IntroductionSo, you've finally decided to get online. With the vast numbers of people online every day, and as the total number of people with Internet access increases all the time, your products and information will be available to people around the globe. This is a brief overview of the processes involved in having a professional website designed for you.
Step #1 - Making ChoicesThink about the colors you like on other websites, and the type of layouts you find attractive. Determine your favourite websites regarding design.
You may also wish to figure out the 'feel' that your website should have. Should it feel: Modern? Elegant? etc.
Decide on a domain name for your website, checking to make sure that the domain name of your choice has not already been registered. If the name of your site won't be the same as the domain name, establish that as well.
This information is helpful to us when we take your site to the design level, and will be requested later on.
Step #2 - Finding ContentYou likely already have a fairly good idea of what you want for content, but you'll need to decide for sure what you want and obtain it. This would include getting permission to use graphics, articles, etc.
The most important thing about a good website is high quality content, particularly the text, also called the 'copy'. Preparing the text in advance will likely provide a better final development.
If you already have a website, we may be able to use much of its existing content. If so, we may ask for the password and username to access your existing web server. If you are reluctant to provide us with this, you can email us the files compressed (zipped) instead. Please make sure that the files are in the same configuration (folder system) as on the server.
If you do not currently have a website, you can send us the content by either emailing it, mailing it on a CD, or mailing the documents and/or pictures for us to digitize. Conversion of most types of images and documents to web format is possible.
If you are lacking in content, we are also able to create logos and graphics, or locate them elsewhere. Please note that this takes time and will add to the total cost.
Step #3 - Deciding What's NeededYou'll need to decide how many different pages your site will require. While additional pages can be added at any time, you should launch your site with some content. (Under construction pages are not professional.) We do not recommend long scrolling pages, and our page rates are for pages up to 5 screens in length at a resolution of 800x600. Except for articles and stories, we recommend spanning large amounts of information over multiple pages for both download speed and appearance.
This is also the time to decide whether you need a search function on your website. Other features such as shopping carts, forums, and the like should also be decided on at this point.
We recommend that at this stage you request a free quote, supplying us with the required information so that we can supply you with an accurate quotation for the project.
Step #4 - Beginning the DevelopmentTo determine the future design of your website, we ask that you use our Express Proposal service, which is included for no additional charge when you design with us. This service will ask for much of the information you should have already compiled. You should also send us any other graphics or information you want on your website, preferably by email.
Step #5 - Under DevelopmentOnce receiving the initial proposal, you can request modifications until we reach a suitable and satisfactory design. The final modified proposal will become the base from which the website's pages are produced.
During this phase you will be in contact with a designer, which should correspond with you regarding the website until its completion. This is the phase when the website is developed when the text, photos, images, and programming code come together to compose the website.
When we reach key points in the development, you may wish for us to upload the website to an Internet server so that you can view it in action. Only once you are satisfied with the website will it leave this stage.
Step #6 - CompletionWhen your website has been totally developed, a hosting provider and domain name have been obtained, and the site has been uploaded and tested online, we consider your website's initial development complete. It is now time for you to promote and enjoy your new website!