Step One – Research
Please follow this link Client Questionnaire and fill in the form sections being as honest and thorough as possible.
Alternatively, you can download this document “Client Questionnaire” in Word format and complete it in your own time then email it back to me. This will help me get a better understanding of what your requirements are and allow me to give more accurate advice.
This includes client goals, target audience, detailed feature requests and as much other relevant information as you can possibly gather. This process is designed to force you to think about what you want in terms of content and design, more importantly, what your customers want.
If you would like to do some background reading which will help you come up with some ideas then please download this PDF by clicking this link “How a website can help your business”.
Step Two – Site Map
Create a site map of the website. This is how the website is split up into manageable, logical pages. This will help guide you in terms of how many pages you want and also gets you thinking about the navigation structure. This is how the pages link to each other.
Step Three – Content
Based on what you have come up with the site map it should be possible to start to put together the content for these pages. This could including pulling together any photos or videos you want to use, your logo if you have one as well as writing new content or using current content from other sources such as brochures. You may even start to think about what fonts and colours to use, if you have used any previously on other materials they should be used on the website (within reason) so all materials from you have a uniform look and feel.
Step Four – Mock Up
Create page mock-ups – The purpose of a mock-up is to place content where you want it on a page. This makes you aware of the information you are providing and focuses you on some of the design elements, but most importantly forces you to put content together for the various pages. I can advise on what content is most relevant and how to logically split the content up better to enable clearer more manageable sections.
Step Five – Build
This is where I start to build the actual website, using the agreed concept design, pulling all of your text and image content together into pages and adding functionality to create a draft website. I expect to make changes at this stage to the layout, content and even to the number of pages as part of fine tuning the design. I expect to start to compile Search Engine Optimisation from keywords and descriptions we would have gone over at this point.
Step Six – Testing
This is where I do final testing making sure that everything works correctly, such as cross-browser compatibility, links to pages work, forms function, any dynamic items such as slideshows work and all of the code validates. Once this testing phase has been completed it is time to move on to the final step.
Step Seven – Launch
This is when It’s time to publish and make the world stand up and take notice of your shiny new website; I will transfer the website to your server and setup the relevant database for you and install the website so it is viewable from your web address. I then do a final test on the website to make sure it’s working correctly in its new location. I then submit the website to the most popular search engines. Of course, I don’t just stop there, I offer post-launch maintenance, updates and other services.