WordPress Website Design2017-04-15T09:51:56-07:00

Web Design Process

 

Plan, design, develop and deliver a stunning new website.

Here’s what you can expect when we work together.

 

  1. Once you approve your website proposal, you’ll sign the contract and pay the deposit.
  2. Next you’ll select and pay for a hosting package. I’ll walk you through your options so no need to worry. Then I’ll set up your account, create a database (if needed) and I’ll install the latest version of the WordPress.
  3. You’ll provide your logo, images, text content, and videos.
  4. I’ll begin the customization and design of your site. I’ll email reviews for input and/or any questions. For organizational purposes and clarity, it is important to respond to my email questions promptly and on the same email thread with the subject line intact.
  5. You’ll provide content, edited and and ready for publication. Depending on the amount of content, you’ll either send via email, a shared Google Doc, or Google Drive.
  6. Your site will be tested for functionality on an Apple computer, a Windows computer, an Android Tablet, an iPad, an iPhone, and a Nexus phone, as well as the major current and recently past browsers, ensuring the widest audience will view your new website with no errors.
  7. When all is ready, and we are both satisfied with the results, I will publish the site and make it available to the world. Your final payment is due and expected at the time site goes live. At this time, I will help you get acquainted with using the WordPress Administration area (the dashboard) to make edits to the website by yourself.

    I’ll also provide you with a complimentary set of professionally produced how-to videos accessible right within your dashboard, or if you’d like further training, you can hire my personalized assistance.
  8. You will be able to add, edit and delete pages on your own, but if you discover some changes that you don’t feel up to tackling, or are just too complicated to deal with, I will be here for you. You can contact me any time to discuss your needs or to request changes or additions to your website.
Planning Your Website

 

  1. Before we start working together, take your time to get a good sense of what you will want your website to convey. Think about the person who will be visiting your site and talk to them about what they want to know. Start thinking about features and functionality you’d like to have on your site.
  2. Your site will welcome clients into your brand experience and should convey all the wonderful things you do and at the same time it should set an emotional atmosphere.
  3. If you need help determining how to express your brand, I highly recommend contacting Tami Dawn with The Dawning Point. She specializes in bringing out the best in you and your brand.
  4. Develop an outline of your website. An outline shows your main pages as well as subordinate pages. An outline will also help determine the total number of pages needed.Here’s an example of an outline for a 6 page website:

    • Home
    • About Us
    • Services
      • Service 1
      • Service 2
    • Contact Us
  5. Collect examples of websites and features you especially like. You’ll want your site to be original and to express the uniqueness of your business but you can get ideas for color schemes, type of navigation (across the top or down the left hand side), and your preference in general layouts.
  6. Fill out as completely as you can, the Website Design Questionnaire. Once I’ve received your questionnaire, I’ll provide an estimate on what it will cost to design according to your specifications.
  7. Read over my Terms of Service carefully.
  8. As soon as you’ve made a deposit via the payment page, you’ll be in the work queue
Preparation for your website

 

  1. If you haven’t already purchased a domain name, you can go here to check domain name availability.
  2. While you are there, sign up for the WordPress Web Hosting Services and Register your domain name. GoDaddy is the hosting company I use for my own website hosting and domain name registration and I like their 24/7 phone tech support a lot.
  3. Go Daddy will help you to set up your registration. Once you are set up, you’ll email your username and password to me.
  4. Finish writing the content for each of your website’s pages. This is what usually takes clients the longest time and will drive the project’s overall cycletime – so it’s advisable to get a head start while you’re waiting in my work queue.
  5. If you need help with writing your website copy or conveying your brand personality, let me know and I’ll refer you to people I trust with the process.
Responsive Website Design

 

  1. Next up is our Pre-Design Consultation. When your time in the queue is up and I’m ready to start work on your website, we’ll schedule a phone consultation and review all of the information you’ve sent in detail. I’ll typically give you a week of forewarning that your time is coming. If you are not ready to start, they I’ll move you back one place in the queue as mentioned in my terms and policies.
  2. At this juncture, we’ll discuss WordPress theme options. You are welcome to use which ever one you prefer, however the theme I recommend most highly is ThemeFusion Avada theme. In addition to their popularity as the #1 selling theme (which means it’s highly supported down the road for you), they have a very wide variety of design options and it looks great on all devices without much modification, hence it’s less expensive for you in the long run to have customized.
  3. I first develop the framework of your site including all pages and plugins you’ll be using. I then set up your site’s security and back up setting, as well as your contact form for visitors to email you directly from your site. We’ll pick fonts for your content, and we’ll finalize your graphics.
  4. I’ll then ask for you to send me your feedback and what you want changed. It usually takes several revisions to get a final mock-up that clients find acceptable, so don’t be shy about giving feedback. It’s important you get a website that looks and feels like you want it to.
  5. Now that the pages are made, we need to add content to them. Content means things like text and images. Sometimes client have created their content ahead of time (when they made their outlines), and sometimes they create it on-the-fly. As I receive content, I add it to the pages.
Finalizing Your New Website

 

  1. Polish, Polish, Polish. In this phase we both go over and over the website, making small adjustments to structure or content, until you say we’re done.
  2. I’ll also do extensive testing to make sure your website looks beautiful and is fully responsive accross a wide range of browsers, plus various platforms like laptop & desktops, as well as tablets & smartphones.
  3. It’s time to open your doors! Once you say we’re done, I do my final pre-launch work, including sending you an invoice for the balance of the project and once paid, I will officially announce your website’s debut to the search engines. I’ll also send you an email with a list of tips (and homework) for new website owners.
Website Maintenance

 

Now that your website is completed, it enters the maintenance phase.
 

(Click here to read about website maintenance services).
 

I don’t have any maintenance contracts, so simply email me with details of your desired changes.