I was thinking how nice it would be to have a website where you can play chess and it's variants with others around the world but I don't know how much it would cost to develop or where to begin.
I would like to do it cheap, but I don't want to get ripped off. I don't know if outsourcing sites like getacoder or freelancer would produce the desired result but they are cheaper and I would like an estimate for this that uses outsourced work.
It would be browser based, and allow people to sign up and play at least one or maybe a half-dozen chess variants with others by challenging players that are online and play in real time. It would be 2-D and simple enough for older computers and smart-phones.
As an example, there is a version of chess that has a third "kngiht" which can move diagonally. This should be fairly simple to code, but other variants will have different boards and pieces and rules. I would like an estimate that allows for at least one variant such as this in addition to standard chess.
It would also include a modest subscription system that allowed extra features and would allow further development.