AN OVERVIEW OF THE 5 STEP DESIGN PROCESS TO HELP YOU AS WE GET STARTED!
1) What I Need To Get Started
- Your logo (PNG, PDF, or high-res JPEG)
- Hosting login (hosting account and/or cPanel login)
- Current website login (if using WordPress)
- Images or any pictures you wish to use on the new site
- Brand style guide, colors, or any special graphics being used
These items can be uploaded to your secure Dropbox folder
Plutio is an awesome online platform for communication and project management. We’ll be using this to send messages, share files, and track progress during the process. This will help alleviate content and images being lost in long email threads (everyone loves email threads, right?). Once your project is underway, you’ll receive an email invite to set up your Plutio profile and we’ll be off and running!
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 are too big to send through email or upload to Plutio, we can use Dropbox. We can also use this to share login 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.
4) The Design Process
Designing a website, big or small, is an extensive process that can be overwhelming. I’ve outlined my process into 3 three steps:
Step 1 - Layout and Design
A large and time consuming part of website design is in the layout, structure and design of the site. I’ll create the framework of the website and will send the homepage and a sub-page (or more upon request) for approval.
Step 2 - Development
Once the site layout and design is approved, I’ll move forward with the designing of all pages, functionality and responsive code, making sure your site looks great and functions nicely across all devices and web browsers.
Step 3 - Revisions and Edits
Once the site is ready for final review, you’ll be able to review each page and we can make detailed edits until the site is revised completely.
5) Wrapping Up And 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, please allow 24-48 hours for propagation to occur. Some computers will need to be refreshed in order to see the new site, though most computers will see the new site immediately depending on the wifi connection.
Your website logins and all credentials will be sent to you via Dropbox or email ensuring the security of your passwords. Though your logins and passwords will be saved locally, PLEASE SAVE ALL LOGINS FOR YOUR RECORDS AS WELL.
Upon completion, you’ll receive a link to my “moving forward” process where you’ll receive tips and tricks on marketing your new website and also information on our Maintenance/Security Plan which I highly recommend for all my clients.