Many companies ask us how to get started on a new website or what we need from them. I believe many people think it’s much harder than it actually is.
The nice thing about dealing with a full service web design company like Web Works is that we take care of all the hard work. All you have to do is let us know what you do, where you work and other any other specifics you would like to include on your new website. Web Works will take care of the rest.
The “how it works” page on our website is a good reference point which describes our process step by step. See my explanation below for more information.
The first step is your content call. This is where we get to know your company better and go over all the specifics for your new site. For example, we will ask you about how long you have been in business, what kind of affiliations you have, what pages you would like to have on your website, if there are any sites you would like us to reference and more.
Once the content call is completed we start working on your home page. We create a basic layout based on the conversation that we think you will like. In about 5-7 business days after your content call you will receive artwork. You can let us know what you think. If you’d like make any tweaks or changes we will do so. We want to get this down before starting to build out the rest of your site.
After the artwork phase is done, we will complete your project by writing the rest of your content, creating the keywords and making sure your site is properly optimized for the local areas you would like to target. Then we register your domain name, set up your hosting and any business email accounts needed as well.
After that your website will be ready to launch. But the process doesn’t stop there with us. We are also available for any updates or questions you have going forward as well.
For the astute small business owner, if you would really like to be prepared, you can keep a file with your logo and any pictures you would like us to use on your website. You will be able to upload them to your site manager so our team can easily access them. You can also do some research on your competitors to see what has been working for them in the search engines. If you would like to get a head start on your website project, you can take advantage of our online questionnaire provided here. It will help you create an outline for your new website.
So you see it’s really not that bad. The content call usually takes about half an hour. Everything else involved may take another half an hour or so, if that. In approxiamately 2-3 weeks you’re new website will be finished. You will have something you can be proud of and use for years to come.
Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays from everybody on the Web Works staff!