A great website design blueprint for those who might not know how to proceed with a potential client. We all know that in order to manage and develop a website from scratch requires a lot of work. You need to utilize resources, set up a lot of meetings both internally with the development-design team and externally with the client. Just as crucial is to be organized. Therefore, in this article, I will mention everything that you need to keep in mind once a client comes looking for your web development services.
At the first meeting, it is very important to understand the client’s needs so you need to ask the right questions. Some of the most important questions that you should ask are:
Now that you know your client’s basic needs, it’s time to create an audit that you’ll include with the quotation. It’s important to explain to your client what you are going to do regarding his website and why your strategy will improve the website’s performance, and in-turn conversions. This is your chance to prove to the client why they should hire you instead of other potential developers that he already has spoken to. Bonus tip: send a free homepage mock-up for FREE in order to prove your design skills and get the trust of your potential client.
A simple audit for web design & development should include:
Now you are ready to get the client to sign your offer. Be very careful with your quotation in order to avoid any misunderstandings that may lead to legal ramifications down the road.
If everything has gone well and you now have the job then it’s time for your design team to start working on the project.
It’s very important to organize your resources at the beginning of the project. Assign the project to your best available Web Designer. Your Web Designer should start working on the wireframes first and then proceed onto the actual Web Design drafts using their preferred tool.
Try to keep up with deadlines in order to proceed with the Web Development at a comfortable and agreed pace. Once you have the drafts done it’s better to set up another meeting with the client. It’s important for us to know if the client approves of the drafts prior to proceeding with the web development. This will make everyone’s life easier.
Now that the client has approved the designs of the project, your development team can get started. Set up new hosting for the current project and then we are ready to go. My suggestion is to use VPS hosting for all your upcoming projects for enhanced performance.
Make sure to develop the new website on the new hosting that you have already purchased without messing up the client’s existing website (if any). The new development will be considered as your staging site and once your development team completes the project you can push this website live.
Launching a website isn’t that simple. If you launch the client’s website in a hurry and miss important factors, then you will definitely have a hard time fixing things while the website is live. Don’t worry, I have prepared a list with everything that you need to test before you launch a website.
Good luck and happy developing!