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 Work Agreement will be provided and 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, with logins and the information ready to send me for us to start working.
1. Discovery: Listen, learn & research
The first phase of my process serves as the foundation of what comes after. It starts with plenty of exploration and research, listening to the client and the end-user, understanding the product or service, and the 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.
This is when us designers go into our “cave” and stay in solitary until we come up with some sort of magical solution - well, there is really nothing magical in the creative process. Designers like everyone else work hard to create, to inspire and in the processing be inspired by the people we work with. Normally I start designing as soon as all the information has been provided and a in-depth survey of your business is concluded.
You will be presented with 2-3 options depending on your project, and we will choose one that you prefer to modify towards the final design. Keep in mind most of the design work these days are done directly in Wordpress, meaning I might work on a demo site or directly on a chosen theme for you to actually experience the website and test functionalities during the review process, instead of looking at pretty mockup pictures of the web page. Sometimes both are provided depending on the content of your website. Two directions, two reviews with two revisions (max) are included.
4. Develop, Test, Launch
After the design approval we move on to the development stage where we turn the design concept into reality. We go through an extensive process of testing all the functionalities with all browsers on both PC and MAC before launch. If you are not yet familiar with Wordpress; I provide basic training after site launch for you to maintain your own website.
Time frame for custom web design
A custom website design project, from concept to finish, takes about 1-3 weeks, depending on the scale of the site. If you purchase a pre-made website 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 customization work of existing websites, if you place your order before noon EST on week days.
The hourly rate for tech and design support is $75. Please contact me with details of your website and the updates you need for a quote and full payment in advance is required for all maintenance work.
To obtain a quote for your website. Questions? E-mail me at email@example.com.