See how a structured design process could help us complete projects quicker and more effectively
It doesn’t matter if you’re building a website for the first time, or looking to upgrade your current site with new design and features. We will help you navigate through our five step web design process.
Step 1: Discovery
The first step is to gather the general details and specifications of the website. The information requested usually includes budget, timeframe, details about your business/organization, and a few competitor/peer websites you dig (or not).
During this stage, we usually set up a face-to-face meeting or phone call to go over the details and answer your questions: your vision for the site, aesthetics, functional features and most importantly, your target audience. By this point, we hope to know if we’re a good fit for each other, and to have all the information needed to move on to the next stage.
Step 2: Agreement
We will draft a formal work agreement for your particular project. The agreement will include the scope, the process and the budget for your website. You will help you choose one of our packages that best suits your needs.
If something unforeseen comes up during the project, we will discuss how it will impact the timeframe budget as early as possible. If everything looks good, we will both sign the document, and you will receive the invoice for the deposit.
Step 3: Visual Design
Our designers will produce a full prototype (or mockup) of the website in Photoshop. The prototype will have limited interactive functions but show exactly how the website will look. Client will evaluate the aesthetic and then approve the prototype for production.
Communication with our designers is crucial at stage because we can find out what works and what doesn’t. It’s much easier to fix a design flaw at this stage than after development begins. We encourage our clients to exchange ideas with us until we arrive at a final design that we’re both happy with.
Step 4: Development & Testing
During this stage, the website is translated into actual code. We will be fleshing out the design of the pages, collecting content, creating videos, setting up the staging site and verifying links and functionality.
This is usually the lengthiest stage, but we keep our client informed. You will get weekly updates on the progress of the website. At the end of development, client will be invited to test the website on the staging server for performance. This is also when the 2nd payment is due.
Step 5: Launch & Maintenance
Finally, it’s time to launch the website. This is the stage we will be prepared to address feedback from users adapting to the site. Expect to make some immediate changes to the site, such as fixing broken links, editing copy, making adjustment, and conducting compliance reviews if needed.
Websites are living, changing entities and need constant care and maintenance. It’s important to keep the website updated for security and optimal performance. We encourage our clients to sign up for our monthly retainer plans to maintain your site after your site goes live. We will take care of your site so you can focus on your business.