The task of creating or re-creating a website doesn't need to be arduous. Understanding the overall development process can make it easier to keep your project on course. The workflow involves a preliminary site assessment, assembling the text and image content, approving a graphic mockup, then tweaking a beta version of the site before going public. The process is explained in more detail below.
The first step is to determine your site's needs, present and future. We identify the principal areas, determine the overall size of the site, text and media content, and discuss any features that could enhance usability such as slideshows, carousels and gliders, streaming media, YouTube and Vimeo channel setup, Facebook, Twitter and social media integration, online form handling, search and PayPal implementation.
Is a database-driven content management system like WordPress or Joomla right for you, or will a "traditional" site requiring minimal maintenance and overhead work better? Incite Design can help you weigh these options to help you determine what works best for you.
Incite Design submits a proposal based upon a determination of the amount of time required to create your site, and we agree on a project timetable.
During the pre-production phase of the site's development, we collect any text and graphic content needed, i.e., the website's assets. Existing firm brochures, flyers or other promotional material can provide a useful starting point.
What's often helpful is to take an evaluative look at websites of any peers or competitors in your field, or sites with features comparable to what you have in mind. This allows us an opportunity to evaluate online examples of website content organization as well as getting closer to a desired look and feel for your project.
In the production phase, Incite Design creates an online prototype version of your site in a beta staging area and gives you an opportunity for design and layout review. Upon approval, and following any final revisions and tweaks, your website opens to the public.
Incite Design offers optional custom server site hosting uniquely for its clients—allowing greater customization options and sparing you from time-consuming frustration dealing with outsourced tech support in typical website hosting.
Incite Design takes care of all server maintenance, security updates and troubleshooting, so your work is uninterrupted.
Incite Design can assist you with registering your website's domain name registration or transferring an existing name, and any server setup issues that can arise.
Incite Design's customized server makes domain pointing easy, affording the option of having multiple website names go to the same site at no additional charge.
In contrast to print media, a website is never a finished, done thing, but rather a flexible work in progress, with an inherent flexibility that allows for up-to-the-minute changes that can adjust to changing needs.
Incite will be there for you for any updates to your website down the line, on a contractual or hourly, as-needed basis. Incite Design has been creating a web presence for small businesses and non-profits since 1998, and looks ahead to even more exciting Web developments as technology continues to offer new options previously unavailable.