Five-Phase Website Development
The Web Site Design and Development Process
Phase 1: Discovery & Planning
Competitive Website Evaluation – An in-depth look at the top performing websites in your category for the purpose of establishing goals, benchmarks and potential new features.
Keyword Analysis – Optimization recommendations to be implemented in design.
Creative Brief – A creative blueprint for the website including goals, mandatories and tone for the creative work developed.
Sitemap - Lists proposed pages and structures the internal linking of the site.
Phase 2: Creative Messaging & Design
Key Messages – Creative copy and content messaging based on keywords to be used throughout the website.
Web Page Designs – Grids developed for Home, Product, About and Contact pages.
Web Style Guide - Details how fonts, colors and grids for the website should be used.
Aggregate Images – Organization of all site images provided by client and procurement of stock images via one of 50 Getty libraries.
Creative Approval - Client reviews/approves design, copy, and graphic elements.
Phase 3: Development
Server Set-Up - A test server is used so that the site can be viewed during construction, simplifying the detection of glitches/anomalies prior to taking the site live.
Programming of Design – Programming of the design and creation of custom style sheets that facilitate the functions of the website on a WordPress platform.
Responsive Design – A site that is structured to be used on everything from large screens to mobile devices.
Contact / Lead Forms - Development of a contact module that stores information in a database, forwards it to the client and maintains the data for follow-up.
HTML5 Animation - Creation and integration of custom animation in an HTML5 format, unless an alternate format is requested by the client.
Installation of Analytic Code - Insertion of analytic code on every page of the site in order to track visitors and other data. Also, the creation of goal pages that allow the client to easily view what traffic is converting into customer leads and sales.
Phase 4: Review
Browser Check and Edits to ensure functionality on IE, Fox, Chrome, Safari, Mobile.
Internal Linking Review – An evaluation and testing of all links on the individual site pages to confirm that they correctly interface with all other internal pages.
Meta / H-tag Check - An intense check of each and every META description, and H1, H2, and H3 tags to ensure consistency.
Spelling / Grammar Check – Both an electronic and manual, in-depth spelling and grammar check on every page of the site.
Final Approval - Final client approval of the site.
Phase 5: Launch
Domain Handling - Working with domain DNS records, the agency points the client's URL to the correct server housing the new or revised website.
Transfer of Site Files - If the site's test server is not its final hosting location, a transfer of files to the correct server and post-transfer testing will be implemented.
CMS Training – A training session on the CMS (content management system) teaching how to alter and format content within the website will be made available to the client-specified web manager by the agency.