes a detailed hiring plan that includes details on what skill set and experience your team needs to have.
Tech architecture solution includes things like how features will be implemented with what technology and framework. It will also include things like algorithms and cloud integrations will be required to build your IP and build the tech engine.

We can do this because we have experience in delivering 100s of large scale complex systems. We know that there are many moving pieces in terms of technical know-how, experience, tight deadlines, unforeseen risks, and development challenges.

Do you need to be tech-savvy to cooperate with us and order a software application?

You certainly do not have to be a software development expert, that’s what we’re here for. We welcome your experience in that matter if you happen to have any, but are prepared to guide you through the whole
process and explain everything. We’ll focus on your needs and deliver what you require. Even the people with the least technical know-how find working with us very easy.

Website Application Development

How long does a new website usually take to create?

Generally speaking for a basic website, we can usually have the website up and running live within 1-2 business days. This is just a guide and depending on the complexity of the project it can take upto 2-3 months or even more.

Can you host your site yourself if you have a fast connection?

You could, but it’s not recommended.
First of all, most ISPs do not let you use your Internet connection for Web hosting. Doing so may result in the termination of your account.
Second, Web hosting is not without its headaches. You must make sure your system is secure so that no one can hack into it. Your computer must be on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You alone will be
responsible for keeping it up to date.
Third, think of performance. Most Web hosts use powerful servers with a lot of RAM and high performance hard drives. Furthermore, they have multiple Internet connections and speeds far greater than what residential DSL or cable service can provide.
Lastly, there are support issues. If something goes wrong, it will be your job to fix it. You will not have a professional to correct the problem.

What happens to your old website during the design process and after?

Your old website will stay online while we create your new one so there is no downtime. Once you’ve had a chance to view your new website design, your revisions are completed, and you’re ready to go live, we’ll point your domain name to our server and your new website will go online. Your old website will remain on your old hosting server (it will not be publicly visible or accessible), so if you ever choose to cancel your subscription with us, you have the ability to revert back to your old website. However, keep in mind you’ll need to continue paying for hosting from your previous hosting company in order to maintain your old website.

Mobile Application Development

How much does Mobile Application cost?

App conceptualization & development depends on many factors. We use smart pricing matrix to offer quick & accurate quote based on similar work done in the past.

Supported by effective development process & project management, we assure the best pricing in the industry

Can you deliver the app on a deadline?

Of course we can! We delegate several skilled resources for critical projects to match the deadline. 95% of our projects get completed on schedule.

Will your idea work?

Absolutely! We do our best to match your ideas by demonstrating Proof-of-Concept for your evaluation before going big. We’re sure you will not regret by hiring us.

You have a mobile website, do you need a Mobile App?

Yes, you need a mobile app to take your business to the next level. Mobile apps can help you Reach Out to Larger Audience, Improve Customer Engagement, Cultivate Customer Loyalty, Create Direct Marketing Channel, Build Brand & Recognition, which Boosts your Sales in addition to personalized user experiences.

How do we design Mobile Apps?

Even the most visually amazing app can and will fail to perform well on the app store if it’s not intuitive and lacks usability.

As a user, you would want to open an app and feel like you already intuitively know everything — where to click next, what actions to perform, how to jump to a particular place, etc.The second you get stuck, you give up and go try another app. Sounds familiar?

So what do we do to make sure this doesn’t happen to the potential users you just spent so much time researching? We do UX.

What is UX Design?

UX is the process of creating products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users. This involves the design of the entire process of acquiring and integrating the product, including aspects of branding, design, usability, and function — The Interaction Design Foundation

UX design is an ongoing process. With each update, you should consider the way people are using your app. If an update makes the accessibility of your app complex or increases the number of taps to the users’ destination, you’re heading off course and it’s time to correct.

What is UX Design?

UX is the process of creating products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users. This involves the design of the entire process of acquiring and integrating the product, including aspects of branding, design, usability, and function — The Interaction Design
Foundation. UX design is an ongoing process. With each update, you should consider the way people are using your app. If an update makes the accessibility of your app complex or increases the number of taps to the users’ destination, you’re heading off course and it’s time to correct.

Domains

What is a domain name?

