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Getting a new website can be a daunting task. Whether you are a small business, an agency, or a large company I try to keep the process as simple as possible with open communication and transparency. If you are curious about my website design and development process I encourage you to check out my six-step process below. If you’d like to discuss a project I encourage you to contact me today!
Discovery and scoping is vital so I know what your needs are and you know what my process is. I will discuss the goals of your website to understand your business and your audience and how to best achieve those goals. Additionally, we will discuss the overall scope of your project and decide if your budget aligns with the scope of your project. Also, we’ll discover if we feel like we will be a great fit to work on the project together.
Planning is a vital step in a smooth, efficient website build. Once we know we are a good fit I will begin planning the project and learning more about your business. From creating sitemaps, to discussing special functionality like eCommerce, forms, maps, memberships, custom page templates and more; we’ll get everything planned out before diving in to any design or code. During this planning phase we will also scope out a timeframe for the project.
Whether I am creating a full design to preview or designing directly in the browser, this is where your site comes to life. Not only do I create a beautiful looking site on the outside, but we ensure the underlying code behind the site is clean, efficient and done right! The ‘back-end’ of the website is always created in a way that allows you to easily modify your site without any code. You can provide feedback and guidance during the process to ensure you are getting exactly what you want and exactly what your audience needs.
SEO(Search Engine Optimization) is what gets your site ranked so people can find it. Things such as compelling, keyword-rich copy, proper use of heading and sub-headings, SEO-friendly images, clean code, Google Map embeds and more are all taken care of during the build, but there much more to SEO! We will work together on additional SEO items such as title tags, meta descriptions, setting up SSL, ensuring site speed is optimized and more, all to make sure your site will rank well. Additionally, this is the “Final Review” stage where you give any final feedback and edits prior to deployment.
Deployment is an exciting time! It is time to take all of our hard work and push the site live. During deployment I will handle migrating your website to your hosting provider or I will push it live on my hosting. I will ensure all links work properly, all images are showing up correctly, DNS is properly pointed and SSL is configured properly. We’ll do one final run-through of the site across all browsers and device sized to ensure everything is pixel-perfect.
After your site is live, it is important to keep your site up-to-date. This includes all plugins, themes and WordPress itself. I always encourage clients to check out my website care plans so they don’t have to worry about it. If I built the site, I am confident I can keep it running smoothly for you 24/7/365.