Web Design Process
Questionnaire: this gives me an overview of your business, goals and what you hope to achieve as a result of working with me.
Discovery Call: after I’ve read through your answers, I’ll reach out to set up a call so we can talk in more detail and answer any questions you may have.
Project Quote: if we both feel good about working together, I’ll write up a quote which includes your project details, timeline + investment.
Design Agreement: once the quote has been accepted, I’ll write up the design agreement for us.
Client Account: I’ll get your client account set up and send you your login info + first invoice.
Branding Questionnaire: the branding questionnaire is designed to do a few things: First it helps me understand your brand on a deeper level so we can create a powerful message that resonates with your target audience. Second, it will help guide my research so we can create an effective strategy and third, it will collect the essential info I need to set up your website, SEO, analytics and any other functionality you need.
Research: once I’ve read through the answers on your branding questionnaire, I’ll do research on your industry, target audience and google analytics data (if available), so I can begin brainstorming the best design and strategy for your website. This process usually takes about 1-2 weeks.
Website Template: after I’ve completed my research, I’ll create your website strategy in the form of a Website Template to make gathering content super simple for you. The Website Template includes your page structure, the exact elements to include on each page + links and/or screenshots of other websites in your industry to give you some helpful examples.
StoryBrand Framework Guide: as a bonus, I also include a summarized version of the StoryBrand Framework + worksheet. The StoryBrand Framework explains the 7 elements of a highly effective message. This is the framework used to write great movies, plays, books and in your case, a powerful brand message that resonates with your target audience and inspires them to take action!
Strategy Consultation: once your strategy and Website Template is complete, I’ll reach out so we can schedule a call to go through everything together. I’ll share what I discovered during my research, explain my thought process and answer any questions you may have. If you have feedback or would like to make any adjustments to your strategy, you are more than welcome to share your thoughts so we can revise the plan as needed.
Google Drive Folder: I’ll set up a private Google Drive Folder where you can upload all of your website content. The GD folder includes a blank doc for each page of your website so you can easily write out your text or copy and paste it from a software of your choice. I also include a guide on how to label your images, what format they need to be in, minimum size requirements + a list of my favorite stock photo sites.
Graphic Design: If you’re working with my graphic designer, she’ll set up a call with you at this time to gather any additional info she needs to start creating your brand assets. If you prefer to work with your own graphic designer, that’s ok too. I’m a good team player! 😊
DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
Desktop Design: once all your content is ready for the site, I’ll start designing. I usually design the desktop version first although it depends on your business and target audience. This usually takes about 2-4 weeks.
Client Feedback: after the initial design is complete, we’ll set up a call to go through everything together. I’ll explain my thought process and listen to your feedback. If there are any revisions that need to be made, I’ll take note during our call and send you a preview link once complete.
Integrate Additional Functionality: once the desktop design is complete, I’ll start integrating any special plugins, apps or software you require.
Mobile Design: then I’ll work on the tablet and mobile versions and then share another preview link once complete.
Client Feedback: we can set up another call at this point to go through the mobile versions together or if all looks good, I’ll move on to testing.
Testing: once all 3 versions of the site are complete, I’ll test to make sure everything is working properly and loading correctly on different browsers and screen sizes.
Transfer Website: after we’ve confirmed everything is working properly, I’ll transfer the website over to your host.
Testing: I like to do one more round of testing here to make sure everything transferred over properly.
Foundational SEO + Analytics: this is broken up into 2 phases. A portion of the SEO can be done while I’m designing the website and the second half needs to be done once we transfer the site over to your host. I’ll finish this portion now.
Training Call: I want to make sure you’re comfortable with your new website so before you announce your launch, we’ll schedule a call so I can show you around the admin and how to make basic edits/updates on your own.
Launch: once you feel confident, it’s time to share your new website with the world and celebrate!
Post Launch Support: I include 2 weeks post-launch support should you have any questions or run into any issues after launching. Longer or ongoing support is also available.
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