Here’s an overview of what I need and my process to help guide you along before we begin.
1. What I need to get started
I will need a high-quality version of your logo. Recommended formats include: AI, PSD, EPS, or high-resolution JPEG or PNG.
An administrator login to your current WordPress site (if this is a redesign of the WordPress site).
Images & Video
Current and/or new images and videos you’d like to use on the new site. Please try to send the best quality photos you have.
Page content and any updated verbiage/information for the site. If you need help writing content, please let me know.
Brand style guide, colors, or any specific design requirements that you may have.
These items can be uploaded to your Basecamp project account or uploaded to your secure Google Drive folder.
Basecamp is an awesome online platform for communication and project management. We’ll be using this to send messages, share files, and track progress during the build. This will help alleviate content and images being lost in long email threads. Everyone loves email threads… right? (Don’t worry, you can still use your email. The messages will post directly to Basecamp!) Once your project is underway, you’ll receive an email to set up your Basecamp profile and we’ll be off and running!
3. Google Drive
Google Drive 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 Google Drive. We can also use this to share important logins and credentials instead of sending them through email. I will set up a folder for the project and will share the folder with you via email. You can upload all of your images and content here.
4. My 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:
Layout & Design
A large and time consuming part of designing a website is in the planning and layout stage of the process. I’ll create the sitemap (page and menu hierarchy) of the website for approval first, then I’ll design the home page and a subpage (or more upon request) for approval.
Build & Develop
Once the site layout and design is approved, I’ll move forward with designing all site pages and implementing all functionality and plugins. I’ll make sure you site looks great and functions nicely across all devices and web browsers before moving to the final step.
Edits & revisions
Once the site is ready for the final review, you’ll be able to review each page and we can make detailed edits until the site is ready for launch. I ask that you please review ALL pages to make sure all spelling, grammar, addresses, and other information are correct before going live.
5. Wrapping Up & Launch
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 to be restored. Once live, it may take between 24-48 hours for the new site to pull up on some devices. Your browser may need to be refreshed in order to see the new site, but most will see the new site fairly quickly after the launch.
Your website logins and credentials will be sent to you via Basecamp or through a secure email. 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 guide where you’ll receive tips and tricks on what to do with your new website and also information on my Website Care Plan, which I highly recommend for all my clients.