A domain name is a system for assigning ‘addresses’ to internet web servers. It is somewhat like a sign-post directing traffic to the individual space where your website is located on a hosting server. Websites and Emails have files which are held on a hosting server. Your domain name directs traffic to where this is located. In other words, for your emails to function and for your website to be visible online, you need a domain name to be registered.

Who supplies domain names?

Domain names are administered by companies, such as ours, operating a domain name registry. These registries operate underneath parent ‘registrars’ for providing domains to end users. There are specific sets of rules and processes around how domains operate to which we all must abide and cannot be bypassed or amended by us or anyone else.

When you register domain names, do you need to make use of them immediately?

No. It’s your choice as to when you establish a site after you get your web address. When you’re ready to use your web name, instead of starting on what can be a very time-consuming search for a suitable web host, you’ll find you can buy world class email hosting and obtain web hosting services at very reasonable prices right here in Pakistan through our service. By buying hosting from us, you can keep all your Internet presence services under the one virtual roof.

 

If you buy domain registration with us, can you host your website with another hosting company?

Yes – you get full control over your new web domain as it will be registered to you or your business or organisation. However, bear in mind we’re not just a Pakistani registrar. If you’re looking to purchase hosting services, check our web hosting packages; which can save you time in searching for a web host and having to buy those services elsewhere. You’ll find our packages are very competitive and offer an excellent range of features. If you do choose to obtain hosting elsewhere, we will delegate your domain at no cost; i.e. “point” the domain name to your selected web host.

What does it actually mean to 'buy a domain name'. Will you own it?

While the term ‘buy’ is commonly used, it’s not completely correct. When you purchase registration for domain names, either through us or another service, you are buying the rights to use a web address for a certain period and you are licensed by the  registry to do so. Think of acquisition more along the lines of leasing rather than outright purchasing.

What should you consider when looking for and choosing your domain names?

While purchasing internet domain name registration isn’t complex, there are a few important points to check before starting your new website address search and when choosing a web name, depending on how you wish to use it. For example, whether you’re buying for business vs. personal applications or Pakistan vs. international purposes will help guide the type of name you should get.

Which domain extensions do we offer?
There are thousands of domain extensions. we are offering the most widely used ones here but if youd like something that is not included above you can write to us on chat or through the contact form on this website or by emailing us on the address mentioned on the contact page and send us you desired domain name and extension and we will try to get it for you.

Which domain extensions do we offer?

There are thousands of domain extensions. We are offering the most widely used ones here but if you would like something that is not included above you can write to us on chat or through the contact form on this website or by emailing us on the address mentioned on the contact page and send us you desired domain name and extension and we will try to get it for you.

Management

How much does your website management services cost?

Our website management services vary in price depending on the size, features, and support you need. If you simply need someone to manage your current website, take a look at our services. It’s a great option if you like your current website, but would like it to be professionally managed and updated.
If you need a new website, design, ongoing management, hosting, and the whole package all-in-one, view our packages. They offer everything you need to get started and keep growing. If you have any questions or want a quote on custom website maintenance services, please contact us. We’re happy to listen and chat
about your unique thoughts and needs and will provide you with a custom quotation.

Apart from monthly website management services do we also offer one time custom changes?

Yes. If you don’t need website management services and just need custom website changes, we can help.
We offer traditional website quotes and custom estimates. We also offer flat-rate buy out prices for each of our website management plans. That means we can give you a custom quote or offer you a flat rate price for set features.

Hosting

What Is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is the service of storing data that keeps websites up and running for users. Every single website that is online has a host server, and almost all use a web host to manage that storage. Not all web hosts provide the same level of quality, though. Uptime, and data speed and quantity of transfer are the best measures of a host’s success.

What is shared web hosting?

A shared web hosting service is an agreement whereby each user gets a certain portion of total available resources. Multiple domains are hosted by the same server, which means that the server’s capabilities are split between multiple domains. This means that these websites will not experience as robust of performance as a website that has a dedicated server applying all of its resources solely to one website.

Do you have to change your domain if you get a new host?

No. As long as the domain is registered in your name, you can simply update your name servers to point to your new host.

Can you host your site yourself if you have a fast connection?

