Designing a Web site is a collaborative process. Here are the steps we will follow when building your site:
- Why do you want a web site?
- What is your audience?
- What objectives do you hope to accomplish with your site?
- What colors would you like for the site?
- What do you want to communicate to your audience?
- Can you name some examples of existing sites that you like or dislike and why?
- Can you show examples of your current marketing materials, logos, pictures, etc. that you would like to incorporate into your Web site’s design
Things you may want to bring to the interview.
- Documented answers to the above questions.
- Any documentation regarding information you want on your site (e.g. business card, any promotional material, pictures, logos, etc.)
- Any electronic media copies of the above.
- Questions that you h
Step 2: The Decision
After the interview, we will either use one of our packages or calculate a custom package based on your input. If you decide to go ahead with site development, we will sign the contract that outlines the scope of the project and transfers the copyright for your site directly to you (upon payment of the final invoice). A deposit for 1/3 of the estimated cost is due at this time.
Step 3: The Proposal
We will develop a “comp,” or mock-up site for your review. You will feedback any changes required. If the scope of your project changes, an adjustment to the cost will be made at this time.
Step 4: The Agreement
Once you approve the proposed mock-up, we will start adding site content. At this point another 1/3 of the estimated cost is due.
Step 5: Providing Site Content
So that we can get started, we will ask you to provide us with all the text and graphic content for your site. It must be provided in electronic format (MS Word or basic format for text and .JPG, .GIF or .PNG, .PSD for graphics).
Step 6: Site Development
We will develop your site in the format that was agreed upon and the information you provided.
Step 7: The Demo
In about 1-2 weeks, we will provide you a rough draft demo site for your review.
Step 8: Reviewing / Testing / Proofing
As you review the demo, please let us know what you like or don’t like about it. We will work with you to make any changes so that you are completely satisfied with your site. It may also be helpful for you to have other people review your demo, especially people outside of your organization. Getting input from people with varying levels of experience with the Internet is especially useful. We will briefly proof your site, however you are ultimately responsible for proofing the content on your site.
Step 9: Approval/Final Invoice
Once your site is completed to your satisfaction, you will receive an invoice for the last 1/3 of the cost plus any additional fees such as hosting or domain name registration fees if not part of the original package. After final payment is received and processed, your site will be uploaded to your hosting server.
Step 10: Going “Live”
Once all the changes and corrections are made and you approve the design, we will post your site live on the Internet. At this time, you may want to submit your site to the major search engines and directories (Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.).We will provide assistance in doing this. We will recommend different options for registering your site. Please note that you will still be responsible for promoting your site. Depending on your site’s audience, only a small portion of your visitors may arrive from search engines. The best thing that you can do at this point is advertise your web site and find web sites that will provide a link to your site. You will receive a follow-up packet from us which will include username and passwords to access the server as well as a customer satisfaction survey and other documents
Step 11: Final Review and Feedback
During our turnover, we ask you how we did. We are continually improving our process, and want your input on how we can do that. We’ll give you a form to fill out with some specific questions, but also want you to let us know how we can improve our services at any time during or after turnover. We also want to serve you on an ongoing basis, either through site maintenance, upgrades or any other services we offer.
Step 12: Celebrate and Publicize!
Congratulations! Your new Web site will provide an effective tool to finding new clients, building relationships, and promoting your business.