Here’s an overview of what we need to get started.
1) WHAT WE NEED TO GET STARTED
PDF, EPS or high res JPEG or PNG if possible.
Your hosting account login and/or Cpanel username and password.
An administrator login to your current WordPress site. (if you have one up already)
IMAGES AND PICTURES
Current and/or new images and pictures you’d like to use on the new site.
Page content and any updated verbiage/information for the site.
Brand style guide, colors or any specific design requirements.
2) HOW WE CAN COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER
Nothing fancy here. Just plain old email, iMessage, or WhatsApp. If the number of images and documents being sent gets to be too much for email or a message, we can evaluate a different tool. Let’s keep it simple for now. Okay? If you prefer to communicate with encrypted email just let me know. We can then exchange public PGP keys and have confidential communication.
3) USING DROPBOX
Dropbox is a great online image/file sharing platform. This isn’t necessary for every project, but if you have more than 15-20 images for your website or if they’re too big to send through email or post on basecamp, we can use Dropbox. We can also use this to share important logins and credentials instead of sending through email. I will set up a folder for the project and will share the folder with you via email. You can upload all images and files there. All the data is encrypted in Dropbox.
4) THE DESIGN PROCESS
Designing a website, no matter how big or small, is an extensive process that can be overwhelming. To better help you understand what to expect during the design and development, I’ve outlined my process into 3 steps:
1) Layout and design
We’ll spend some time in the planning and layout stage of the process. Wherever possible I like to use high-quality pre-defined layouts for your type of business to speed up this part of the project, while maintaining a great user experience.
Once the site layout and design is approved, I’ll move forward with the designing the entire site, pages and add all functionality and plugins. We’ll make sure your site looks great and functions nicely across all devices and web browsers before moving to the final step.
3) Edits and revisions
Once the site is ready for final review, you’ll be able to review each page and we can make detailed edits until the site is revised completely. We ask that you please review ALL pages to make sure all spelling, grammar, addresses and information are correct before going live.
5) WRAPPING UP AND GOING LIVE (WOO HOO!)
Once the site is ready to go live, all unnecessary plugins, pages, images and backend files will be removed. The new site will be backed up and saved locally, should it ever need restored. Once live, it may take between 24-48 hours for the new site to pull up on some devices. Some computers will need to be refreshed in order to see the new site, though most computers will see the new site immediately depending on the wifi connection and where they are in relation to the location of server that the website is on.
Your website logins and all credentials will be sent to you via secure email insuring the security of your passwords. Though your logins and passwords will be saved by me locally, PLEASE SAVE ALL LOGINS FOR YOUR RECORDS AS WELL. Upon completion, you’ll receive a link to my “Moving Forward” page where you’ll receive tips and tricks on what to do with your new website and also information on our Maintenance/Security Plan which I highly recommend for all my clients.