Designing a website happens in stages. It’s a process of drafts and edits until it becomes exactly what you want in the final design. Every project is a little different, but this outline will give you a general idea of how your project will flow once it has started:
Before The Project Starts:
- Send email to discuss Project Plan goals and ideas
- Develop a “Scope of Work” for your Project
- Establish a total price estimate for your Project
- Schedule Project – Pay 25% Scheduling Fee and Sign Project Contract
- Set Up Domain and Host (if necessary)
- Gather Ideas for the Design and Fill out the Creative Brief Form
Once the Project has Started:
- Another 25% payment at project start (50% paid in full at this point)
- Design various drafts for custom project and send to client to review
- Feedback from the client and edit design drafts as needed
- Code the Design into the planned Blog or Website platform. Functions added as needed
- Review live design with client online
- Install webite design on client’s domain and host
- Show client how to use design in a consultation
- Final 50% Payment Request when work is complete
After Your Design is Complete:
- Check to see if everything is working correctly and fix any errors present (within the first few days)
- Free error editing for 30 days, after 30 days additional fees are required
- Add optional services for website maintenance or addition design work
- Continue to upgrade website as needed
Helpful Tips for Your Project:
- Go into the project with a plan, but be prepared to make some changes based on your business branding goals.
- Check out other websites and make a list of what you like, and what you don’t like (colors, fonts, patterns).
- When you receive the design drafts, show them to a few friends who have critical eyes; they may be able to see something you don’t.
- Communicate exactly what you want, the more honest you are, the easier it will be to get the design right during the draft revisions.