Because we only do development (learn more about what exactly we do here), the first step is to hire a graphic designer that you absolutely love to create your web proofs. If you need help finding one, we have a great list of designers that we’ve worked with in the past and would be happy to recommend.
Once you’ve secured a designer, it’s time to get a quote for the development of your project and begin the booking process. In order to give you an accurate estimate, it’s helpful to have you answer the following questions plus any other details that might be relevant:
– Tell us about yourself & your business.
– Is this project a website, blog, ecommerce – all of the above?
– Will your site need a portfolio, any special forms, or advanced functionality?
– How many custom pages will you need? Should any of them be reusable templates?
– Do you have a current site/blog that will need content transferred?
From there we’ll send you a custom development estimate for your project and walk you through all the details. Most of our client projects fall in the range of a $2000-$5000 investment (excluding designer fees), however it really does depend on the size and needs of your project. Find out more about our payment plans and what your development investment includes here!
In order to officially book development for your project and get on our schedule, you’ll need to send an initial deposit of one-third of your total project cost. You can make this payment easily and securely from the payment plan area of your project estimate. We’ll also send over our development services contract for you to review and sign (via RightSignature). This contract is used to protect both of us throughout the project and make sure things run smoothly.
Once these things have been completed, your project will be officially added to our schedule which (in most cases) allows your website to be coded as soon as the final design files are sent over from your designer.
Once we’ve received the final files from your designer, your new site will be built for testing on Made to Thrive’s private server. This will allow your current site to remain uninterrupted while the new site is being developed. When the test site is ready, it is sent to the designer for approval, and then to you for final review and edits.
Now you’re ready for your new site to be installed and prepped to launch! Installation can take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours depending on the size of the site. This includes everything from configuring your domain/host, theme and content installation, content transfer from previous site if needed, etc. During this time a splash page is placed on your site so that visitors don’t stumble upon a construction zone. Once the installation is complete, you will be provided you with a custom pdf document detailing step by step instructions on how to navigate your new site.
After your site installation, you’ll have access to our exclusive client maintenance packages to keep your website up-to-date and always looking it’s best. Find out more about here!
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