Below you will find my process for a custom design website project and what to expect when you work with me.
Before we start
A mutual agreement as to all design and technical aspects and of course, cost and scale of the project, will be done all via email communication. Payment in full is required before any design work is performed. You must have your web hosting service, Shopify account set up (if applied), domain name registration, all done and ready to send me for us to start working together.
1. Discovery: Listen, learn & research
The first phase of my process is the foundation of what comes after. We start with Q & A for me to listen to your goals and understand your business, the product or service you provide, your customer and your competition. Time spent in this stage is most critical but always worthwhile. Be ready to answer lots of questions in the Discovery phase – the more I know, the better I can serve you.
2. Design & Develop
The design work starts as soon as all the information has been provided and gathered. A design project is a collaborative one - please expect to be communicating with me daily when we work together. Because of how the web has changed we no longer create mockups with pretty pictures; instead we go straight and work with themes right from the start. All content for the site needs to be submitted before we start as they provide critical pieces to the puzzle.
During the process of design and development you will review content and progress at major milestones. Your participation/input is important as we move along; all decision makers are needed in the process to ensure everyone is on board with the progress and the direction we take.
4. Develop, Test, Launch
I start testing the site while I build it - all functionalities will be tested on both Mac and PC thoroughly as well as major mobile devices (iPad, phones, etc). Once the site is completed you will be able to test and review one last time before we make it live.
Time frame for custom web design
A custom website design project, from concept to finish, can take between 1 to 2 weeks depending on the scale of the site. If you are starting a new blog (with little content) it can be done within 2-3 business days.
Shopify website with store, takes about 2-4 weeks, depending on the scale of the site.
Website Updates and Maintenance
Rush orders (same day service) are possible for website maintenance and support, if you place your order before noon EST on weekdays.
The hourly rate is $80 USD. Please contact me with details of your website updates for a quote. Payment in full is required in advance.
To obtain a quote for your website. Questions? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.