From first contact we begin to develop your website by creating a new instance of your potential website on our laptops using a program called WAMP. WAMP is an acronym for “Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP”. This lets us develop in a completely secure environment that is free from internet caching, bots or cloning.
Give Us Your Ideas
We may want you to send us links to websites you really like as well as those you really dislike. What features of these websites you do or don’t like. This helps us ensure we avoid any designs that are too similar to either.
We especially want your website to be unique to you.
When We Create
From the time we begin working on a site to going live on the internet it usually takes about 2 weeks.
If it is a redesign of an existing site and we get the host login information and can access the existing files and domain name it all goes pretty quickly. If there is a lost password or access to the account is hard to get then it takes a little longer.
A new site requires buying a domain name and hosting. These are included in the initial purchase we quote and most of the time are bundled together in one transaction. Once the domain and host are processed then the uploading and installing can begin.
Your Content Home
When we are able to start working on the content we assemble the information for the home page. This involves deciding how you wanted the site to look. The home page is the single most important page on a website. From there all the information and photos and other content are accessible. After creating a few pages to have a menu and ability to add links to the buttons or photos used on the home page we are ready to begin putting your ideas into action.
Communication with you is essential to avoid any redesigns or our having to scrap the entire project and start over.
As we progress to other pages we repeat the use of special content like separators, buttons, etc. We decided on separators, button color defaults and other content when we set up the initial design. Avada includes a layout builder that allows global sections to be custom built which means we can create once and it carries over to all the pages. This really speeds things up and keeps consistency throughout the website. This includes the header, page title bar, page content and footer areas.
Mockups For Approval
Mockups sent to you of created content to get approval or your personalized touches will make coordinating site content with your ideas easy! This can take a few days to get right, or if we got the sense of your needs it can be close to right from the first mockup or two.
After we get the final approval from you for what we have created we will migrate the local site to the domain and host accounts.
This can take a day or two to finalize and go live on the internet. We iron out any bugs or content jumbles from the migration before we publish the site. After that it is all yours!
About Those Updates
We will continue to keep your host account and all files updated for the first 12 months. This is especially important for any security updates to prevent your site from being hacked. This incudes backups done frequently.
In that 12 months if there is any content you wish to update or make changes to we can either train you to do it, or you can email us your info to update and we will apply it to your website.
We offer further updates at a low rate if you wish to continue beyond the first 12 months that is included in the initial design.