Want to develop a question-answer portal where the quest of all the question-askers can be quenched. But got no idea how much bucks it would cost you?
To give a rough estimate, it can cost you a major chunk of your lifetime. Was not expecting this answer? It is true, because a platform like Quora cannot be developed in a definite span of time. It needs lots of persistence, hard work, patience, and experience to keep improvising the platform that gives a platform the final shape like Quora.
The cost of the basic functionality like quora is between $35,000 and $70,000, For detail estimation get in touch.
What is Quora?
It is a question answer portal where anyone who is registered with the platform can ask the other members any question related to any niche. The members are usually the experienced professionals or social beings that advise the best of possible.
Let us see why how Quora matters in our lives?
- Quora has 300 million monthly active users
- 43/57 female-to-male ratio
- Mobile traffic makes up 3/4 of visits
- 35% of Americans use Quora
- B2B companies are leveraging Quora Ads
- 65% of Quora users have a college degree
- Quora users are 37% more likely to be in a management position
- Adults spend 2x as much time on Quora as LinkedIn
- Businesses using Quora Ads have seen up to 4x more conversions
- Quora has a higher concentration of adult users than other popular publishers
- 63% of Quora’s visits come from online searches
- Users spend on average 4:11 minutes on Quora
- 5% of Quora users are 25 to 34 years old
- There are over 400,000 topics available on Quora
- Quora is now reported to be worth $2 Billion
- 27% of Marketersplan to invest more in Quora Ads for 2020
Trademark Features of Quora
Some of the trademark features of the quora are;
- Seamless Design
The simplicity in a design is the most difficult thing to achieve. The apple phone looks chic, simple, elegant, and intuitive, but a lot of technology and complexity lies underneath to make it appear this simple from outside. Try to hide the complexity of the website with the help of a simple design. Simplicity also includes the easy navigation.
- User Profile
Each user on the Quora carries a user profile. This profile has a headshot of the users, basic education, employment experience and the badges (special experiences) to answer few questions.
- Push Notification
The push notification is used to notify the users of the answers they were looking for, a new question arises from their area of expertise, someone else has also replied the question they’ve already replied, someone replied to their answer, and many more.
This features enables the question-asker to see how many people viewed his question. Once a question is answered, people become also able to see the views on each answer. Views are nothing, but the quantification of the readers who have read the question or answer.
The users can follow other users they think contain valuable information and can advise them on certain areas.
The people of same interest areas are grouped together in a virtual group named “space”. A Fashion space will have only questions from the fashion and lifestyle, the technology will have only questions from technology.
Technology Stack of Quora
The technology stack needed to build the edifice of the platform like quora the two types of technology are needed.
- Front-end Technology
The front-end technology is the technology used to build the interface/ layout screens of the platform. These technologies are also used to design/ develop, and test the screens that are visible to the users. Users interact with these screens through the buttons, and other features. The technologies used for the front-end development of a platform like quora are;
- HTML 5
- Angular JS
- IOS & android
- React JS
- Back-end Technology
On the other hand, the back-end technology is the technology that is sued to develop out the functionalities on the front-end. These technologies are majorly used to rigorously code-out the features and functions of the back-end technology.
- Node JS
- .Net Core
- My SQL
Best Development Approach for Quora like Platform
Step1 – Requirement Gathering
This step includes gathering the requirements you want your app to deliver to you. Deeply analyze the idea and how these ideas can be translated into functionalities. Check the feasibility of these ideasgetting translating into features or functionalities. Now, prepare the project plan optimization. It costs around $0-$600 during the planning phase depending upon the availability of the tools dispensable for planning.
The secret ingredient in the perfect recipe of Instagram is the smooth and seamless experience which comes from the smooth UI and UX design. It includes two phases 1) UX Modeling 2) HLD & Documentation. The phases in this step include preparation of the flowcharts and sketches of the user needs and functionalities. Prepare the information architecture design. Prepare the sitemaps too. Sitemaps are the maps that are used to represent the specific pages of the website and navigate the client through these pages.
The wireframes are the floor plan of the project into which the design and content flow, that could be sketched or annotated diagrams. It costs around $0-$1000 for this step.
STEP 3 – UI Design
Third step is to build the User Interface design. The UX/ UI team needs to determine the UI strategy first of all. This strategy includes building a strategy that should facilitate the user interface experience. Incorporate art direction, storyboarding, and moodboard creation in making the full UI design.
The UI design must specify the location of the content and video player on the page. It costs around $0-$1500 for this step.
STEP 4- Agile Development
Nowadays, agile development is preferred. This is a quick and team based software development. Project Manager and technical lead should create milestone, paln the sprint, conduct scrum meetings, and show the sprint demos to make the development really quick and impeccable.
The knowledge of following languages is necessary;
- Database OLTP to maintain relational DBMS
- Data warehouse (OLAP)
Moreover, other persons required during the development process along with the developers are tool developers, mobile device application, web application, API developers and authenticators, etc.
The major chunk of the cost is spent here with an estimation of about $1500-$4000 here.
Content Support: The Quora like websites need a well-established content management system to facilitate the users with the Meta data of the questions being answered on the site.
STEP 5- Testing and Launching
The test codes and user test scenarios are written down by the quality and assurance team and the testers perform automated or manual testing to check the functionality of the app. The bugs are removed by the developers after which the product is launched.
Usually, minimum viable product with least features is developed and released. This is called beta-version. After the bugs are reported, the app is updated accordingly.