custom web design and development
Your website is the doorway you use to invite people to your business. Make it count.
When you think about your business, whether it’s a brick and mortar location or it’s online only, you think about your customers. Your website should reflect that. Anyone can buy a template and modify it but does it really display your image, your character, your style or even ATTRACT customers? That’s where we come in. We have been doing custom web design and development for over 25 years.
Our web design process in 5 easy steps:
Step 1: Planning for your website
Our owner and project strategist will work with your subject matter experts to understand your business and your goals.
What do you need on your site? What functionality is important?
We also like to get a feel for your business personality, meaning what kind of design do we need to present to you. Is it going to be more campy or business like? As our owner says, we like to understand your vibe.
TIP: Come to the table with a list of websites you like. Doesn’t have to be in your business category. Just sites you like the look and functionality of.
Depending on the size of the project, we may need to put together a detailed requirements document before starting any other phase.
Step 2: Wireframing
Depending on your other needs whether it’s SEO or copy writing, we’ll wireframe or outline a rough plan of attack to make sure we understand placement and the important things you need on your website.
This is more of an internal process. To give our designers a direction for laying out the elements.
Most customers just want to see the design but we are HAPPY to let you look over and review it for accuracy. In some of our bigger projects, we do require that.
Step 3: We design your website
We take everything we learned from our initial planning meeting and from examples you sent and come up with a custom design for you.
You are involved through the ENTIRE PROCESS.
We like to present a homepage design first to you for approval so that we make sure that the design is heading in the right direction. We’ll either schedule a walk through meeting to explain the design and functionality or if you prefer, we’ll send a link for you to review it on your own time.
You will get 2 revisions to the design presented.
Once you feel comfortable with the homepage, we’ll add the additional pages as outlined in the statement of work.
Step 4: We begin coding
After we get your stamp of approval, we begin coding the website. We are WordPress website designers 100%. We have found that this is the most user friendly, easy to update CMS out there. We want to make sure at the end of the day, you can easily update and make changes to your website.
If we are doing a custom coded project, we’ll again use PHP to do that and make sure there is some sort of administration panel where you can make changes to the data, text or other information.
Step 5: Website launch and training
After your website is coded, we’ll get it launched to your hosting account or if you have asked us to host it, we’ll take care of that as well.
The final step in the process is training.
Patsy Gillispie, our owner, will schedule an online webinar and walk you through how easy it is to update a website built in WordPress.
We generally provide printed or online documentation as well so you can refer back to it. But don’t worry. If you get stuck or have a problem, you can just call Patsy and she’ll get you taken care of ASAP.