Let’s get this party started! It’s in the best interest of both parties to get together face-to-face and talk about the project. It’s VERY important that you come to the Discovery Meeting well prepared with a completed project brief.
Website design projects only succeed when you have clearly evaluated the scope. Ultimately, the scope determines how long the project will take and how much it will cost. Once we review your Project Brief, Asset Checklist, and any additional information gathered at the Discovery Meeting, we will send a proposal your way.
Every project we do begins with a 50% deposit. Please be prepared to pay your deposit before work begins. Why do we require a deposit? Deposits ensure both parties are invested throughout the process and it helps us weed out people who don't take our work seriously. We don't like bad apples.
We can offer an extremely expedited timeline on your project! However, if we're to be successful in meeting deadlines, it's critical that you deliver your assets upfront! To understand what is what is expected from you, please review the Asset Checklist provided in you Discovery Meeting.
The first step to website design is establishing a sitemap. A sitemap provides the foundation for any well-designed website. It helps us get a clear idea of the website’s information architecture, and it explains the relationships between the various pages and content.
We will choose 3 templates that best suit your needs. When picking a template, we consider the website’s purpose, content, and functionality. You will choose your favorite template and we will begin the “wireframing” phase, which consists of two separate stages: low-fidelity and high-fidelity.
"Wireframe" is a fancy word that basically means: A sketch of your website. It's a visual layout of what goes where on each page. Pen and paper is essential. Its more effecient to simply re-sketch the layout if something isn't right, rather than restructuring the website after the heavy lifting begins. Once you've approved the sketch, We'll recreate the wirefram in squarespace.
Styling is very straightforward. At this point, your website will have the necessary pages, structure, page layout, hierarchy, functionality, and content placement. Your site probably looks pretty bland at this point, but this is the phase where we add the finishing touches and make it aesthetically pleasing. All styling will adhere to your brand.
At this point, your site’s style has been approved and we complete a final checklist that ensures that the back-end of your website is in proper order. This includes optimizing page titles, page descriptions, slugs, H1 tags, interlinking copy, etc.
Before the big launch of your new website, we will do a “soft launch” of the website by taking a temporary cover page page live. This will help us hit our final deadline by clearing up any issues with hosting. It will also allow us to do one last round of quality control. (There are rare occasions where we need the site live to complete specific functionality.)
Now, it’s time to take it live! This is everyone’s favorite part of the web design process. Once you approve the site, we’ll take it live. Because we’re celebrating here, we recommend that the big launch be paired with some sort of press release or social media announcement. It’s possible, on rare occasions, that some very minor and unexpected kinks may need to be worked out. Just remember that web design is a fluid, ongoing process that requires constant maintenance.