Here’s an outline of the stages we go through in identifying together what your site needs, exactly what that’ll look like on screen, and all the rest – right through to putting the site live.
If you’ve any extra questions about the process, call us or email us through the contact form (the tab at the top of every page).
See our post about How much does a website cost.
Project discovery and specification
We’ll need to work with you – defining a very clear specification to work to. The quote we give you may need to be revised on conclusion of this.
There is space in the quote for clarifying this with you, as this is consultancy to define the scope of the work.
We’re usually pretty close to the mark with initial quotes, but it doesn’t beat talking to you further and meeting up to discuss your requirements.
Wireframing the content
Then we’ll work through some ideas and present you with a set of wireframes so that we can be sure we’ve got the content right before progressing to the visual design.
Wireframes are a 2D black and white storyboard of how the site will work. They help you picture the site before we build it – and identify where everything should go.
Initial design concepts
Then we’ll get on with an initial design concepts based on your material, choosing images and adding your calls to action.
We fold into this best practice in information design, usability, our own knowledge of search engine optimisation and our knowledge of the platform (e.g. WordPress).
The first designs will be of the home page and one extra page. We can then proceed to the rest on your feedback.
The rest of the designs
We’ll put the initial site designs and all subsequent pages onto a design review tool so that you can easily give feedback from within the browser.
We’ll give you a call to talk them through with you or arrange a meeting.
After your feedback on the design we’ll modify it and design the remaining page types.
On presentation of those we’ll then be ready to build the site into the content management system.
Building the site
We’ll then start the build and get the site built into WordPress. This is then a fully functioning website.
The time taken to build the site will depend on the number of pages and the complexity of the development. The more complex the site, the longer it will take to build
While we’re building all the website templates, setting up plugins and configuring options, you can get on with finalising text and image content.
Adding the site content
For most projects we recommend including one day for adding your content, either pulling the information in from your existing site or from documents and images you supply.
If we work out at the beginning that it’s going to take longer to add all the content, we’ll advise as necessary.
All images and text should be provided in the requested format to make this process as swift and accurate as possible.
We find that Dropbox is the best place to put content.
After testing and final review, we’ll set up a time for training for up to 3 members of your staff.
WordPress is very easy to use and we’ll ensure that you can then update every area of the site.
We can test the site with some of the existing content.
You can then play about with the site – yes, play with your site – so you can get comfortable with it.
When it's ready
After it’s finished, it’s ready to go live. You may want to consider a private beta version for a week or so.
That gives time for you to see the site, work through adding your own content, and pass snagging feedback to us before going live.
We have a 25 point launch check list to ensure nothing is missed.
This includes making the site secure from attack, ready for Google to index your content and take over from your existing site.
We then let you know it’s up and running and the site is live.