website development process

hiring a web developer is a big deal, and ensuring the fit between ‘us’ is important for both of us for many reasons

our process

  • INFORMATION complete the website development worksheet (see below).
  • CONSULTATION schedule a consultation for a discussion on your needs for the discovery & proposal chat.
  • DESIGN once we’ve agreed on the package have a signed contract, we’ll create a look and feel for the site, usually over the course of a week or 2 (depends on your feedback and how extensive it is).
    • this call is to help us gather enough information on the project details to put together a proposal.
    • it’s typical to ask you to nail down a few specific details before quoting a project (a lot of that is also covered in the Website Development Worksheet – which needs to be filled out prior to our consultation call).
    • we will also want you to find a few designs that you like – check out the inspirations page to see all the possibilities available.
    • other resources – if you need hosting and other design ideas: virtual partner resources page
  • DEVELOPMENT once we have received your content (you will be sent a list of what is needed). This is where we start building out your site.  You’ll then get your first peek to see how things are progressing. During the 2nd and 3rd week, we’ll continue making adjustments until you’re satisfied.
  • SOFT LAUNCH we will have the site ‘live’ and you can get feedback from your family, friends, and clients prior to announcing your new site to the world.
  • TWEAKS if you have any quick tweaking that needs to be done this is when that happens – after you get all the feedback etc.
  • LAUNCH when we launch the site, we create a series of how-to videos showing how everything works on your specific site. This is how we ensure you’re able to use everything on the backend (Dashboard) of your site.

website development worksheet

this is a quick form, so please take your time with form and process as this is your opportunity to tell me why you need a website and what the website should achieve.

  • the more information you give me here, the better the solution I will be able to provide
  • be thoughtful, these are the same questions any professional web developer should be asking you
  • ignore any questions that are not relevant (mark with an n/a)

as you page through…

  • you will tell me about your business
  • what your plans are for your website
  • who your customers are
  • what type of design concepts you have in mind – then
  • finally, you will be asked to describe what success looks like for you!
  • purpose

    This is your opportunity to tell us why you need a website and what the website should achieve. The more information you give us here, the better the solution we will be able to provide. Ignore any questions that are not relevant (MARK with N/A)
  • your information

  • business snapshot

  • be honest and we will tell you what we can and can't do
  • what are we doing?

  • give us your main reasons for needing a new website

    It's helpful to set SMART goals as it keeps all of us on the same page and moving in the same direction. IE: Goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.

    With this in mind, what are the top 5 business needs of your new website?

    EG: 20% increase in sales in 6 months, 30% increase in membership this year, reduce admin costs by 15% in 3 months
  • who are we doing this for?

  • * who are they? * how old are they? * what gender are they? * where do they hang out online? * what are their interests?
  • EG: research product information, get contact details, ask questions about services, pricing
  • design concept

  • * safe and secure * edgy and excited * exclusive and cool
  • if so, list them here so we can make sure yours is better
  • who else is competing for the attention of your ideal customer and what are they doing that you think is working?
  • * what are the urls for those sites? * tell me why you like (love those sites) * tell me what you do not like about those sites
  • what does success look like

  • * what would that have to look like? * how many website visitors? * how many leads? * how many sales? be as descriptive as you possibly can!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.