Your Charleston Area Website Design and Construction
Do you have a small business in Charleston, Summerville, Mount Pleasant, or beyond? If you need website design help, we can help. Creating a website is like designing a new home; a lot of unseen work goes into it from behind the scenes. Xizzee knows how difficult it is to create a website, so we’ve created a seven-phase process to help you through all parts of designing and constructing your website.
Seven-Phase Website Development Process
Phase I: Business-needs determination (Pre-contract)
Before starting your website design, Xizzee completes a full review of your business sector and your local competitors on the Internet as well as in Charleston, Summerville, and other business areas. Xizzee then discusses the business owner’s needs and goals for the website. Some might want just one basic page, some three, others up to 20.
Phase 2: No-Surprise Contract
Xizzee takes the time to explain how many pages the site will have and how that is priced in the contract. There are many options available to our customers, and Xizzee strives to lay them all out, so there are no surprises. Some items are flat fees while others are a-la-carte.
Phase 3: Collecting Content
This phase is most difficult for Charleston area business owners because you must sit down and write out all of the text that will be on the site. Because some business owners are not confident in this area, Xizzee works in 1 hour of coaching to draw the information out of the owner. Extra coaching is available for a fee if necessary, but it is worth it to get the information written down and ready for the next phase. You can also provide bulleted lists, and Eileen will write the copy for you. As a former English teacher, your copy will be spotless.
Textual Website Content
Xizzee provides a blank outline for business partners to fill out. It can be shared via paper and pencil or electronically via Google Drive. Eileen will support each business partner in whichever method makes you most comfortable. If you are local to Charleston, Eileen can site with you to fill it out.
Graphical Website Content
Customers are very visual, so it is important to have a visually appealing website. The trend now is for large high quality photos with smaller accent photos and graphics. Eileen will set up collection space online for you to store and label your copyright-free photos. If you would prefer to leave the choices up to Eileen and Jim, our graphic designer, that is fine, too. In the end, Eileen will ensure that you have a beautiful, inviting website for your customers to visit. Any photos that need to be purchased from stock photos will be priced out in the contract, so there are no surprises.
Phase 4: Layout
Eileen begins building the site at this point. Once the content is complete, the visuals begin. The layout includes colors, font style, font size, headings, and graphics. If samples or templates are available, they will be shown at this time. Once a basic layout is agreed upon, the content inclusion begins.
Phase 5: Customer Review and Feedback
To ease the small business owner’s mind, Eileen shows periodic updates to get feedback to ensure partner satisfaction in the website design. One major rewrite and three minor rewrites/edits are included in the contract. Because these changes can be very time intensive, additional changes are available a-la-carte. This phase is usually the longest based on partner satisfaction. If you are not satisfied and proud of the new website design, our job is not complete. Your satisfaction is of utmost importance to us.
Phase 6: Hosting and Email Settings
If a website design partner already has email with another hosting company and wants to keep it there, Eileen can make this happen. There will be no downtime for your email whether it be Microsoft or Google; however, you should definitely have an email with your domain. To be professional, your email should read [email protected] If you need help setting this up, Eileen can help.
Phase 7: Website Submission to Search Engines
The final phase ensures that your new site can be found by the three major search engines: Google, Bing, and Yahoo. In this final phase, Eileen creates a sitemap of your completed, approved site, registers it with the three major search engines, and submits it for indexing.