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:

  1. Send email to discuss Project Plan goals and ideas
  2. Develop a “Scope of Work” for your Project
  3. Establish a total price estimate for your Project
  4. Schedule Project – Pay 25% Scheduling Fee and Sign Project Contract
  5. Set Up Domain and Host (if necessary)
  6. Gather Ideas for the Design and Fill out the Creative Brief Form

Once the Project has Started:

  1. Another 25% payment at project start (50% paid in full at this point)
  2. Design various drafts for custom project and send to client to review
  3. Feedback from the client and edit design drafts as needed
  4. Code the Design into the planned Blog or Website platform. Functions added as needed
  5. Review live design with client online
  6. Install webite design on client’s domain and host
  7. Show client how to use design in a consultation
  8. Final 50% Payment Request when work is complete

After Your Design is Complete:

  1. Check to see if everything is working correctly and fix any errors present (within the first few days)
  2. Free error editing for 30 days, after 30 days additional fees are required
  3. Add optional services for website maintenance or addition design work
  4. Continue to upgrade website as needed

Helpful Tips for Your Project:

  1. Go into the project with a plan, but be prepared to make some changes based on your business branding goals.
  2. Check out other websites and make a list of what you like, and what you don’t like (colors, fonts, patterns).
  3. 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.
  4. Communicate exactly what you want, the more honest you are, the easier it will be to get the design right during the draft revisions.