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Building your
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Check out the 7 Steps we take to creating a successful website project

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Information Gathering and Project Start

The first step in designing a successful website is to gather information. Many things need to be taken into consideration when the look and feel of your site is created.

This first step is actually the most important one, as it involves a solid understanding of the company it is created for. It involves a good understanding of YOU : what your business goals and dreams are, and how the web can be utilised to help you achieve those goals.

When building a website there are a number of stake-holders from website designers, coders, content editors, testers, project managers and more. All need to understand the website requirements and work in harmony to be able to deliver a successful site.

Certain things to consider are:

What is the purpose of the site? Do you want to provide information, promote a service, sell a product… ?

What do you hope to accomplish by building this web site? Two of the more common goals are either to make money or share information.

Is there a specific group of people that will help you reach your goals? It is helpful to picture the “ideal” person you want to visit your web site. Consider their age, sex or interests – this will later help determine the best design style for your site.

What kind of information will the target audience be looking for on your site? Are they looking for specific information, a particular product or service, online ordering…?

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Wireframe and Design

A wireframe is similar to a house plan, it’s full of boxes showing the placement of images, text and features. Once you approve the outline, the wireframe is sent to our design team to complete. Most home pages are designed within 3 days, whilst it takes 4+ hours to design each inner page.

We will deliver all designs via InvisionApp, an application which provides live like examples of your site with the ability for you to make comments. It’s a systemised approach to giving feedback.

In both the wireframe and design stages you will get 2 rounds of full edits. A round is a review of all pages. We find most clients are happy after the first round, but should you need the 2nd, Kane will have a meeting with you to finalise the required edits. Any further rounds after these will incur additional charges.

All our designs are layered within PSDs (Photoshop) files.

We use an application called Invisionapp, which allows you to see the pages as they would be live on the site. To mark changes just push C and click, a comment box will open for your feedback.

YES, the best time to start writing content is ASAP. Once we finish development of your website you have 7 days to send us your content, which for the average site build is 3 weeks from design stage. We will upload 1 round of content and then give you help guides showing you how you can edit.

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Specification document and task allocation

Every website has a number of features to install such as blogs, event management, payment integration and more. It’s key to a projects success that all features and each page are noted into a document or system. We use TeamWork to describe all required features and tasks.  All stake-holders including yourself have 24/7 access to TeamWork, with the view of understanding and following the projects progress.

Should your site be of a large nature, we recommend having a specification document completed.

 

Since our skilled designers are put straight onto the task of building your website, we highly recommend that you double check the designs to ensure everything required has been included. Once approved and submitted to the coding team, any additions will incur extra charges at our hourly rate.

A number of specification documents are 40+ pages, detailing every feature, photo, colour and more. If a document is required, we recommend allowing 2 weeks to write and edit.

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Frontend and backend coding

The development stage is where the website itself is created. At this time, the front end coder will take all of the individual graphic elements from the PSD and use them to create the actual mobile responsive functional HTML files. The backend coder will then take the HTML files and connect them to coded features within your desired CMS.

This is typically done by first developing the home page, adding all required features and finally by integrating the inner pages.

Over 80% of World Digital websites use WordPress as their CMS. We find it to be the most simple for our clients to learn and use.

An average 7 page website will take 2 weeks to code the front end and back end. This all depends on the design and features of the website. We will happily give you a time estimate along with a quote for your specific requirements

All World Digital sites are coded to be mobile responsive. A typical design will be coded into a stacked format for mobile optimisation – meaning each element will be placed on top of each other and decreased to fit a mobile screen.

YES, we use staging hosting accounts to build your website. Our developers update these accounts every 2 days with your project. This hosting is backed up daily and weekly. Once the home page is built we will share the link with you.

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Website testing

Every website has fixes and every client wants to edit. World Digital has highly detailed QA testers who will test your website on the latest browsers and mobile platforms.

Once complete we recommend you note any fixes or edits you want to make.

World Digital will give you access to Track Duck, which is similar to InvisionApp, but for live sites. It allows you to create a screenshot and make comments. This is all integrated into TeamWork.

TeamWork is updated daily with all progress and is a transparent way to watch the development of your site.

Now your website is live, you will want to make edits. It’s ok, everyone does it. If you need a new page, e-mail template or anything,just add it to TeamWork under client extras and we will send you a quote

We give you 7 days to completely test and make sure you are happy with your new site. Kane will be in touch during this time to answer any questions you may have.

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Add clients content

Once development and testing is completed, its time to add your content. At World Digital we will copy and paste 1 round of content as part of the website build.

Should you need to make edits, a web site driven by a CMS gives you the ability to edit the content areas of the web-site yourself. You are given access to a back-end administrative area, where you can use an online text editor (similar to a mini version of Microsoft Word). You’ll be able to edit existing content this way, or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can even add new pages and content yourself.

Its easy to use and we will provide you with help guides for any questions you have.

 

We advise clients to start writing content, when we finish wireframes. This will give you a good indication of how much content is required. If content is not delivered within 7 days of project completion it will occur a fee.

As soon as your site is complete we will give you easy to follow help guide videos on how you can edit the content and use all the features of the website.

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Upload to clients host. Happy Client!

We hope you are over the moon with your new website, I know we will be proud of it. You can use your own hosting or we can upload our high performance servers for an additional charge of $240 per year.

We require FTP and Cpanel details to be able to upload your new website to your hosting. If you don’t have this please contact your host.

Yes we do, all our work comes with a 30 day warranty.

Sure can, we provide great value management plans which include hosting for you to take advantage of.