How I Work
I am quite flexible when it comes to starting a project but over the years I have developed a process which has worked well for developing WordPress websites. It is not set in stone but it gives you an overview of what you can expect from working with me.
1. We have a Skype conversation
Where you explain your business to me and your goals and ideas for the website. This includes the purpose of the site, the functionality you expect and an overview of the content. We also plan the next steps of what we need to do, I will probably ask you to send me some designs/websites that you like and a more detailed overview of the content and pages you need.
2. I conceptualise and design a look and feel for the site
WordPress runs on what are called ‘themes.’ You can build these from scratch but there are millions (I don’t think that’s an overstatement) available on the internet. It is most time and cost efficient to choose a theme which I can then customise to suit your needs. This second part therefore usually involves me looking for a theme, that broadly speaking meets your design criteria, and creating mockups of a few pages so you get a feel for what the site will look like. This process generally takes 3-4 iterations.
3. You prepare the content
To make the process of building the website as efficient as possible I will ask you to compile all the content in a Google Drive folder within a structure that reflects the structure you would like on the site, this includes all the copy and images that you may require. This should be completed before I begin.
4. I build the site
At this point I will ask for all the technical details for access to your website so I can actually build the site.
5. We look at final changes, testing and SEO
Once the site is built you will have a final look, make sure everything meets your requirements and we will set up some basic search engine optimisation so that the current ranking of your site doesn’t fall and your pages meet some basic best practices.