WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT CHECKLIST

So you’ve taken the step towards getting a new website for your business – awesome!

Now, What Does Global Designs Mediahouse Need From Me to Start Building My Website?

Well, for staters,  Global Designs Mediahouse will  a lot of information in order to start to design and build your website.

Company Information

      • Official Business Name – If your business needs to be displayed with any legal symbols or titles, please let us know! Let us know if you need to have ™, LLC, Inc., or anything of the sort included with your business name.

     

      • Your Logo –  Send us a high resolution copy of your business Logo in JPG, PNG or PDF formats. No- Logo : consider getting one before getting started. Click here.

     

      • Primary Phone Number – All phone numbers you use to answer calls and inquiries for your business.

     

      • Business Locoation Address(s) – The primary location of your business, all stores and branches you wan to display on your website.

     

      • Business Email Address(s) – Any email addresses you want to use on the site. If you have multiples like support@youremail.com, contact@youremail.com, or JennySmiles@youremail.com.

     

      • Hours of Operation – If you have a physical business, let us know what your hours of operation are. Displaying these on your website is extremely important, as many customers these days visit business’s websites to find this kind of info.

     

      • List of Services – Always provide a list of services that you will need pages for on the site. For example, if you’re a Wedding Planner, you would tell us that you do Wedding Photography, Flower Arrangement, Rentals, etc. Also be sure to tell us about any “sub services” you may have for the main ones.

    You may have more general business information – and that’s okay! The more information you can give us, the smoother the design and development process will be.

Site Content

When developing your website we customize the design process as much as possible. In order to build a successful website, we need to know exactly what information you want to display on the site, in what order, on what pages and the preferred images you want to use in each section. Different content is best displayed in different ways depending on your needs. We wouldn’t want to design a section on the site that would be almost useless to your business and a waste of design time!

If you don’t have any content for your website yet, here are some pieces of info that can be very valuable to your web designer:

  • A short, elevator pitch for your business/service. Give us a 4-5 sentence summary of what you do and how your business is beneficial to your target audience. Stating your industry, target demographic, and services are great pieces of information to start with.

 

 

    • Page content. This is the text for every page of your website. Prepare employee bios, service descriptions/explanations, “About” information for your company, a mission statement, FAQs, and anything else you need to sell your service/product to your clients.

 

    • Any images for your gallery/portfolio (where applicable). Provide images at as high of quality as possible. Unless discussed in the scope of your project, be sure to provide images that are already edited to your liking.

 

    • Any photos you want to see on informational pages of the site. If you don’t have any, at least give an idea of what kinds of photos you want to use to relate to your customers. Stock photos that illustrate your services, pictures of your products, employee headshots, images of your office/store/practice, etc. We may be able to source refrence photos from our stock photo library.
    • A few finalized blog posts. – If your website is going to include a blog (which it should), you should provide a few pre-written posts for your web designer to upload to the site before it goes live. This will ensure that your website gets launched with a bit of “older” content, so it doesn’t look 100% brand new. This helps build trust with your users who see that your company has been around and active for longer.

Design Taste & Vision

Probably the most important bit of info you can give to your web designer  is idea of your taste and vision! Afterall, we creating what you want. Provide examples of design that you do and don’t like to give your designer an idea of what styles to play around with. Check out somewebsites. You’ll want to find examples of things that you love and hate about websites and overall design. Send your designer links to websites you like and dislike, and  notes about each link.

Not sure where to start? Check out  Web Design Inspiration for examples of websites from all kinds of industries.

It can be very beneficial to take screenshots and annotate the things you like/dislike about a site.

If your business has a very abstract product, you would want to point that out to your designer. Provide photos of your products or examples of similar products you will be selling to give your designer an idea of the design behind your business or service.

Other Information

Depending on the type of business you run and the type of website you need, we may need additional information throughout the process. These points are a great guideline to follow for gathering all the basic information we need to fill in your site, but there may be more. A good rule of thumb is that if you’re unsure if your designer needs a bit of info, send it to them. Even if we don’t need it at all, we can make that call, and it’s better to have too much info than not enough!

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT WORK PROCESS.

Our work process is simple and heavily relies on the cooperation of you, your business to help make your online presence a remarkable success.

To Commence -We accept a minimum of 60% the total cost of the project, only if Global Design Mediahouse retain complete rights and priveleges to your Hosting account until the project if completed. Otherwise 100% or Full payment is required to commence.

Before project begins – After payment has been made and confirmed. Kindly allow 3 Business Days to schedule the start of your project. We may have already been helping other customer like you with thier oline presence and want to ensure we provide you a timeline that wont interfere with the other projects and you moving forward. (A start date may be 5-7 days from date of payment).

Information Gatethering  –  To maintain our completion time-frame we request that most of the information be submitted withing 5-7 days to ensure that once started, our design team can keep working.  Creating a word document with the pages and content you need will help you streamline the delivery of your content. Within the word document you can also add images to show the designer your prefered layout.

Date for Completion and Launch – A date will be provided for the completion/launch of the project along with review dates throughout the life of the project.

Platform –  Websites are built on the Content Management Platform WORDPRESS unless otherwise requested by the customer

Communication – All information must be submitted via email or a secure transfer site such as wetransfer.com. All reviews must be submiited via email! We can discuss or clarify any bit of information with a phone call.

Completion – Once the project is complete and all final payments have been made, only then is the website launched for public viewing, unless otherwise agreed and the customer holds all copyright to the project.

Post Launch – After launch, you will be provided with a copy of all your logins and information to access the pages of your website.

General Understanding – 1. You understand that the fees paid for the website development process does not include maintaining the website after its completion. By this any request for updated or changes post development will be billed as separate work. 2. 3rd party plugins that which may need to be purchased to deliver a specific functionality comes at an additional cost and are billed seperately and  Full cost of plugins must be paid for before purchase.

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