The web design process is more complex than many people think, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and interesting too. At Nilzon Designs, we have developed a simple process by which we plan, design, and produce a website.
1. The Initial Consultation
These meetings usually take place over the telephone, and take about a half hour. They are free and without obligation.
This quick fact finding mission and exchange of information is meant to help us decide if we are a good match for each other in terms of your web design needs. We can usually provide you with a rough estimate of costs at the end of this discussion.
2. Proposal / Estimate Preparation
Congratulations! You’ve chosen Nilzon Designs to help you design and build your website. For a more accurate estimate, we need more detailed information. If you already have a company logo or company brochure this is usually a great place for the design process to begin. If not, we’ll start together from square one. We also ask that you complete our Website Development Form, which we will send you by email.
Armed with your completed Website Development Form and any collateral materials you supply, we’ll prepare a proposal for your website project including a cost estimate.
3. Signing of Agreement / Deposit
Nilzon Designs prepares a contract including a detailed description of the planned website and the final cost of design, development and any other services you have requested.
Upon signing the contract, 50% of the total estimated cost is due. We then start the design process. When the design has been approved, we request 25% of the project fee, and the remaining balance when the site is complete and ready to launch.
4. Content Gathering
Any text content, graphics and photos that you wish to be included on the site should be submitted to Nilzon Designs via email attachment unless photos need to be scanned.
5. Page Layout Drafts
Once the graphics are in our studio, page layout and visual design begins. We take your ideas, concepts, photos and logo and produce two custom designed web page mock-ups for you. Then we’ll work with you to refine your chosen design. What you get is a beautifully designed website that is uniquely yours.
6. Coding of Actual Pages
The approved page design is now used as the template for your site and additional pages are developed. Text and graphic content is added and adjusted for a perfect layout.
7. Site Testing
The site is thoroughly tested on a wide variety of web browsers and environments to ensure functionality, usability and quality. While your site is still on our staging server, you’ll have another chance to review it for any minor changes or corrections.
8. Site Launch
When the website is complete and all pages have been approved, final payment is due. Once payment has been received, the website is uploaded to your hosting server of choice and is “live”.
9. Ongoing Maintenance
Nilzon Designs is pleased to handle your ongoing maintenance. We charge $100 per hour for updates and maintenance and can usually have your requests completed within 1-2 business days.
Would you like to get started today? Call us and we’ll set up a time to talk about your website needs.