Every site I build is unique; however, a few things always remain the same. Every project I work on has four main components: exploration, design, development, and testing. By following these steps, I can be sure that you’re going to get the quality product you deserve.
1. Exploring Your Goals
Before we start thinking about the details of your site, we need to explore your goals. Some of the questions we’ll consider:
- What’s message do you want to convey?
- How do you want people to feel about your site? What emotions should it evoke?
- What do you want visitors to do once they get to your site?
- Who do you want to visit your site? Who’s your audience?
Exploring your goals will make sure that you’re getting exactly what you want out of a site–and that you’re not paying for more than you need.
2. Designing the Site
Once we’ve discovered your goals, we can design a site to meet them. We have a few options here.
- If you have a strong creative vision: I’m more than happy to let you design the site for yourself. I’ll still provide feedback on web best practices, and make sure that everything is technically possible. However, you’ll hold the reigns.
- If you have some ideas, but need help: I love doing collaborative design. I’ll guide you through the design process, and together we’ll create a product that you’ll be proud of.
- Have no idea about design? I’ve got you covered; I’ll put together some mock-ups, and see what designs interest you most.
3. Developing the Site
This is where we turn your dreams into reality. When I build sites, I generally use WordPress. For a variety of reasons, including security, SEO-friendliness, and flexibility, WordPress is arguably the best CMS (Content Management System) on the web today. If you’d like to learn more about why WordPress is such a great option, check out this great article by WpBeginner.
Using WordPress, I’ll create a custom theme based on our designs. Although every WordPress site uses a theme, many people build sites using recycled themes–meaning that hundreds or even thousands of other sites also use their theme. By using a custom theme, you ensure that no site on the web will have the same unique look and feel as yours.
4. Testing the Site
Last, but certainly not least, I’ll test your site on major web browsers to make sure that things look good across platforms!
At the same time, you will review the site to make sure that everything looks good. If we come across anything that needs updating, I’ll quickly make the changes, and get the site right back to you for final review.
Once testing is complete, your site will be ready for launch!
Have more questions? Ready to get started?