Websites always begin with an initial chat, usually over the phone or Skype, to make sure we’re a good fit for working together. Once this is established we move over to email where I’ll send a summary of what we talked about, a quote and any relevant documents and useful links.
Once I’ve received all the website copy and images/videos I’ll start to plan the site architecture – this involves how many pages there will be, what information will go on which page and what the menu structure for the site will be.
There’s then the technical setup – registering the domain, pairing it with hosting, adding SSL Certificates and email accounts, naming the site and formatting the general settings. Once this is done I rename, resize and compress the images and videos to ensure the site performs well on search engines and that the site doesn’t lag.
Next comes the fun bit – design and development. I usually start with the internal pages, often choosing the ‘About Us’ or ‘Contact’ page. The design elements used in this page will then set the tone and theme of the site. Often the Home Page is the last one I build. This is because information often gets added to the site throughout the build and this will influence the design and layout of the Home Page.
This stage can take anything from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. It all depends on whether the content gets changed throughout the build. If all the content stays the same as originally submitted then the site is quick to build.
Once the site is built it is in its first draft format. I send a video walk through of the website and invite feedback. All changes from the feedback are then made and the functionality of the site is tested to ensure buttons are working/shop elements display properly etc. When everything’s been tested and the site gets signed off it goes live. Then it’s back to the beginning for my next project!