I feel that it’s important to outline the steps of a healthy web design process. Just like like with any services, a customer expects a transparent set of steps to outline their project. I’ve included my web design steps in this blog, a you can check my web design portfolio to see what those sites transpired to be for my customers.
Take a look at the web design options offered and contact me to discuss what can be done to refresh or redesign your website. I will be upfront and honest about which direction you should be done and I will do my best to work within your budget and timeline.
Step 1: Getting To Know Your Business
The steps to making a great website start with getting to know your business. For a designer, seeing the physical business can be of help to understand your needs and the important parts of your business. It can also help us target specific business line-items that you want to be the focal point(s) of your website. If your business is in Seattle, King County, Snohomish County or Thurston County, we'll be happy to meet and buy you coffee. We understand that not all schedules can accommodate in-person meetings, so we can also arrange a phone, Skype or FaceTime meeting. Make sure to look at our portfolio for examples of our past work
After the details of your project are gathered, we send a quote and move to Step 2.
Step 2: Content Gathering & Planning
The second most important element to creating your website is the content. To finish your project in a timely manner, we send a questionnaire for you to complete that tells us what you want in your website.
If you haven't signed up for a monthly package with a CMS (Square Space, Wix, Wordpress, etc) or secured a domain & website template, you'll want to take care of that first. We are happy to help find the best plan & package for your needs!
You'll need to gather any images, text, business logos or link-references for your new website. Need a business logo design? We can make one for a fee! If you don't have your own images, we will find free stock images via Pexels or Unsplash for your website. You can also purchase images on Shutterstock or IStockPhoto, but we recommend showcasing authentic photos of your business to build trust with your new customers. We can provide some custom HTML or CSS code, but your website will mostly be template based. Please see your service agreement for content submission timeline requirements. Have an old website? Send us the link, we can repurpose content for your new website.
You'll value our customer service and response time to questions, and we want you to love your new website. This step will be time consuming, but will ultimately help us make your website the best we can.
Step 3: Service agreement
We send a service agreement for you to review, sign and send back to us along with a 50% deposit for the total project cost.
Step 1: Project Dashboard
We start a project dashboard via Trello were you can monitor the progress of your website design & we can request documents/feedback from you. We design a mockup of your website using the information that we've gathered before the actual designing takes place.
Step 2: Time To Design!
This is were we are heads down and working on your project. We will update you at the intervals you need, but mostly you won't hear from us until we either have a question or are ready for the review process. Check your Trello board for any project updates, as well as check your email for any questions we may have.
Step 1: Edits
This step requires your partnership and attention to detail. Once we are ready to submit the first draft of your website, we send you a link or ask you to sign in and view the website. It's important that you write back, in detail, what you want changed. We make the edits, and ask you to review once we are finished. Please see your service agreement for edit submission timeline and edit requirements. We're almost finished with your brand new website!
Step 2: Completion
Congratulations, your new website is finished! Once the editing is finished, we publish the website so that it is live for new customers to find! We submit your sitemap to Google & Bing for indexing and create a Google Business Listing for you.
NOTE: As per our SEO Best Practices, search engines often take time to index and display your website amount search results. Organic traffic from new customers will still take time to find, so we suggest looking to some of out SEO Packages to help get your website found!
Step 3: Maintenance
All of our website design packages come with 1 month of free maintenance. We will help with any index issues, send analytics reports, provide website content updates/new content updates that you need. After 1 month, please refer to our website design Maintenance package for pricing.