Website Design & Development Phases Website Design    
1973 Mound Hill Road, Dixon, IL 61021     

Decision / Planning
Decision / Planning
Website Design and Development
Graphic Design Graphic Design
Website Development / Coding Website Development / Coding
Testing Testing
Website Launch Website Launch
Project Completion Project Completion
Hosting Hosting
Addons Optional Add-ons

Decision / Planning Phase

Website Development Quote

If you have not already done so, you will want to take some time to think about what you wish to accomplish with your new website. Determine if you will need any special functionality or interactivity with your visitors; consider the type of design style which appeals to you and then be sure to let me know.

You will also want to consider how many pages you will need for your website. Pages are separate documents such as "About Us", "Contact Us", "Products", etc.

When you are ready, please request your free, no-obligation website design quote. Based on the number of pages and features you require, I can give you a very accurate quote

Needs and Analysis

Based on the information you provided when requesting your website design quote, I attempt to determine your needs, what you are expecting from your website, and try to get a feel for your industry. This is why it is important for you to be as detailed as possible when requesting your quote.

I may have questions for you to help clarify certain issues and I will express those before quoting on your project.

If I believe that your website development project could benefit from my services and skills, I will quote you on your project.

Website Development Contract

Once we have come to an agreement on project details, timeline and price, I will prepare a website development contract for you to review, sign and send back with your deposit. (Contracts are not required for projects under $500.00.)

Initial Deposit

The signed contract and 50% deposit is required before I schedule a time slot for your project. The remainder of your balance will be due upon project completion. Once I have received your 50% deposit and signed contract, I will provide you with a copy of the fully executed contract, a receipt for your deposit and your project start date. All projects are scheduled on a “first come, first serve” basis.

Domain Name Registration / Website Hosting

If needed, I will immediately secure your desired domain name (pending availability) and include the first 1 year of service. The domain is registered in your name with your information and you will be the only registrant contact on file.

If you require hosting services, I recommend "Surpass Hosting" hosting services. All of my clients host their websites with "Surpass Hosting" and they have great server uptime, lots of features, as well as good customer support.

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Graphic Design Phase

Project Begins

Upon receipt of your deposit and contract (if applicable), I will email you a confirmation receipt of your deposit/contract and possibly provide a list of items which will be needed from you over the course of development.

You will need to let me know the navigation links you would like (such as home, about us, services, etc) and supply all text and/or product information to be included on your site. In addition, you may also supply material such as company logo, personal photos, etc, if needed.

If you have any example sites you would like me to refer to when designing your site or if you have any preference as to colors, style, etc., please offer that information as well.

Custom logo design is available for an additional fee, please inquire if interested.

Ideally, all of the above information should be supplied prior to us getting started.

Work will commence on your scheduled start date. I will contact you on that day to confirm that we are getting started.

Custom Designed Website

I will provide a possible custom designed home page concept for your project. In most cases, I will be able to provide the design within 3-5 business days following your start date.

After you have reviewed the design and approved, I will continue to make modifications to the design until the final desired look is achieved. Once the final desired look is achieved, I will create the interior page layout, convert the design to HTML, add programming, etc.

During this process, you will have the opportunity to review progress. (See next item.)

In Progress Viewing

I establish a private directory for your new website on my testing server so that you may view the website development progress at any time. In addition, I will inform you, via email, when extensive updates to the site have been made so you can review the most recent progress.

Professional Stock Photography

All projects include use of professional stock photography images from my current library. If a client requires stock photography which I do not currently possess, an additional fee may apply.

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Website Development / Coding Phase

Programming / Coding

All website development programming, coding to run any special features, visitor interactivity on your website is completed and tested.

Website Pages

Based upon your contract and the final design you selected, I create as many static or dynamic pages as needed to complete your site.

Website Navigation

Navigation links or drop down menus, and rollover effects, if desired, are completed.

Site Map

If your website consists of more than 20 pages, creation of a "site map" page is done, which includes easy one-click access to all pages of your site.

Site Content

Incorporation of your logo, photos and text content is included in all projects.

For e-Commerce sites that require me to enter products for you, I will need you to supply a listing the following: Product Name, Unique Product ID Number (if any), Product Description, Options (if any – size, color, etc), Price, Approximate Weight, Number in Stock, as well as the product photos named in correspondence with the Product ID Number on the spread sheet.

