Potential new web clients might be new at understanding how a Lakeland web design works. As the service provider, it is your responsibility to carefully guide them through the process of designing a website. Since the design of their business’ website can make or break their newest venture, it is their interest to see how the process goes. This will also show your expertise, authority, and credibility in the field of web design.
Step 1: Discover
The first step is doing a thorough research of what the company goals are, who it is marketing to, and what could set it apart from its competitors. It’s the ultimate information-gathering and the web designer will need to work closely with the business owners to get an idea of what they want the website to be.
Step 2: Plan
There are three things a web designer must do when planning the design of a website: create an SEO strategy, create the sitemap for the website, and review existing content (if there’s a website already) or make plans to create fresh content. All of these must be made before the actual design starts.
Step 3: Design
Using the information you gathered in Steps 1 and 2, you can now create a mockup of the website on Adobe Photoshop. Some designers are also the web’s developers. Some are not. In either of these cases, design with the intention of translating the design to code. Every shape and element of your design must have a purpose that will appeal to the business’ clients. This step must be coordinated with the client and the developer.
Step 4: Develop
In this stage, the design will be translated to code. This is a long process, so designers and developers need to update clients as they go along the coding. They can send a message or a report stating what was done that week, how the site looks like now, and what will be done tomorrow. This is a critical part of the whole process because the wrong coding will not translate to the design that the client wants. It is important to test and re-test the mockup site.
Step 5: Launch
Finally, it is time to launch the website. Here’s the thing: don’t launch it to the public just yet. Once it goes live, the designers and the developers must be the first ones to see the site. This will give them the time to review the website and find out if there are any discrepancies from the original design.
Step 6: Maintain
Website maintenance is often overlooked. However, if you want your Lakeland web design to work its magic, you need to keep up with trends, update plugins, run anti-virus programs, and analyze web reports.