What is the web design process?

Your web designer will need to know a fair amount of information to get your site up and running, but the basic timeline of how it plays out will always remain just about the same.

Step 1: Consultation

Getting to know how the client wants the site to feel; colors, photos, logos, typefaces, and functionality should all be discussed. The most important topic should be what you want your website to accomplish. Are you collecting email contacts? Selling a product? Supplying information? This is also where the client will hand off pertinent information, articles, and other general content.

Step 2: Initial Build

This first version of your website will have the look and basic functionality of the completed project. All content and webpages should be in place, and the site should be fully operational. This is when the client will run through all the pages and make notes of what may need to be adjusted.

Step 3: Revisions

There are almost always revisions, and this is where those notes from the initial build will come in handy, from small color changes or typography changes to the page title and menu orientation. Always be sure to voice your concerns at this point, as updates after will almost always cost extra money.

Step 4: Final Build

This is where revisions are addressed, and all the t’s are crossed, and i’s are dotted. A good developer will run tests on your site to ensure there are no spelling errors, dead links, or other issues that affect deployment and use.

Step 5: Site launch

Everything should be smooth sailing, phones ringing and sales confirmations hitting your inbox.