22 Aug The process of designing a new website
A web design agency’s process to a new website!
Thinking of upgrading to a new website? Or perhaps you’re starting a new venture and will be creating a website for the first time? Whatever your situation, we aim to make the process as simple as possible for you.
The new website design and development process involves the following key stages. We start by getting to know you and finish with the best part – launching your new website and training you – so you can jump into the driver’s seat!
Stage 1: Website Proposal
Firstly, we like to get to know you! Reach out to us via phone or our contact form to discuss your needs. We aim to discover as much as we can in order to create a new website design and development proposal tailored just for you.
Stage 2: Website Brief
If you’re ready to make it happen, we provide a briefing form for you to fill out. Upon its return we set a time to get together for a deep dive to further understand your business, your vision, purpose and goals.
Stage 3: Website Strategy
Next we create your website strategy; a vital step in website design and development process.
We undertake research on your brand, industry and competitors to discover best practice and to benchmark websites based on user experience, design, functionality and content.
Based on our conversations we determine your specific website goals and the strategies to help achieve your desired outcomes.
If you have a current website we review what works and what doesn’t, and decide what content should be carried through to your new website.
All this information allows us to develop a site wide wireframe and the information architecture for your website to maximise end user experience (UX).
If this looks good to you, we’re ready to move onto the next stage.
Stage 5: Website Design
Now that we have a great understanding of all the essential details and website wireframe in place, it’s time to start the website design stage!
We get creative designing all your webpages to align with your brand.
Any existing or supplied content is taken into consideration such as images, videos and copy.
Now it’s time for the part we know you love most – seeing your new website design for the first time!
You review your website and provide feedback and any additional content.
We edit the copy, optimise images and videos for web, and make any last refinements for sign off before website development begins.
Stage 6: Website Development
Here’s where all the behind the scenes action, or should we say ‘magic’, happens!
Website Set Up
It’s time to get the basics in place. That means ensuring you have business grade website hosting account set up and your domain name is secured.
We build your website on a holding site, install and set up WordPress, and then get to work developing your new website.
We also integrate your social media accounts and any web-to-email forms, like your newsletter sign up to MailChimp. And, importantly ensure your new website design is mobile friendly.
Ecommerce Website Development
If you sell anything on your new website we integrate it with WooCommerce for ecommerce functionality.
Your payment gateways and API integrations are set up (PayPal, bank transfer, COD).
Then it’s onto adding your inventory with all their supplied details such as product attributes, variations, pricing, shipping and tax.
If you need a member’s area that special customers or clients can access via login and receive unique information, benefits or discounts, we set this up.
Or, if you have a subscription based product or service on your new website, we take care of this for you too.
We now migrate your new website to the live domain (with an under construction page set up) and thoroughly test it. We iron out any hitches and when all is smooth it’s time to go live.
Stage 7: New Website Launch
Hooray! Your new website is now live. It’s time to shout it from the rooftops!
Website Management Training
We set up a two hour website content management training session so you can feel confident and ready make the most of your new website.
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"We love working with Maker & Co because they understand our business and work with our core values. What began as a new e-commerce website project has become much more as we realised they could continue adding value to our business at every touchpoint. They are more than just a creative agency, they care about your business and become part of it."
"Maker & Co took the time to understand our business values and the markets in which we operate. The result - added value to our business in both Australia and New Zealand. Maker & Co have been able to provide a full suite of services from brand development to website development, graphic design and digital marketing, which has allowed us to focus on running our business and servicing our clients knowing we are in safe hands."
"Prior to engaging Maker & Co it was a challenge to get on top of regular posting across major social media channels and keeping our message consistent. This crucial part of direct to consumer communication was taken care of by Maker & Co with regular updates and forward post planning reports. This enabled us to take our marketing to the next level not only through social media but also with a full website upgrade and email marketing. Maker & Co are professional, fun and always ready to work with you to develop a customized solution for your business."
"Our brief to Maker & Co was for a complete business branding project. Their knowledge and expertise delivered us a very exciting and professional design from logo to website and business stationery, all of which has been exceptional and well received by all our clients. We would highly recommend Maker & Co for all your brand development needs."
"Starting our website from scratch was quite a daunting process, but Mark and the Maker & Co team made the whole process incredibly easy. Not only were we happy with the final site, the back end was simple to use so we could manage any continuing updates ourselves. The after sales service offered has also been invaluable, as once our site had launched, they were very responsive and readily available to help when needed. I would happily recommend Maker & Co to anyone looking for a reliable and competent creative agency."
"It has been great working with Maker & Co in developing our new e-commerce website as they have a fresh and effective approach in delivering our brand to the consumer. They also are efficient in after sales support by resolving issues and updating content in the minimal time possible."