Web Development

Many clients ask:

  • What’s included in custom Website Development?
  • How does the process work?
  • What order will we go in?

This page explains the steps from start to finish and gives you an idea of what you can expect when we develop your website. Remember, this is just a guide; your project may have needs that are not addressed here. If you’re ready to request your free, no-obligation quote, visit our Web Design Quote page.

Project Phases

Decision/Planning Phase

Website Development Quote – If you have not already done so, you will want to take some time to think about what you wish to accomplish with your new website. Determine if you will need any special functionality or interactivity with your visitors; consider the type of design style which appeals to you and then be sure to let us know. When you are ready, please request your free, no-obligation website design quote.

Website Needs Analysis – Based on the information you provided when requesting your website design quote, we attempt to determine your needs, what you are expecting from your website, and try to get a feel for your industry. This is why it is important for you to be as detailed as possible when requesting your quote. We may have questions for you to help clarify certain issues and we will express those before quoting on your project. If we believe that your website development project could benefit from our services and skills, we will quote you on your project.

Website Development Contract – Once we have come to an agreement on project details, timeline and price, we will prepare a website development contract for you to review, sign and send back with your deposit. (Contracts are not required for projects under $1,500.00.)

Development Deposit / Initial Deposit – The signed contract and 50% deposit is required before we schedule a time slot for your project. The remainder of your balance will be due upon project completion. Once we have received your 50% deposit and signed contract, we will provide you with a copy of the fully executed contract, a receipt for your deposit and your project start date. All projects are scheduled on a “first come, first served” basis.

Domain name registration/Website Hosting – If you already have a domain name and hosting, we may be able to work with your current host to give you all the features you require. If you require a domain name and hosting services, we recommend GoDaddy for domain registration and we hope you let us host your website. Many of our clients host their websites with us on our dedicated private server that has great server up time, lots of features and great customer support.

Graphic Design Phase

Development Project Begins – Upon receipt of your deposit and contract (if applicable), the developer in charge of your project will email you to confirm receipt of your deposit/contract, give you their direct contact information and possibly provide a list of items which will be needed from you over the course of development. You will need to let us know the navigation links you would like (such as home, about us, services, etc) and supply all text and/or product information to be included on your site. In addition, you may also supply material such as company logo, personal photos, etc, if desired. If you have any guide sites you would like us to refer to when designing your site, or if you have any preference as to colors, style, etc, please offer that information as well. For E-Commerce sites that require us to enter products for you, we will need you to supply an Excel spread sheet listing the following: Product Name, Unique Product ID Number (if any), Product Description, Options (if any – size, color, etc), Price, Approximate Weight, Number in Stock, as well as the product photos named in correspondence with the Product ID Number on the spread sheet. Ideally, all of the above information should be supplied prior to us getting started. Work will commence on your scheduled start date. The developer in charge of your project will contact you on that day to confirm that we are getting started.

Custom Designed Website Concepts – We will provide three possible custom designed home page concepts for your project. In most cases, we will be able to provide these designs within 5-7 business days following your start date. After you have reviewed the designs and decided which one you would like to use, we will continue to make modifications to the design until the final desired look is achieved. Once the final desired look is achieved, we will create the interior page layout, convert the design to HTML, add programming, etc. During this process, you will have the opportunity to review progress (see next item).

In Progress Viewing – We establish a private directory for your new website on our testing server so that you may view the website development progress at any time. In addition, your project manager will inform you via email when extensive updates to the site have been made so you can review the most recent progress.

Professional Stock Photography – All projects include use of professional stock photography images from our current library. If a client requires stock photography which we do not currently possess, an additional fee may apply.

Website Development / Coding Phase

Website Programming / Coding – All website development programming/coding to run any special features/visitor interactivity on your website is completed and tested.

Website Pages – Based upon your contract and the final design you selected, we create as many static or dynamic pages as needed to complete your site.

Website Navigation – Navigation links or drop down menus, and rollover effects (if desired) are completed.

Site Map – Creation of a site map page is done, which includes easy one-click access to all pages of your site.

Site Content – Incorporation of your logo, photos and text content is included in all projects. Custom logo design is available for an additional fee; please inquire if interested.

CSS Stylesheet – CSS Stylesheets are used to define font faces, styles, sizes and colors for consistency throughout the site. Favicon – A favicon is a small image that displays in the address bar and on the favorites menu when someone bookmarks or adds your website to their “Favorites.” Creation of a favicon is included in all custom website development projects.

Response Forms / Contact Forms – We always recommend at least one contact form for your visitors’ convenience. Using a contact form, a visitor can email you directly from your website without needing to open their email program. This is especially convenient if a visitor is not using their own computer when their email program is not available.

Testing Phase

Search Engine Readiness Check – Meta Tags, Page Titles, Page Heading, Alt Image Tags, Link Text, and Page Body Text evaluation and adjustment are used where needed throughout the website. At no time can we guarantee when or where the search engines will place your website within their search results or directory.

Browser Compatibility Testing – Your website is tested on a variety of operating systems and browsers to ensure proper display and functionality.

Website Grammar & Spell Check – Before the website is launched, a grammar and spell check is performed to ensure there are no mistakes.

Dead Link Check – A thorough check for misdirected links and missing files is performed just prior to as well as after the launch of the website.

Website Forms – Forms/ Programming – Any email contact forms and/or programming features included in your project are tested to confirm they are functioning as required.

Launch Phase

Website Payment Final Payment – Final payment is always due before we take the website live on your domain. Upon receipt of final payment, you will be emailed a final/paid in full receipt.

Launch Website Launch Website – All necessary website files and scripts are copied to your domain and databases are setup.

Error Testing – After the website is live, any interactive programming and scripts are tested to verify proper function. Since the design and testing phase often occurs on a different server, it is very important to once again verify that everything is working correctly after taking the website live.

Development Files – After launch and testing of the website, you are provided with a zipped archive of all website files.

Instructions & Documentation – When necessary, any documentation needed to use the administration functions of your website is included in PDF format.

Search Engine Submission – Manual search engine submission occurs after launching, testing and fixing any issues there may have been.

Completion Phase

Design Changes / Minor Adjustments – Minor adjustments to the website are included at no charge for up to two weeks after the website has launched (maximum of up to 3 hours labor). Minor changes include adding/changing text, photos, etc. Any major revision requests will require additional discussion and possibly incur a fee.

Hosting & Add-ons

Hosting We recommend hosting your site with us. Many of our clients host their websites with us on our private dedicated server, which has great server up time, lots of features, as well as great customer support.

Hosting Features:

  • Online File Manager
  • Email accounts @yourdomain
  • Web Based Email Interface or POP3 Access
  • Online Web Stats (invisible hit counter)
  • Website Backup Utility
  • MySQL Database Management
  • Add/remove sub-domains
  • Custom error pages
  • FTP Access
  • Auto responders
  • Many more features…

Optional Add-ons

  • E-Commerce Store
  • Flash Effects & Animation
  • Secure Forms with Database Back end (SSL Encryption)
  • Website Editing (CMS)
  • Site Search
  • RSS Feed Aggregator
  • News/Article Posting
  • Photo Gallery
  • Guestbook
  • Community Forum
  • Events Calendar
  • And more!

Optional Add-ons pricing may vary. To obtain pricing, please inquire about the specific add-ons you wish to include. Optional Add-ons may be limited by what programming languages your host supports.