You’re not the only one that needs a website but doesn’t truly realize what you actually need to provide to a designer & developer so that your site can be created... You do everything for me ...right?
We’ll walk you through the basic steps the process will take to get your site live!
Websites are easy, right?
In the beginning questions upon questions are swirling inside your brain - “how much does a website cost” is usually first and foremost in everyone’s thoughts. However, that question is so broad it is as impossible to answer as walking into a local grocery store and asking how much their food costs. In addition to cost, other questions present themselves as well; How many pages do I need? Oh, and I want to be found first on Google. Oh, and I should have some pictures, do I need pictures? Basically, a never ending, frenzy-fed myriad of concerns bounce around without a proper direction.
Step 1: Consult with Our Developer
He will guide you through a multi-questioned interview designed to pinpoint your specific needs. You and he will determine the purpose for your website - usually much more than just a simple presence on the web. You will also establish the target audience for your website as well as your desired response from your site’s visitors. “More business” is the obvious answer to these questions, but wouldn’t it be better if your site provided you with customers that specifically need what you provide and are ready to act? This will be establshed along with the number of pages necessary for your site and by the end of the interview, all of your needs and goals will have been addressed and you will have established the foundation, or Wire Frame, of your website.
Step 2: Quote Based on Wire Frame
Now that your website has actual purpose and direction to achieve your goals our Web Development Professional will be able to generate the actual costs for you. Costs that include every step of the website’s development, design and eventual hosting.
Step 3: Content Preparation
Step 3 is easily the most daunting task for the customer. Up until this point you have felt that all the work to develop your website is on someone else’s shoulders; the web developer and the graphic designers. But this is where customers are truly caught off guard by the amount of effort they truly need to put into this project.
All content needs to come from you. Logos, pictures, contact information and text - along with whatever else directly represents your company or product. The Web Development Professional will help choose the photos for the main feature slide show on the home page and the Graphic Design Professionals will “fake in” content if needed to complete the visual design, but ultimately you will need to “fill” your website.
Ideally, the best practice is to get all information to the Graphic Design Professional at this stage of your site’s development. Working with true content insures everything will be accounted for and always makes for a better website. But it is not necessarily crucial before the next step - it is highly recommended however.
Step 4: Graphic Design
Our Graphic Design Professional will discuss if you have any specific insight or desires as to how your website will look in regard to your company’s established branding along with the visual presentation of all elements.
From there, based on the outcome of your consultation, the Wire Frame and all the content (pics and text) you provided, the Designer will add color and professional design to your website giving it an identity and bringing it to life. Proofs and changes may occur back and forth until you are 100% satisfied with the website’s visual presentation.
Step 5: Website Development
The Graphic Design Professional will transfer the master design file to the Website Developer who will translate it into website software and make it ready to “go live”. Once ready he will provide you with a link to your web-ready site for final approval. Once you are 100% satisfied the Web Developer will mount the site on the world wide web and you will be live. At that point you’ll only be left with one question.... What is this SEO I keep hearing about?