A website is a portal, wherein your users can gain access to. They will be able to see what is in store for them or even to the point of doing online shopping. If you are the type of a web owner who have limited knowledge about software and what to purchase to make your website more user-friendly, then you do need to have a user requirement document. This my friend will save you money and all the hassle in the future.
To give you an in depth understanding as to why you should prepare a user requirement document, read on:
1. Saves you all the hassle.
Do you know that it will entail a lot of a hassle at your end if you have a web application going wrong? This would definitely give you stress and eat up a lot of time to have it sorted out, buy another software, and wasted money for purchasing one that does not even meet up to your expectations. Preparing such document will enable you to narrow down your requirements and get the right software fitted for your website.
2. Have a software that does the job.
If there is one bad thing about purchasing software is that you are getting one out of an impulse. What does this mean? You have seen a web application being advertised so well, got positive reviews, and you want to join in the bandwagon. This is a wrong move. You have no idea whether or not such software does the job for your site. Having a user requirement document will eliminate “impulse buying” and make you a smart buyer. You are now going to get a web app that does the job and fits right to your website.
3. Users of your website will be able to use the app without any issues at all.
The only way you will know the software works is when your users are able to use it without any problems at all. If it improves the way they navigate the website, or do certain tasks, then certainly you have purchased the right web app. This would only be achievable when at the first place you are clear on what you are looking for. You know what your users need and want when they do navigate or do tasks on your website. Buck it all up through preparing a detailed user requirement.
4. Get value for what you have paid for.
Lastly, you will be able to get value for what you have paid for. You will no longer complain as you have been ripped off or have spent your money out of nothing. This would only be attributable if you have not been prepared regarding the software’s specifics. Do not get anything else out of your money. Be sure you get the value or even more of every penny you spend in purchasing a web application for your website.
Rule of thumb when it comes to preparing such document. Be as specific as possible. You should enumerate in a step-by-step process what the software needs to do and what result it suppose to deliver. In this way, it would be much easier on your end to find such software, purchase it, and have it installed.
The best part of it all, it does the job the way you have envisioned it to be. Again, the more detailed you are, the better. You will be able to save countless of hours and money by using the wrong software on your website.
Website Requirements Document