I’ve been building websites since 2007. In that time, I’ve worked with more than 100 clients and I’ve noticed a common trend: It can be completely overwhelming for a prospective client to try and find a reliable freelancer that suits the client’s needs.
If you’re going to work with me, I want you to know exactly what you’re getting into. I’ve found that if we both know what to expect from each other, we can move through the process efficiently and create a finished product that suits your needs and that we’re both proud to send out into the world.
I separate the process of building a website into four distinct phases – discovery, design, development and delivery.
When you initially contact me, I’ll reply and we’ll set up a phone call to discuss the project.
The first thing we’ll do is figure out exactly what your needs are and how we’ll meet them. That will allow me to define the scope of the project. If you’re not familiar, “scope” is a term that defines the work that you agree to hire me to do. It states exactly what is and is not included in the final product that will be your website.
Once we’ve agreed on exactly what work we’ll do, I have a simple contract that we’ll both sign and date. Its designed to state exactly what work we’re doing and to protect both parties.
I require 50% payment up front and 50% at the completion of the project. Once we’ve signed the contract, I’ll send an invoice for the first 50%.
The final and most important step of discovery is to sit down and create blueprints for your website.
We’ll start by defining all of the elements of your website – your homepage and interior pages along with any blog templates or page templates you’ll need. Once we’ve done that, we’ll create desktop and mobile-ready layouts based on the information and media you need your visitors to see.
By the end of this process, you’ll have a PDF document with visual blueprints for each page of your website.
We’ll use this document to guide us through the aesthetic design as well as the building of the website.
In the design phase, we’ll add aesthetics to your blueprints. You’ll see exactly what the final website will look like and have an opportunity to make necessary tweaks before I begin writing code.
This is the time when we’ll finalize your selections for the following:
- Logo design (if you need it)
- Color scheme
- Icons and other graphics
- Font selections
- Any additional media that should be included (images, videos, etc.)
- Interactive behavior (scroll behavior, hover behavior, sliders, etc.)
- Any custom functionality your site might require
Once we’ve made the appropriate design decisions, I’ll put together visual designs for your approval. You’ll have the chance to make a couple rounds of revisions. That allows us to zero in on a design that is aesthetically pleasing and optimized for conversion.
With an approved design in hand, I’ll build out your website. At this point, I’ll typically disappear for a few days while I’m writing code. You’ll have front-end access to my development server, so you’ll be able to follow along.
I start by building a WordPress theme to house the general framework of your website. From there I’ll add any necessary custom page templates or functionality. I’ll also build a custom theme options panel to allow you to manage your website as easily as possible.
The final stage of the development phase is to add your content. You’re welcome to add the content if you’d like or I can do it for you. This is something that we’ll decide in the discovery phase.
If you’ll be adding the content, I will, of course, give you any necessary access to my development server.
Note: If you’re interested in all of the technical details of the way that I build out websites, you can read more here.
When we’re done building your website and adding any necessary content, we’ll move into the delivery phase.
The first thing we’ll do is thoroughly test your website. Its always possible that some errors will slip through the cracks, but I use sophisticated tools to test your website on hundreds of browsers and devices to ensure that its as bulletproof as possible before we take it live.
Of course, you are welcomed to participate in this process if you would like to.
When we’re done testing, I’ll ask for your final approval before we take your site live.
Once I’ve received your final approval, I’ll send the invoice for the final 50% payment. You’ll need to pay that before the site goes live.
Finally, with your approval and with payment in hand, I’ll take your website live on your domain. When that’s done, I’ll make sure that you have all of the credentials you need to manage your new website along with any management instructions you’ll need.
I’m happy to spend as much time as you need answering questions and helping you get acclimated to your new digs.
You’ll also have 30 days of free maintenance from the final delivery date where I will address any issues that arise with the website. Of course, this does not include any changes to the final product or any new features.
I know this is a lot of information to digest, but, again, I want to be as transparent as possible so that you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into if you decide to…
Work with me.
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