1 – What we need to get started
• Your Logo (PDF, EPS or high res JPEG if possible)
• Hosting Login (hosting account and/or Cpanel login)
• Current Website Login (if currently a WordPress site)
• Images or any new pictures you’d like to use for the new site
• Brand style guide, colours or any special graphics being used
These items can be uploaded to your My Account section of our website or uploaded to your secure dropbox below.
2 – CG Computers My Account
The My Account area of our website is a online area for communication and project management. We’ll be using this to send messages, share files and track progress during the process. This will help alleviate content and images being lost in long email threads. Everyone loves email threads…right?! (Don’t worry you can still use your email. The messages will post directly to My Account!) Once your project is underway, you’ll be able to login and view your project details!
3 – Dropbox
Dropbox is a great online image/file sharing platform. This isn’t necessary for every project, but if you have more than 15-20 images for your website or if they’re too big to send through email or upload to My Account, we can use Dropbox. We can also use this to share important logins and credentials instead of sending through email. I will set up a folder for the project and will share the folder with you via email. You can upload all images and files there.
4 – The Design Process
Designing a website, no matter how big or small, is an extensive process that can be overwhelming. I’ve outlined my process into 3 steps:
Step 1 - LAYOUT & DESIGN
A large and time consuming part of website design is in the layout, structure and design of the site. I’ll create the framework of the website and will send the homepage and a sub-page (or more upon request) for approval.
Step 2 - DEVELOPMENT
Once the site layout and design is approved, I’ll move forward with the designing of all pages, functionality and responsive code, making sure your site looks great and functions nicely across all devices and web browsers.
Step 3 - REVISIONS & EDITS
Once the site is ready for final review, you’ll be able to review each page and we can make detailed edits until the site is revised completely.
5 – Wrapping Up & GOING LIVE
Once the site is ready to go live, all unnecessary plugins, pages, images and back end files will be removed. The new site will be backed up and saved locally, should it ever need to be restored. Once live, please allow 24 – 48 hours for propagation to occur. Some computers will need to be refreshed in order to see the new live site, though most computers will see the new site immediately depending on the WiFi connection.
Your website logins and all credentials will be sent to you via My Account or email ensuring the security of your passwords. Though your logins and passwords will be saved locally, PLEASE SAVE ALL LOGINS FOR YOUR RECORDS AS WELL.
Upon completion, you’ll receive a link to our “moving forward” process where you’ll receive tips and tricks on marketing your new website and also information on our Website Security & Maintenance CarePlan which I highly recommend for all our clients.