Web Design as a Workflow

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Proposal, Budget and Timeline

The initial proposal is often the cement of every web project that we take on. Simple , consistent web design is what we pride ourselves in whether we are building from scratch or
building from a theme or boilerplate template. Important factors like timelines and budgets will be discussed as well as the type of website that is needed. Websites can vary from the static
designed information based website to the cms (content management system) e-commerce based sites. Site complexity differs from the basic information only to e-commerce. It is important
to note that it takes a while to learn the new skills and if a client
is not prepared to learn these skills then a cms will be overkill.

Complete Design Strategy

Once we have a true understanding of a client’s needs we will advise on the best solution to fit our clients needs. We meet with the client and then outline a strategy and detail a proposal. A general “what it is” and “how to” is given to the client to get their overall feedback as to whether or not they wish to undertake the web design using this strategy.

Proposal, Budget and Timeline

Our formal proposal is delivered in a PDF document outlining the tasks to be undertaken and the milestones to be completed. A client will have the opportunity to reject the proposal or accept.
If rejected we will try to understand where the problem lies and if we can get around the problem or not. If accepted we will send a summary document through which will need to be filled in by
the client’s main contact person.

Main Page & Sub Pages

A mock-up or wireframe of the main page as well as the relevant sub pages will be created and sent through to the client for review. Upon review and approval we will then move on to the input and resources gathering.

First Sign Off

A sign off on these is needed before further work is carried out.

Collect data and resources

Data is collated and prepared for loading onto the new website. Any graphic media needs to be sourced and identified as to which content it must be linked to
Identify possible stop points
Any problems are identified and a solution proposed before further work can be carried out.  The real data is now added to the mockup
and the sub-pages and the necessary menus , headers and footers put in place.
Tweak and modify (round 1)
Tweak and modify (round 2)
Tweak and modify (final round)
The client signs off on these as well as balance of payment before the files are FTP’d to the live server.
Files are now transferred to the LIVE server and the project is complete.

A summary of the design process

Proposal, Budget and Timeline
Complete Design strategy
Main Page & Sub Pages review
Sign-off
Collect data and resources
Identify possible stop points
Present first versions of pages
Tweak the current version (round 1)
Tweak the current version (round 2)
Tweak the current version (final round)
Sign-off

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