You could, but it’s not recommended.
First of all, most ISPs do not let you use your Internet connection for Web hosting. Doing so may result in the termination of your account. Second, Web hosting is not without its headaches. You must make sure your system is secure
so that no one can hack into it. Your computer must be on 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You alone will be responsible for keeping it up to date.
Third, think of performance. Most Web hosts use powerful servers with a lot of RAM and high performance hard drives. Furthermore, they have multiple Internet connections and speeds far greater than what residential DSL or cable service can provide.
Lastly, there are support issues. If something goes wrong, it will be your job to fix it. You will not have a professional to correct the problem.

Why shouldn’t you just go with a very cheap hosting provider?

Although our prices are very low compared to our competitors but still, sometimes you’ll find Web hosting deals that seem too good to be true. There are discount hosting services that offer low prices but keep these things in mind:
● Some hosts try to limit their customers’ activity through their Terms of Service (TOS) or
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Be sure to thoroughly review both documents before
signing up with a host.
● Some hosts skimp on overall performance and bandwidth in order to keep rates low.
● Low prices often mean little support. Do not expect to receive an answer to your
questions right away if you are paying less for web hosting.

SEO

What does SEO stand for?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. You engage in SEO when you attempt to get a page to rank higher in a search engine’s SERPs (search engine results pages), with the ultimate goal being to increase organic (unpaid) traffic to that page.

Is SEO dead?

As fun as it is to say, no: SEO is not dead. SEO is still a vital part of online marketing; and unless the way we search for content changes drastically, it will be for a long time. Businesses looking for immediate leads and conversions may neglect SEO in favor of more direct, targeted approaches like paid search and paid social; but businesses that invest in SEO are investing in the long term. SEO is cost-efficient, casts a wide net, and allows potential prospects to discover your brand on their own terms.

What are SEO backlinks?

Think about it this way: the internet is made up of two things—content, and links between content. When search engines first started indexing web pages, they needed a way to determine which pages were most relevant to certain queries—a system of ranking. The quality and number of backlinks pointing to a page immediately became a factor in determining that page’s rank. Backlinks represent a vote of confidence from one site to another. The more quality backlinks your page earns, the more valuable it is in the eyes of the search engine, and the more likely it is to achieve a high ranking.

What can SEO do for your business?

If online marketing is an important part of your business (and, to be frank, it should be!) then SEO can be a serious asset. It costs nothing to do a little keyword research, come up with a content strategy, and regularly practice external and internal link building. And while SEO may not return immediate, tangible conversions, it is a pivotal part of driving organic traffic; and driving organic traffic is a pivotal part of building brand awareness and familiarity. If your audience can rely on you to deliver relevant, high-quality resources at the top of the SERP, they’ll be that much closer to purchasing your product!

ASO

What is App Store Optimization?

App Store Optimization (ASO) is known by a few names, including App Store Marketing and Mobile App SEO.

The focus of ASO is expert resource application related to improving the ranking of mobile applications (apps) directly within app stores (like iTunes, Google Play, and Windows Store). The main mobile phones that apps are created for iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows Phone.

The goal of ASO is nearly always app downloads, but supplemental goals can include:

  • Increased brand exposure.
  • Positive app reviews and ratings.
  • Audience engagement.
  • Additional marketing channel diversification.

 

Are you considering how to justify an investment in ASO?

Well, you should know that app store users and app downloads are growing fast!
When compared to the decline of social media growth over the past few months, plus the increase in mobile device use globally, ASO may be the tactic you need to prioritize

 

How does the App Store algorithm work?

First – the category or top chart ranking algorithm (free, paid and grossing) is much simpler than the keyword ranking algorithm. App category ranks improve with more downloads (free or paid) or more revenue from purchases (grossing). While the exact calculation in terms of installs or purchases volume to rank is unknown and varies between categories (e.g. photos and video vs weather), but it is logarithmic (i.e. moving from rank 1000 to 500 is much easier than from moving from 10 to 5) and the most important factors are installs or purchases. Apps will first achieve a rank in their category or sub-category (e.g. #1500 entertainment apps), followed by their country (e.g. #1500 in the country overall).

The initial factor of the keyword ranking algorithm is whether an app is relevant for that keyword or not. Without being relevant, you app is even eligible to show up (i.e. Facebook is the most popular app but only shows for a certain set of relevant keywords).

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