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Getting Started

What’s Needed to Get Started?

Your Logo

AI, PDF, EPS design files preferred. If unavailable, high resolution PNG.

Hosting Credentials

Your hosting account login and/or Cpanel username and password.

WordPress Login

Your admin login to your existing WordPress site (if applicable).

Photography

Headshots and lifestyle photography you’d like to use on the new site.

Content

Page content and any updated verbiage or information you’d like to include on your site.

Style Guide

Brand style guide, colors and any other specific design requirements (if applicable).

I’ll be sending you a link to your your basecamp project account, where these items can be uploaded to. If you prefer, they can also be uploaded to a shared google drive folder, or a secure dropbox folder.

Working in Basecamp

Basecamp is a great online platform for project management and communicating in one place for the most efficient project workflows. We will be using this to message eachother, share files and track our progress during the design process. Using Basecamp for all correspondence and file sharing will help prevent content and imagery getting lost in arduous email threads (Don’t worry you can still use your email. The messages will post directly to basecamp!). Once we get started on your project, you’ll receive an email to set up your free basecamp profile and we’ll be off and running!

 

DropBox and Google Drive

Dropbox and Google Drive are also useful online image and content file sharing platforms. Although, these platforms aren’t necessary for every project, if you have more than 15-20 images for your website or if they’re too big to send through email or post on basecamp, we can use one of these file sharing platforms instead. We can also use these to share important login credentials instead of sending via email. I’ll set up a folder for the project in your preferred file sharing platform and share the folder with you so you can begin uploading all imagery and files there.

 

The Design Process

Designing a website, whether big or small, is an extensive process that can be overwhelming. To help you understand what to expect during the design and development, I’ve outlined my process in 3 steps:

 

Layout & Design

A large and time consuming part of designing a website is in the planning and layout stage of the process. I’ll create the sitemap (Page/Menu hierarchy) of the website for approval first, then I’ll design the home page and a sub page (or more upon request) for approval.

Development

Once the site layout and design is approved, I’ll move forward with the designing the entire site, pages and add all functionality and plugins. We’ll make sure your site looks great and functions nicely across all devices and web browsers before moving to the final step.

Edits & Revisions

Once the site is ready for final review, you’ll be able to review each page and we can make detailed edits until the site is revised completely. We ask that you please review ALL pages to make sure all spelling, grammar, addresses and information are correct before going live.

Wrapping Up The Project and Going Live 

Once the site is ready to go live, all unnecessary plugins, pages, images and backend files will be removed. Your new site will be backed up and saved locally if it ever needs to be restored. Once we go live, it may take between 24-48 hours for the new site to propagate on some devices. You may need to clear your cache in order to see the new site, although most computers will see the new site immediately. This will depend on your WiFi connection and where you are in relation to the location of the server that the website is on.

Your website logins and all credentials will be sent to you via basecamp or a secure email to ensure the security of your passwords. Though your logins and passwords will be saved by me locally, please save all of your logins as well. Upon completion, you’ll receive a link to my “moving forward” page where you’ll receive tips and tricks on what to do with your new website as well as information on our Maintenance/Security Plan, which I highly recommend for all my clients.