CSS Style Sheet

CSS Style sheets are used to define font faces, styles, sizes and colors for consistency throughout the site. It also makes it very easy to change styles, fonts and colors, site-wide, with only a few minor changes in the style sheet.

Website Favicon

A favicon is a small image that displays in the address bar and on the favorites menu when someone bookmarks or adds your website to their "Favorites". Creation of a favicon is included in all custom website development projects.

Response Forms / Email Contact Forms

I always recommend at least one contact form for your visitor’s convenience. Using a contact form, a visitor can email you directly from your website without needing to open their email program. This is especially convenient if a visitor is not using their own computer when their email program is not available. It is also much more secure and prevents unwanted "spam". I use "Captcha" security images to validate that a real visitor is filling out your form and not some "spam-bot".

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Testing Phase

Search Engine Readiness Check

Meta Tags, Page Titles, Page Heading, Alt Image Tags, Link Text, and Page Body Text evaluation and adjustment where needed throughout the website. At no time can I guarantee when or where the search engines will place your website within their search results or directory.

HTML and CSS Validation per W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Coding Standards

I am very picky about the quality of your HTML and CSS coding. I make sure that every HTML document and CSS style sheet validates as compliant with the latest W3C standards. Web pages that use the W3C standards of coding helps ensure that your web pages will render consistently in all of the major browsers. To see an example of this, check the page you are reading now and how the HTML code validates with the W3C by clicking here.

Browser Compatibility Testing

Your website is tested on a variety of browsers to insure proper display and functionality. I test with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Google Chrome. If your webpage content does not display exactly the same in all of these browsers, I adjust the code until it does!

Grammar & Spell Check

Before the website is launched, a grammar and spell check is performed to insure there are no mistakes.

Dead Link Check

A thorough check for misdirected links and missing files is performed just prior to as well as after the launch of the website.

Forms / Programming

Any email contact forms and/or programming features included in your project are tested to confirm they are functioning as required.

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Launch Phase

Final Payment

Final payment is always due before I publish your website live on your domain. Upon receipt of final payment, your website will be live within minutes and you will be emailed a final/paid in full receipt.

Launch Website

All necessary website files and scripts are copied to your domain and databases are setup.

Error Testing

After the website is live, any interactive programming and scripts are tested to verify proper function. Since the design and testing phase sometimes occurs on a different hosting server, it is very important to once again verify that everything is working correctly after the website goes live on the permanent hosting server.

Website Files

After launch and testing of the website, you are provided with a burned CR-R of your website and an archive of all website files.

Basic Search Engine Submission

Hand submission and automated search engine submission occurs after launching, testing and fixing any issues there may have been. (A full Search Engine Optimization is available for an additional fee if interested.)

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Completion Phase

Minor Adjustments / Changes

Minor adjustments to the website are included at no charge for up to 30 days after the website has launched (maximum of up to 3 hours labor). Minor changes include adding changing text, adding or changing photos, etc. Any major revision requests will require additional discussion and possibly incur a fee.

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Hosting Features:

Online File Manager
Email accounts @yourdomain
Web Based Email Interface or POP3 Access
Online Web Stats (invisible hit counter)
Website Backup Utility
MySQL Database Management
phpBB Bulletin Board Forum
Chat Room
Add/remove sub-domains
Custom error pages
FTP Access
Auto responders
Addon Domains / Directories
Many more features ...

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Optional Addons

Addons That Can Purchased for a One-Time Fee

e-Commerce (PayPal) "Buy Now" buttons and PayPal store front
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Branded Email Template
Tell-A-Friend About This Site Email Form
Flash Effects & Animation
Secure Forms using graphic "Captcha" Security Codes
Site Search
News/Article Posting
Photo Gallery
Community Forum
Events Calendar
And more!

Optional Addons pricing will vary. To obtain pricing, please inquire about the specific addon you wish to include.

Optional Addons may be limited by what programming languages your host supports. If you intend to host with me, all addons would be available to you, if desired, for an additional fee.

Affordable Website Development to suit your needs!

Get started today! Fill out my Website Design Quote.

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Computer Consulting

Computer Repair
Virus & Spyware Removal
Software / OS Optimization

I hold the following

Master CIW Designer
A+ Certified
i-Net+ Certified