So you are ready to build your website? How do you do it? Do you just hire someone and let them throw a bunch of mud against the wall and you see what sticks?
The launch of a website with a proficient web design process is often the most exciting time for the client. The most critical step in the web design process is creating an accurate project definition. Make sure you and your designer have a clear and concise definition of what is to be done. Trust me, this can save you money, time and a lot of grief and bad relationships if you make sure everything is in writing before you start. For the Designer, following a well-structured web design process is by far one of the most important steps that many web designers choose to neglect.
If you are like most people, you have little or no experience with website design, so you may feel like you are drifting blind when it comes to the best process for selecting a designer and what you can (and should) expect from that designer as the project proceeds. Building a website is just like any other business process – the more informed and educated you are about the process, the more likely?you are to?achieve your goals and stay within the budget and timeframe you have available. Web design process play a great positive role in web designers professional life if it is simple and organized. Make sure your designer has a specific plan to take you from start to finish building your site. With no plan, you will be flying blind and most likely waste a lot of money.
A project definition includes a project brief and a project plan. We use a client survey when we start any project. The client assessment is used to gather the information needed to develop the project brief and plan. A simple form to gather pertinent information from the client is a clever way to begin with your survey. Proficient design is dependent on proficient site structure and a solid project definition. Your project plan should now include a detailed list of concrete tasks, assignments, target dates and dependencies between tasks. Thankfully, after a little bit of research, we discovered a project collaboration tool called Basecamp. Basecamp solves this problem by providing tools tailored to improve the communication between people working together on a project. Basecamp (and project collaboration tools like it) allows multiple users to access a website which stores all of the messages, milestones, file uploads, to-do lists, time it takes to complete parts of the project, etc. The system will send you emails but the only e-mails you will ever receive are notifications whenever something is contributed or changed within a project inside of the project manager.
To sum up this brief article, a web design process is meant to speed up, and also organize a project for a web designer, and organization can always lead to better results. The entire web design process is continually evolving.
Shannon Cox is the owner of www.argonstudios.com. Argon Studios produces high quality Custom web design and development and has been in business for over 10 years providing work from Fortune 500 companies to small to mid-sized businesses.