Our Web Design Process

We here at Charlotte Web Development are process-driven people. Business and life through enough unpredictable curve balls at you and we want to make the process of getting a great website streamlined and easy! To best serve you we have found the following process is a terrific way of ensuring that you get the website built that you want as quickly as possible, and for the best price possible.

Step 1. Identify the Goals of the Website.

You know your business better than anyone. We know the web. Let’s get together to discuss your current situation and the goals of your site.

Some questions we like to have answered at this time include:

  • What is your main objective?
  • What is your budget?
  • How do you do what you do?
  • What is your clientele like?
  • How do you interact with your clients?
  • What other advertising do you do?
  • What do you want your site to do? (Collect data, inform potential clients, sell items, register users, etc)
  • How would you like your site to look? Do you have a core color scheme or logo we should aim to match?
  • What other sites out there do you admire?
  • Who are your closest competitors?
  • Who are your suppliers, accreditors, and related companies?

Step 2. Create and Review Proposal

At this point we take the answers you gave us in the first step to craft a solution that best fits your need and budget. We create a proposal covering the best way to achieve your goals within the budget provided. The proposal details each goal and the steps we believe need to be taken to realize it.

Every component and responsibility for both parties is spelled out in clear English. Imagine not having to wrangle with a web development firm over who what is and is not in scope!

At this time, once the requirements are settled we ask for a 50% downpayment to begin work.

Step 3. Create the Design Prototype.

A picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially true in the web design arena. Before commencing building the actual application our expert graphic designers create a sample image of select pages of your website. The pages coincide with the goals and design constraints identified earlier.

Once your company signs off on the design, we proceed to the next step….

Step 4. Build and test your Website

We build and test your website on our protected web servers away from the prying eyes of the public and your competition. At regular intervals and at major milestones for larger projects we invite you to try out the site. This helps you see the progress and identify any further upgrades. Some changes at this time may increase the cost and / or time of the project.

Step 5. Deploy the Finished Product.

Once you are satisfied with the design and functionality of your site, we ask for the remaining balance on your account. We deploy your site live on your selected web host and make certain you are up and running. Charlotte Web Development provides free and on-going support for one month to smooth out the transition period and give your business the greatest chance for success on the web!

Step 6. On-going maintenance. (Optional)

Some of our most successful clients ask us to run the some of the recurring needs of a live and vibrant website. These duties span everything from Improved Search Engine Rankings, to managing Pay-Per-Click Campaigns, to Providing fresh website content. Let us know what Charlotte Web Development can do for you!