Planning your Houston Website Design – A Blueprint for Success
Planning. If you have not already done so, you will want to take some time to think about what you wish to accomplish with your new website. Determine if you will need any special functionality or interactivity with your visitors; consider the type of design style which appeals to you and then let us know. When you are ready, please request your free, no-obligation website design quote.
Planning Meeting. Often times, it may be necessary to meet to discuss certain specifics of the website. We have found that most website design projects can be discussed and initiated via telephone, email, internet, Skype or any other online meeting method. This saves considerable time and resources on the part of both parties. It also enables us to discuss website design specifications in a more economical and convenient manner. On small to medium sized websites, we prefer to utilize online meeting resources. If an in-person meeting is required for small to medium sized projects, then a travel fee of $80 would be required to be paid prior to the meeting.
On larger, more complex websites, we would be happy to schedule a meeting to discuss website specifics, free of charge. Subsequent meetings should be scheduled via online methods. However, if subsequent meetings are required, a travel fee of $80 would be required to be paid prior to the meeting.
Proposal & Website Development Agreement. Once we have come to an agreement on project details and price, we will prepare a website development proposal which includes an agreement for you to review, sign and send back with your deposit.
Initial Deposit. The signed Agreement and a deposit is required before we begin your project.
STARTING THE PROJECT
Upon receipt of your deposit and Agreement, we will send you a confirmation of your deposit/Agreement and provide a list of items which will be needed from you over the course of development.
You will need to let us know the navigation links you would like (such as home, about us, services, etc) and supply all text and/or product information to be included on your site. In addition, you may also supply material such as company logo, personal photos, etc, if desired.
If you have any guide sites you would like us to refer to when designing your site or if you have any preference as to colors, style, etc please offer that information as well.
For E-Commerce sites that require us to enter products for you, we will need you to supply an Excel spread sheet listing the following: Product Name, Unique Product ID Number (if any), Product Description, Options (if any – size, color, etc), Price, Approximate Weight, Number in Stock, as well as the product photos named in correspondence with the Product ID Number on the spread sheet.
Ideally, all of the above information should be supplied prior to us getting started. If all of the information is not available at the start of the project, we will gather this information during the design process.
Custom Designed Website Mockups. We will provide two home page mockup concepts for your project. In most cases, we will be able to provide these designs within 3-5 business days following your start date. After you have reviewed the designs and decided which one you would like to use, we will continue to make modifications to the design until the final desired look is achieved. Once the final desired look is achieved, we will create the interior page layout, convert the design to HTML, add programming, etc. During this process, you will have the opportunity to review all progress being made.
In Progress Viewing. We establish a private directory for your new website on our dedicated server (or on a hidden directory on your server so that you may view the website development progress at any time. We will inform you via email when updates to the site have been made so you can review the most recent progress.
WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT PHASE
Programming, Coding, Navigation Links, Site Map. Based upon your Agreement and the final design you selected, we create as many static or dynamic pages as needed to complete your site. Navigation links or drop down menus, and rollover effects, if desired, are completed. The creation of a site map page is done which includes easy one-click access to all pages of your site.
Site Content, CSS Stylesheets. Incorporation of your logo, photos and text content is included in all projects. CSS Stylesheets are used to define font faces, styles, sizes and colors for consistency throughout the site.
Response Forms / Email Contact Forms. We always recommend at least one contact form for your visitor’s convenience. Using a contact form, a visitor can email you directly from your website without needing to open their email program. This is especially convenient if a visitor is not using their own computer when their email program is not available.
TESTING PRIOR TO LAUNCH
Search Engine Readiness Check. Meta Tags, Page Titles, Page Heading, Alt Image Tags, Link Text, and Page Body Text evaluation and adjustment where needed throughout the website. At no time can we guarantee when or where the search engines will place your website within their search results or directory.
Browser Compatibility Testing. Your website is tested on a variety of operating systems and browsers to insure proper display and functionality.
Forms / Programming. Any email contact forms and/or programming features included in your project are tested to confirm they are functioning as required.
Final Payment, Launch and Error Testing.
Website Files. After launch and testing of the website, you can be provided with a zipped archive of all website files if you so desire.
Website Instructions & Documentation. Any documentation and information pertaining to your website (domain name information, hosting information, features and software information) is supplied to you in a Website Information Document for your files and future reference.
Search Engine Submission. Hand submission and automated search engine submission occurs after launching and testing of the website.
WEBSITE WARRANTY PHASE
Minor adjustments to the website are included at no charge for up to two weeks after the website has launched (maximum of up to 3 hours labor). Minor changes include adding changing text, adding or changing photos, etc. Any major revision requests will require additional discussion and possibly incur a fee.