CONSULTATION & QUOTE
You will have a consultation with me (via communication through Upwork) that includes project objectives: Initial informal discussions – covering project objectives, technical aspects, logistics, timing and budget.
Formal meetings will take place to discuss your project in detail and clarify any technical issues including budget, timetable and corporate identity guidelines and creative goals.
After your meeting with me a quote will be provided.
Getting the right amount of details and having a clear understanding of a client’s vision and goals from the beginning is the most important factor when designing a new website or a redesign. Rounds of revisions, phases of work and testing will be conducted on an online test server. This is where the meter starts running as designers get paid for their thinking time as well as production time.
New Site Development
I create new websites with a Content Management Systems (CMS) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_management_system) such as WordPress, Shopify, Squarespace or Wix using a hosting provider such as GoDaddy, BlueHost or Network Solutions. These CMSs are managed by these companies which means they handled the back-end coding (HTML, PHP JQUARY & CSS) and updates. Once a theme is chosen by the client for the website I will make minor adjustments to the CSS style sheet to change the look (colors & fonts). I add plugins to change/enhance functionality. No hand coding is needed with these type of sites and they are extremely user and mobile friendly.
Site Redesign Development
I redesign existing sites in the same way by creating a new/beta site with a temporary domain. With existing websites, I do not work with the client’s existing web platform or hosting provider unless they already have a managed WordPress site hosted by GoDaddy, BlueHost or Network Solutions. Your new site is hosted and created either on your or my GoDaddy account. Once the new site has been approved the old website and hosting provider account is canceled (by the client).
I will email you a link to your beta site for review and you either approve the site to go live, or discuss edits/changes you’d like to make.
Following your review and feedback, I amend the website as necessary and notify you the changes have been made. Final approval is required before the site goes live.
GO LIVE & TESTING
“Beta Testing” review of website and final testing before launch of site takes place. Following your final approval the site goes live.
FINAL REVISIONS & CHANGES
After testing, up to two rounds of revisions and corrections are made. Final balance is invoiced.
HOSTING & DOMAIN TRANSFER
Once the new site has been approved, has gone live, tested and final revisions have been made; the old website and hosting provider account is canceled (by the client). The domain is then transferred to the new site.