There’s an old adage, “Once a designer, always an artist” which is meant to assume that an artist will lack administrative skill. However we’ve come to find that this is far from true! In fact, there’s a local, creative design company that systematically creates all the websites that they build. They have created and formulated a way that they work that has proven to be successful for all artists and web designers. That system is being talked about right here!
So the question often times will come up as to how web design projects should be run. It basically breaks down into a few steps, the beginning being the most important. Let’s have a look.
The Web Design Overview
The first thing you need is an overview and a scope of all the work that you’ll be committing to. This means that you need to decide with your client in advance exactly what’s going to be done. Some very important things to establish is the number of revisions and edits that they should receive on a design. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a contract, working day after day on revisions because the client is never satisfied! So make sure revisions are established in the beginning!
Create a Contract
Not everyone will agree to a contract. In fact, some people hate them. However it’s an important part of what you do because if your client asks for something that wasn’t agreed on, this could potentially result in havoc for you. You definitely don’t want them telling you that you’re supposed to write all the content on a 60 page website if you didn’t agree to that! You also don’t want them to tell you at the end of the project that they now have a store and would like you to add a shopping cart and 200 items! So get a contract drafted and get them to sign it. This could potentially cost you $1,000 however you can also seek out templates online that you could use for your company.
Create a Wireframe
The next thing to do is to design a wireframe. This is the general layout and design of the website. This is going to be very important when it comes time to present to your client. If he approves your wireframe then you’re ready to get started on some actual web design! This is one of the most basic and fundamental parts to web design. Don’t forget it! You may be asked to revise certain aspects of the design and layout, and that’s why it’s important that you come up with an agreement in the beginning.
SEO the Site
After you’ve designed the site, it’s important that you do some SEO. You can try this for website research and learn what the client’s competitors are doing well.
SEO is an industry in itself and should not be taken lightly. If you’re a web designer it’s important that you really know SEO. If you do not know SEO you will be behind in the industry. So get started on learning! Brian Dean teaches some great tactics on SEO. Neil Patel is also a great resource.
That will sum up your web design project! It’s actually very simple and doesn’t take very long. The thing that often times takes the longest is waiting for content from the client. So they should probably know in advance that you’re trying hard to get the project done, but that you’ll need content in order to get it done.