Q. WHERE DO I START IF I WANT TO BUILD A WEB SITE?
A. It’s best to have an idea of what you want before approaching a web design firm. For starters, having a short of competing websites that are similar to your vision, or even inspire you creatively is a great place to start.
For those who are familiar with how the process works things that really speed up the process is having an SOW (scope of work). An SOW really lays the foundation for the time line and costs involved with the project by detailing all the aspects of how the site will work and what is involved in building it.
If you’re not familiar with how to create one of these documents don’t fret. We have years of experience in creating outlines and project specs for websites. Once we’re on board with you, we’ll help you decide what you need and what you don’t need for you website.
Q. HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?
A. When trying to build a website, it’s always helpful to understand how the creative and development process works before diving in.
As a customer, it’s helpful to research how the creative process works. This helps to improve the flow of communication between the client and the designer. When the client knows what to expect and what not to expect it allows the designer to focus on what’s important – the design.
The same holds true for developing a website. What many clients don’t understand is that the majority of this work is done on the back end. So showing progress can sometimes be difficult since we’re not dealing with graphics that can be easily shared and reviewed. There needs to be an agreed upon method to measure progress on your project.
Progress is best measured by setting clear goals and milestones related to the projects time line. An example of this is setting a goal to achieve a particular piece of functionality of the site. For instance, one of the first pieces we build is the framework and test area of the site. This is an important milestone in any web project and displays significant progress on the project.
Setting milestones and goals is a good way to ensure that work is in fact being done. The development team will also be happy that there are clear dead lines laid out. Believe it or not, we like deadlines.
In the end communication is everything. The better you able to understand and communicate your thoughts, inspirations, and visions to the designers and developers, the better they’ll be able to execute your ideas.