Our most frequent request is for a "web site that I can Maintain myself". A web site that has an Administration page that allows you to edit content on your web site is said to have Content Management. If you are the type of business owner that likes to have control of what goes on the company web site, this type of tool is just what the doctor ordered.
Web site design is exciting! Each project is unique. Every project draws from the experiences the designer has had on previous projects. Experience always shows. Every day we walk the line between being cool and providing easy-to-find information. It is always a balancing act between form and function. Both are important. We follow the following web site creation process on most of our projects.
1. Initial free consultation
This is where we will ask you to help us understand your business and your online goals. We will ask you what your vision of your company's web site is. We may offer suggestions, but we take our cue from you.
After determining what will be involved in your web project, we will submit a bid for the work discussed in the initial consultation. Any modifications to the original proposed web site will affect the final cost of the project.
To accept our proposal, we ask for a reasonable retainer fee before beginning work.
3. Conceptual web site design
At this step in the process, we will be focusing on graphic design, color scheme and site design. The content you will see at this point is probably limited to a few paragraphs and a photograph or two. The conceptual design serves as a starting point for the final design. We will rely on you to let us know if we got the color just right or not. We will ask you if you like the fonts and graphics that we have chosen for you. If you have a logo that you want us to use, we will add it at this step.
4. Design approval
When the conceptual site design is complete and all requested changes have been made, we will ask for your final approval. It is important at this stage that you are certain there will be no major changes to the design. If there is more than one person at your company who needs to sign off on the design, that needs to be done at this point. Once we have approval we begin the process of building the site based on the design concept.
5. Web site creation
At this step, we will need to rely on you to provide the text and photos that you would like to use. We can do photography upon request.
6. Web site approval
At this point, your web site should be in excellent shape. We will ask you to carefully review it before we publish the site. There will be minor changes, but nothing major as we have simply used the text and photographs that you have given us.
7. Publish site
Let the fun begin! We will upload the site and it is live immediately. Now it is time to let this baby start working for you instead of you working on it. You probably have your Internet address on your business cards and letterhead. If you have a sign, your Internet address can be displayed on it.