The heart and soul of any web design business is their clients. In order to keep customers content and satisfied from beginning to end during a Web project, it’s important to clearly communicate and outline the web design approval and change process.
In an effort to avoid bumps in the road while working with clientele on a web design project, consider articulating the following web design approval & change processes that will take place throughout the life span of the project:
• PROJECT DISCOVERY
This step involves meeting or conversing with clients to iron out the goals of the project, determining who the target market is, establishing content, discussing the architecture of the website and other important information about what the client has in mind. In addition, project discovery should include documenting the technical functionalities the website needs to perform. Once these particular steps are completed, drafting a rough prototype of the site can be achieved.
• PROJECT SCOPE
In order to launch a successful web design project, it’s crucial to establish all actions and deliverables along with realistic timelines for each particular phase of the project. When everyone involved with the project can meet their mark on time, budgets and levels of frustration remain under control.
• SITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
At this stage in the project, it’s all about creating the site design to reflect corporate branding. Once design approval has reached consensus amongst the decision-makers the next step is to work through what works and what doesn’t in terms of design elements/style. Adding content, multimedia elements, social media components, etc. are then achieved.
Prior to uploading a website for the world to see, it’s essential to first place the site on a production server. On a test server, design or technical issues can be easily addressed, fixing things such as misspellings in content, or broken links, etc. Corporate branding can be damaged if testing is not done in this manner, so make sure to test thoroughly before going live.
• LAUNCH AND MAINTENANCE
These steps are considered the final stages of the project: launching the website live for all to see, making quick turnaround fixes as needed and providing ongoing regular site maintenance.
A clear web design approval and change process sets the stage for a successful project execution.