The Process of Website Design
Define your market. Things for you to consider first...
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When you are considering the development of a new website, there are certain things you can have decided before you ever contact a website developer. Having given thought to a number of issues first will save you money and time.
Designing a website begins with a conversation, usually covering the above points, but can include a lot of other things, too. Your designer may start your page with a pencil sketch with a few colours to show you how the page could work. You will discuss the number of pages you require and how they will link together. You will have to think about pages you can link to, and pages that will link back to you. (That is why it is called "the web.")
Around this time you would be given a price and you would either be asked to sign a contract, or you would be sent an email with the designer's expectations of you and what you can expect of your designer. You would approve that email by way of an email reply and that would constitute a contract.
After getting the clearest possible idea of what your expectations are, the designer gets to work to create a draft page..which could very well be the basis for your site. At that point, however, lots of things can still be altered. The sooner in the process that changes are made, the less costly it is for you. Once you have agreed on a design, the designer will likely ask you to send an email approving the design, even if you have done so verbally. That is normal procedure.
It is now the responsibility of the designer to create the page. And it is your responsibility to provide the content, unless otherwise agreed upon. Your designer doesn't know the sock trade like you do, so you will again save money and time if you are prepared with content for the pages you have agreed upon. Content includes good quality photographs as well, unless you have agreed that the designer will find you some. While many photos are free on the internet, you should be prepared to pay for some photographs if required. The cost can be as little as a dollar, or as much as hundreds of dollars depending on where the photograph is purchased.
Within a reasonable amount of time, your designer should be able to have your site together and working, at least in a hidden folder so that you can do the final sign off. Once you are satisfied that the terms of your agreement have been fulfilled to your satisfaction, the site can go live. And once again, you may be asked to send an email to that effect.
Once that is done, the final payment is collected, and you begin by emailing everyone on the planet..and on the next one... to come and view your new site!
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