Getting StartedHere's an overview of what we need and a process overview to help guide you along before we begin!
1) What we need to get started
PDF, EPS or high res JPEG or PNG if possible.
Your hosting account login and/or Cpanel username and password.
An administrator login to your current WordPress site. (if this is a redesign of the WordPress site)
Images & Pictures
Current and/or new images and pictures you’d like to use on the new site.
Page content and any updated verbiage/information for the site (separated by page). If this is a re-design and your content isn’t changing, this step can be skipped.
Brand style guide, colors or any specific design requirements.
Web Design Questionnaire
If you haven’t filled it out already, please go to the following link and complete our Web Design Questionnaire. We don’t require all the fields to be filled out, but please try to be as complete as possible, as this will help us get a true understanding for your project and goals.
These items can be sent via email, or via your secure Dropbox folder.
Dropbox is a great online image/file sharing platform. This isn’t necessary for every project, but if you have more than 15-20 images for your website or if they’re too big to send through email or post on basecamp, we can use dropbox. We can also use this to share important logins and credentials instead of sending through email. I will set up a folder for the project and will share the folder with you via email. You can upload all images and files there.
3) The design process
Designing a website, no matter how big or small, is an extensive process that can be overwhelming. To better help you understand what to expect during the design and development, we’ve outlined my process into 3 steps:
1) Discovery and Consultation
A large part of designing a website is in the planning and consultation process. Some of this takes place in our initial conversations, but once your project is finalized, we’ll work with you to finalize your goals for the site, and ensure that each page of the new site is set up to help you achieve those goals. We’ll go over the page/menu structure as well as discuss your inspiration sites (3 sites you like, 3 sites you don’t like) to ensure that everyone has a good understanding of the look, functionality, and purpose of each page of your site.
In order for us to proceed to the 2nd step of this process, we must have received all of the content that you want used. In order to avoid unnecessesary additional work and edits, the design process (step 2) does not commence until we have received the copy (text) and imagery that you want incorporated on each page of the site.
2) Design and Development
Once we have received all the content for your site and feel that we have a good understanding for the look/style and functionality that you need to be implemented, we will begin working on the customized layout of the site and the design of the homepage. The site layout will include color schemes, branding elements, logo, the header, sidebar (if applicable), and the footer, and a basic set up of the included pages that we are designing. Once the design is completed, we will send you a link to the development site for your feedback.
3) Edits & Revisions
Once the site is ready for your review, we’ll send you a link to the development page. You’ll be able to review each page and make a list of any and all changes that you want to be made, organized/separated by each page of the site. Depending on the package that you purchased, you will have 1 or more rounds of edits included. Please make sure you are as thorough as possible,reviewing ALL pages to make sure all spelling, grammar, addresses and information are correct, and include any/all changes/corrections in your feedback email. Once your included rounds of edits have been completed, additional edits can be made if necessary, but they will be billed at our hourly rate. Once the site is approved, any final balances will be due, and then we will proceed to set your awesome new website live!
4) Wrapping Up & GOING LIVE!
Once the site is ready to go live, all unnecessary plugins, pages, images and backend files will be removed. The new site will be backed up and saved locally, should it ever need restored. Once live, it may take between 24-48 hours for the new site to pull up on some devices. Your browser may need to be refreshed in order to see the new site and though most will see the new site fairly quickly after the launch.
Your website logins and all credentials will be sent to you via secure email. Though your logins and passwords will be saved by me locally, PLEASE SAVE ALL LOGINS FOR YOUR RECORDS AS WELL. Upon completion, you’ll receive a link to my “moving forward” page where you’ll receive tips and tricks on what to do with your new website and also information on our Maintenance/Security Plan which I highly recommend for all my clients.
If you have any questions, feel free to call or email and if you haven’t had a chance to, please fill out our: