Because I only do development, the first step is to hire a graphic designer to create your web proofs. If you need help finding one, I have a lengthy list of pre-approved designers that I’ve worked with in the past, and I’d be happy to match you with the one that fits your style & price range best.
Once you’ve secured a designer, it’s time to get a quote for the development cost of your project and begin the booking process. In order to give an accurate estimate, it’s helpful to have you answer the following questions:
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself & your business.
2. Is this project a website, blog, ecommerce – all of the above?
3. Will the site need a portfolio, special forms, or advanced functionality?
4. How many custom page templates will the site need?
5. Do you have a current site that will need content transferred?
Projects are then priced on an individual basis based on the size and functionality of the site. Check out this sample invoice for a website/portfolio/blog project to get a better idea of how development pricing is laid out.
Once the quote has been approved, it gets converted to an invoice which breaks the cost down into a 3-payment plan (one as a deposit, one paid at the beginning of development, and one paid at project completion). In order to officially book development for your project, you’ll need to pay a design deposit, aka one-third of your total project cost. The invoice will have a link taking you to an easy & secure payment page to make your payment via card.
The final step in securing development is to review and sign my contract (handled via RightSignature.com). This contract is used to protect both of us throughout the entire project. When the contract has been signed and the deposit paid, the project is added to my schedule which (in most cases) allows your design to be coded as soon as the design files are sent over from your designer.
Once I have all the final files in hand from the designer and you have paid your second amount, your new test site will be built 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 review, and then to the client for a final approval.
Next comes the final payment and site installation. Installation can take anywhere from 1 to 5 hours depending on the size of the site. This includes everything from domain/host setup, theme + content installation, content transfer from previous site, 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, I will provide you with a detailed walk-through of your new site, including step by step instructions on how to make any/all content changes.
+ What platform & framework do you work with?
+ Will I be able to make site changes on my own?
+ Will my site be mobile responsive?
+ I need tweaks done on my current site. Can you help?
+ Is content entry for my site included?
+ Do you have any hosting recommendations?