The first step in any web design project is to gather the customer requirements. No two projects are the same, so it’s important to run through a full conversation to make sure we understand what our clients want.
We are experts at understanding your needs, as well as suggesting additional features and functionality that may help you to add value to your website.
This phase of the project is arguably the most important as it helps us to understand the end goal, and minimises the need for modifications at the later stages of the project.
The planning phase allows us to formulate a set of plans for the project. We will spend some time evaluating the requirements, and will choose an appropriate set of solutions that will work together to form a cohesive, well built end result.
Each project will have a distinct set of functionality, and it’s important that each solution works well together, and supports such things as Search Engine Optimisation, acceptable performance and a usable user interface.
We will typically create a sitemap and page navigation hierarchy, before proceeding to draft out what content will appear on each page and section.
The design phase is where we combine your brief with our planning investigations and start to design your website. Generally, we will take inspiration from your branding to decide on a colour palette, although if you’ve provided any specific guidance, we’ll use that too.
This is obviously our favourite phase in all of our projects – the bit where we can get our hands dirty! The development phase is where we actually start the process of creating your new website, integrating any third-party services we’ve deemed to be suitable, and producing a tangible end product.
Throughout the development stage of your project, we will keep you updated with our progress to ensure that we are on the right path. If we have any questions for you, we make sure to ask them as soon as they crop up to ensure that delays in delivery are minimal.
Once your new website is ready, we’ll need to migrate it from our Development server to the Production server. This may be your own hosting server, or we can host the site, your domain name(s) and your email accounts for you.
The migration process is a painless process – all we need is the credentials to access your hosting control panel.
Once the site is live, there are usually a few minor changes we need to make to ensure that any relevant licences are switched over from the DEV site url to your PRODUCTION url, making that search engines can index your content and setting up Google Webmaster Tools / Analytics where you’ve instructed us to do so.
After this, you’ll be wanting some training on how to manage your website too. We can provide training in person or remotely, either in pre-recorded video form or via a live screen sharing session – we’ll let you choose. We are also working on an online learning platform where you can access some tutorials on a range of subject concerning the management of your WordPress website.