The web design process includes many steps that affect both the visual and the back end area of a site. Here is a list of the basics that should be considered when creating a new site or overhauling an existing one.
- Initial meeting: Client and web designer meet to discuss project scope, identify goals, and generate ideas.
- Proposal: Client receives fee and time estimate for approval
- Comparables: Look for ideas from websites from similar industry, competitors.
- Targeting: Analyze target audience’s concerns and motivations.
- Content: Outline each page in the site an identify keywords for each page
- Creative Brief: Distribute an outline of project parameters.
- Wireframe: Create schematic of basic page elements
- Palette: Identify colors and images that support site message
- Layout: Distribute layout ideas for home page and sample inside page
- Reviews & Approval: Client reviews layout and communicates changes and comments. Designer reworks until approval.
- Convert approved design to working WordPress theme
- Migration: Move text and images to new site, format text and optimize images
- Forms: Build interactive forms, set notifications and confirmations.
- Specific page: 401 error (missing page), Archives, Categories
- Responsiveness: Modify theme to work on multiple devices
Review & Testing
- Check links on all pages
- Verify correct spelling
- Send out test forms
- Browser Support: Check on IE 8+, as well on Chrome, Safari, Firefox
- Check layout on different devices: tablets and smart phones
- Set up Google Places if a local business
- Add to Google+
- Link to social media
- Check page titles, meta descriptions, and page headings
- Training: Add users and train to add and edit posts and pages.
- Security: Install and activate security plugins
- Google Analytics: Schedule weekly or monthly reports
- Backups: Schedule regular backups of database and entire site