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Step 4: Contract
If the price is acceptable and you are ready to start, I will prepare my standard design contract.
The proposal, signed contract and the start-up fee will get us started on the initial design mockup for your site.
These are ONLY images of the sites appearance. There is no interactive functionality.
Step 5: Site Content
You will be required to provide us with all textual content and photographs, unless you have hired us for copy writing services.
It is a good idea for you to get all your content ready while I am working on your mockup, as I will need it in order to complete the site once the template is created.
Collecting Your Materials
All copy in digital format only, electronic brochures, print brochures, digital images and photographs or scans… the more you can provide me with the better.
Note: Keep in mind that all content is protected by copyright law and it is not legal for you to use "borrowed" text or pictures without first obtaining permission from their rightful owners.
Step 6: Initial Layout
An initial concept for the design of your web pages is created based on information you gave me in your web design worksheet and initial consultation. You will be given the opportunity to make revisions to the initial layout before I commence the site.
I endeavor to avoid mis-communication and false expectations. If you do not understand the smallest of points at this step, request clarification. In order for the design process to move forward in a productive manner, we need to have an absolutely clear, mutual understanding.
At ANY time please contact me about any concerns, questions or comments you have about your project.
a] Mockup Sites and Sample Layouts
I will produce some mock-up sites for you to critique and discuss. This is to determine exactly what you're looking for in terms of design, layout and functionality.
Your feedback is essential in the design process.
b] Site Architecture
Navigation is one of the most important parts of your site. Site architecture is established at this point to insure your visitors don't get lost on your site. We use text links, graphic menus and buttons with rollovers to accomplish this.
c] Establishing Project Design / Look & Feel
Based on your feedback from the mockup site, the design parameters for your site will be finalized.
d] Establishing Site Layout and Navigation
Based on your feedback from the mockup site, and the volume and variety of the component content pages required for your site, the site layout will be established.
This will be the stage where Navigation and Functionality are determined.
e] Working with Materials
Image re-sizing and optimization, color sampling, page weight & image use and similar tasks are all done during the design phase.
f] Home Page
The Web site is built, starting with your Home Page, the main page. Only on completion and signed-off approval, do I move on.
Site optimization for the search engines is commenced at this time.
g] Content Pages
These pages, based upon the approved layout and design, are now worked on until completion.
Forms and Flash animation, if required are now added to your site at this time. These portions of the project are out-sourced.
Step 7: Web Site Completion
Once the site is complete, you will be given the opportunity to go through it and prepare a "punch out" list noting any errors or omissions that need to be corrected.
This is not the time to make major changes to navigation or design, this is what step 6 is used for.
Step 8: Web Site Launch
Once the site is complete and we have received your final approval, we will bill you for the balance due on the project. The final site will be launched and pages will be submitted to search engines.
Please note that the web design contract does not include any fees associated with search engine submissions.
Web Site Completion, Testing and Debugging
To test the site, we publish it to the internet so that it is now “Live”.
This is the only way to test your site for optimal performance. Also it is the only way to discover, anomalies, problems and glitches.
At this time you will be invited to start browsing through it yourself. To evaluate and offer comment
Although your site is live, the possibility of any one finding it is remote. So there is very little chance of your site being viewed while it is being cleaned-up.
Once the clean-up is completed
You can now start advertising your site, telling friends, business acquaintances and publish print material. You will be shown how to submit your site to search engines, a VERY easy process. But time consuming
Or a consultant can do it for you - your call.
I can have your site registerd with any of the major domain extensions including .com .net .org .biz .info .tv .ws .cc .us and .bz.
Full Service Web Site Maintenance
Some people want nothing to do with maintaining their own site. That's fine with me! Thats what your service provider is for - do it all for you. E-mail them with changes and updates and they can implement them. Website maintenance is billed in quarter hour increments. The pricing guidelines will be supplied to you, or you can request a quote.
Associated Services - Costs BEYOND the Design Parameter.
- Web Hosting
- Monthly Back-ups
- Search Engine Submission (if this was ordered)
Search Engine Optimization
During the planning process of you web site goals, we work with you to determine a few important keyword phrases that people might use to search for your business. Then we assist you in developing content that is optimized for those keyword phrases. Every page will contain appropriate titles, meta tags and content for those phrases. We make sure that all of your images have alt tags and that your code is valid HTML.
This has to be outsourced, and I will deal when it ever occurs
Conceptual Graphics - Pre-Design Stage
Product / Industrial Design Processes
Image Manipulation. Image Retouching. Digital Art