Design and development process
Every client is different and so every website I design is bespoke. The following steps are a general guide which I have found, through experience, to be the best way to deliver to my clients exactly what they want and what they need.
Design and development key stages
1: Initial consultation
Over the phone, by Skype or by email, we will discuss your business needs. I will get an understanding of your business and what you wish to achieve with your website. If you are local we can arrange a face to face visit.
2: Discovery and analysis
Here we will brainstorm the finer points. We will talk about your corporate image, target market, functionality and strategy, and what features you will need. Ultimately the goal will be to lay down a specification within your budget. At this point I will be able to provide a quote of how much the project will cost.
I will begin work on the design, layout and structure of the site. The project will be placed on a testing server so we can both view and examine the initial concept. Your feedback here will be critical and will be the driving force of the progress to ensure we are both in-tune with what needs to be done.
This where the concept is turned into a prototype, I will be working on the back end stuff like databases, scripts and applications, all the stuff that makes your website work. Once these systems are in place, we will test them for bugs and ensure they meet good web standards. At this point we sometimes discover things that we have overlooked and further review and refinement will be needed.
This is when your website is ready to go live, we thoroughly test everything and look for typos!
Now that your website is live we must implement marketing strategies. I will talk you through some very important tools to monitor your websites performance and teach you how to understand the analysis. Your website will be submitted to the major search engines - Google, Bing and Yahoo - and we will start any additional strategies like newsletters, emails and social networking.
It is important to keep the content of your website fresh and up to date - this is a very important factor search engines take into consideration. If I built a CMS for your website then you will be able to do this by yourself. Any minor tweaks and changes you feel need applying will be done free of charge up to a month after the website has launched, after this time I can work on an hourly wage.
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