Build vs. Buy Calculator
You could build a forms back-end yourself. But does it make sense to?
As developers, we often look at tools and services that are available and think "I could build that myself". And maybe you could! But should you?
If you have very specific requirements, then there may be a case for building something yourself. If, however, the argument is about costs, it rarely makes sense unless you value your time at $0.
If you build it, you'll need a server, database and storage.
Infrastructure costs are based on the smallest available Droplet, database and storage tiers from DigitalOcean and correct as at April 2020
Then you'll need to maintain it.
|Assume just the minimum - security patching...||$25/mo|
That's a total cost of $50/mo
...and that's before you factor in the cost of actually building it!
Let's assume it will take 4 weeks and we can outsource to a low cost location
|That's a total cost of||$4,000|
Developer/Administrator costs based on an roles advertised on UpWork. Prices correct as at April 2020