The first step is get the scope of the project. This means having a one-on-one discussion via phone, Skype, or face-to-face, where I ask you about your vision for the website.
The idea is for both developer and client to be as much on the same page as possible before you invest any money in the project.
Then, once the meeting is over, you’ll receive a client-catered Web Development Agreement which will provide the details for the project, the work specifications, service disclosures, list of services being implemented, and the final flat fee.
Once you’ve agreed with the Web Development Agreement and the scoping process is out of the way, then I design a graphic representation of the website’s style and structure for you to approve.
The Mockup is basically a visual blueprint for the website, and it provides you, the client, with a chance to see your vision on the screen. Starting this way allows you to make any adjustments early, before the development process begins, which saves us both time and money.
After the Mockup is agreed on, the actual website construction begins. I will build the website according to the agreed specifications in the contract and on the Mockup. Depending on the scope of the website, this process can take anywhere between 2-5 months
The testing process comes after the website is fully put together and looks shelf ready. Depending on the size and ambition of the site, small bugs and issues can remain hidden until sought out, which is why I always include this as part of the process.
Your website visitors shouldn’t have to find out the bugs for you.
Finally comes the day you’ve been waiting for. Launch day! That’s when we break a bottle of champagne over your site and make it live to the world!
Launching the site comes only after the criteria on the Web Development Agreement have been met, and all the bugs have been worked out of the site. Any additional “off-scope” work can be done at an hourly rate.