After you've completed our website worksheet, we'll start the process with either a phone consultation or meeting to uncover what exactly it is you need with your new website. I'll use this information to understand your project needs and deliver a detailed proposal to you.
After our discussion, and some competitive research, I will send you my proposal for your consideration.
If we're all in agreement I require a retainer and a signed agreement to schedule your project.
Once the proposal is accepted all additional work, redesign on any level and “after thoughts” are considered additional work and will be billed accordingly or scheduled after the initial project.
In order to start the design process you'll have some homework to do! I'll will need ALL of your materials for the website such as:
- Page content (verbiage, text - you get it) as per the sitemap we've done. I will need ALL of your content before I begin the design phase
- Photos - if you have custom photos you want me to use in the design you'll need to send them to me and I'll get you details of what format and size I'll need.
- Logo files - I'll need your logo in a vector (scalable) format. NOT a .jpg or .gif.
- If we are building a web store for you we will need the following information:
- Product descriptions, weight & cost
- Shipping methods and carriers
- Shipping rates – flat rate, scale or by weight (the latter is required by most carriers if you are going to allow shipping tracking)
- Tax rates
- What credit cards you accept, payment gateway account info if not using PayPal
Once I have all the information I need, I'll build a visual sitemap, which is similar to an org chart. This will help make sure we are all on the same page about what content is needed and the best way to structure the information.
Most of us are visual people. So the next step is for me to create a graphic mockup of how the site will look and feel.
I'll want and need your input on the look and feel of your site during this phase. You will have up to 3 sets of minor design revisions if needed.
After each change you'll get new mock-ups to view. Once you’re happy with the look, we'll have you sign off on the design. After you sign off on the design no changes can be made to the artwork without additional charges being incurred.
The Development Phase
Now I'll got to work for a few weeks building your site on a development server. You'll get a link so you can see how your new site is coming along while keeping your current site live (if you have one). You'll get emails of updates so you can view the site during the build out. During this phase we'll be . . .
- Setting upWordPress
- Coding the design into a template
- Creating the pages, and add the content you've provided, format it etc.
- Installing and setting up all the add-on plugins & extensions to get the functionality you need
- Work on the basic search engine optimization aspects
Wrapping up and Testing
Now it's time to test your site on different browsers, computers and operating systems. I'll make sure to install any software upgrades that have been released before we go live.
Ready to Launch!
Your site is published for the world to see! You can now start advertising your site, telling friends; business acquaintances. And publish your print material.
There are a few things I have to do after the site goes live, such as setting up Google Analytics, creating and submitting an XML site map to Google.
All of my projects come with a training session to teach you how to maintain your sites's content. In addition, you'll have Video tutorials and a User Manual provided for 3 months at no additional charge. They are always available for all my Site Care clients.
That’s it! Well, almost . . .
We won't leave you after the launch. Your shiny new website needs needs love and TLC. We provide 30 days of bug fixes and software updates, this does not include design changes or content changes.
It's important that your website remain healthy and safe for your users. Check out my WordPress maintenance plans here.