Organize it, THEN Design it!
As a Santa Rosa website designer, I have learned a lot from working with clients over the years. I have seen many business owners struggle with the process of planning a website–even if they hired a web designer do the technical part for them.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably planning a website and may be wondering, “How do I pull all this together? Where do I start?” Start here. Start by organizing your project. Read this page, then download and complete this Website Project Organizer Checklist.
Websites: Lots of Pieces and Things to Consider
Web design involves a LOT of pieces and dozens of hours–for me as a web designer and usually for my clients. I know how busy you are, and understand that it may be hard to find the time to follow detailed instructions like these. Yet they are necessary if we are going to work together to build the best possible website for your business.
A good web designer should try to make the process easier for you with advice and information. That’s why I ask my clients to read and follow this organizer. However, even if you work with another Santa Rosa web designer, your project will flow more smoothly and stay on budget if you think through your site in advance and organize your materials.
This page contains a summary of what you will need to consider before your designer can begin work on your website. Depending on the type of package you have authorized, you may need to play a major role in preparing content and choosing images before your site design can get underway. If that applies, the steps that address content and images should be very helpful.
Also, please pay particular attention to the parts regarding project input and file submission. These reduce confusion for your web designer, save time for both of us and keep your project on schedule and on budget. If they are not followed, this can add significantly to the project workload, make errors more likely and impact your final billing–not to mention the quality of the work!