Website Design Process

So, you’re ready to update your existing website or a brand new site for your business? Let’s do IT!

 

What’s next YOU ASK?

Let me tell you!

I like to allow these projects at a minimum of one week out of the initial design process. This gives us a good amount of time for consultations, as well as for you to complete some homework for me! It’s important that if you are looking to have any additional branding done for your business, that you allow ample time to get prepared for the project as it’s not something you want to rush!

I always book a consultation call as soon as an inquiry comes through. I love this whole online business thing, but I 100% thrive better with face to face (or voice to voice) communication. There can be significant opportunities for misunderstanding when you are talking to each other versus emailing back and forth (although, great to have it all on file). This consultation is meant for us to “meet”, for me to learn about your business and what you need, and for me to explain how I can best serve you.

Following the call, I will send an invoice based on what we decide in the consultation, in turn, a 50% deposit is required (full payment is optional). The contract and deposit are required to be completed in order for the project to be scheduled on my calendar and are required to be done before the agreed upon start date. My logo design projects are generally estimated to take up to 5 weeks.

 

Your Homework

Depending on your project, I ask for you to complete the WEBSITE QUESTIONNAIRE, as well as any other files that are relevant for me to have! Easy as! These fun bits are “due” by the project start date, which is why I like booking at least one week in advance.

 

The website design process is a collaborative effort. I want you to feel like you were involved in the entire project, so that when it is complete you are excited about it, you love it, own it and share it with pride! After all, it is your business!

The Project

 

STEP 1 | Research

I like to allow these projects at a minimum of one week out of the initial design process. This gives us a good amount of time for consultations, as well as for you to complete some homework for me! It’s important that if you are looking to have additional branding done for your business, that you allow ample time to get prepared for the project as it’s not something you want to rush!

I always book a consultation call as soon as an inquiry comes through. I love this whole online business thing, but I 100% thrive better with face to face (or voice to voice) communication. There can be significant opportunities for misunderstanding when you are talking to each other versus emailing back and forth (although, great to have it all on file). This consultation is meant for us to “meet”, for me to learn about your business and what you need, and for me to explain how I can best serve you.

Following the call, I will send an invoice based on what we decide in the consultation. 100% payment is required if setting up domain names &/or hosting plans & 50% deposit is required for the website design. The contract and deposit are required to be completed in order for the project to be scheduled on my calendar and are required to be done before the agreed upon start date. My website design projects are generally estimated to take up to 6 weeks.

 

STEP 2 | Planning

The planning stage is arguably the most important, because what’s decided and mapped here sets the stage for the entire project. This is also the stage that requires your interaction.

This stage is about creating a basic layout (wireframe) of the website structure. There are two main benefits to this. Firstly, it separates the design process from UX. This means I can focus on the user journey objectively, without the distraction of colours and fonts.

 

STEP 3 | Design

The design stage typically involves moving the information outlined in the planning stage further into reality. Using your logo and branding (fonts and colours) as inspiration I will start to put together the style sheets and a visual representation. Upon completion of the design phase, the website should more or less have taken shape, but for the absence of the content and special features.

 

STEP 4 | Development

Your content (copy and imagery) will be loaded and page navigation will be linked and tested for verification and special features will be added for interactivity.

Once all done, I will send you link for revision.

This is the exciting bit! Share your ideas! I may be the designer, but you’re the business owner, and I am only one brain. If you have an idea then share away!

 

STEP 5 | Revisions

Once the copy and imagery revisions done, I’ll ensure all the links work (internal and external), your SEO is inserted (Meta Title, Meta Descriptions) and perform a checklist to ensure everything is done.

 

STEP 6 | LAUNCH

In this last step and where your final payment (if not already done so) is due. A final check over the site across various browers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, iPhone) before going live!

 

At any stage you can email me content/images, etc that you want to add to your site & an invoice will be sent to you monthly for this along with general maintenance.

READY TO GET STARTED?