1) Here’s what I need to get started:
- Your logo (PDF, EPS or high res JPEG if possible)
- Hosting Login (hosting account and/or Cpanel login)
- Current Website Login (if currently a WordPress site)
- Images or any new pictures you’d like to use for the new site
- Brand style guide, colors or any special graphics being used
- Logins for any social media accounts you want to integrate into your site
Basecamp is an awesome online platform for communication and project management. We’ll be using this to send messages, share files and track progress during the process. This will help alleviate content and images being lost in long email threads. Everyone loves email threads…right?! (Don’t worry you can still use your email. The messages will post directly to basecamp!) Once your project is underway, you’ll receive an email to set up your basecamp profile and we’ll be off and running!
Dropbox is a great online image/file sharing platform. This isn’t necessary for every project, but if you have more than 15-20 images for your website or if they’re too big to send through email or post on basecamp, we can use dropbox. We can also use this to share important logins and credentials instead of sending through email. I will set up a folder for the project and will share the folder with you via email. You can upload all images and files there.
4) The Design Process
Designing a website, no matter how big or small, is an extensive process that can be overwhelming. I’ve outlined my process into 3 steps:
Step 1 – Layout & Design
A large and time consuming part of website design is in the layout, structure and design of the site. I’ll create a barebones wireframe of the website that will show where all the content will be placed and a homepage and one subpage for your approval.
Step 2 – Development
Once the site layout and design is approved, I’ll move forward with the designing of all pages, functionality and responsive code, making sure your site looks great and functions nicely across all devices and web browsers.
Step 3 – Revisions & Edit
There is one round of design and content changes included after you see the entire site for the first time. After that, design changes are made on an hourly basis.
5) Preparing for launch
Once the site is ready to go live, all unnecessary plugins, pages, images and backend files will be removed. The new site will be backed up and saved locally, should it ever need restored. Once live, please allow 24 – 48 hours for propagation to occur. Some computers will need to be refreshed in order to see the new site, though most computers will see the new site immediately depending on the wifi connection.