The web design process – Step 4: Development

We’re now up to the exciting part of the web design process!

The development step is where the website itself is created. 

This is done by first developing the homepage (the most important page on your website), followed by a rough draft of the other pages. 

Elements such as the CMS (content management system) like WordPress (our recommended CMS, which is used for 29% of the world’s websites), contact forms, live chat, ecommerce shopping carts, photo galleries, sliders etc are made functional during this step.

In this step you might want to think more seriously about SEO (Search Engine Optimisation – which will need to influence how you write your content), specific content that your audience would like to read about, how interactive you want your website to be (live chat or contact form only), how will you get your audience to read and stay loyal to your website (especially if you’re trying to sell something), have a privacy policy and terms of use document ready, the user experience, and basically the aesthetics of your site.

Remember that first impressions matter and your home page (most likely) will be where your audience will land. Make sure you make a good impression.

Happy designing!

If you’d like help with any aspect of your website please contact Nerdy Pandy at pandeli@nerdypandy.com.

 

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The web design process – Step 3: Design

Drawing from the information gathered in Steps 1 and 2, it’s time now to determine how your site looks and feels.

It is important to keep in mind that most people will view your website on a mobile device. Make sure that your mobile site is user-friendly and clear.

As part of the design phase, it is also important to incorporate elements such as the company logo or colours to help strengthen the identity of your company or brand on the website.

If you have chosen WordPress as your Content Management System (CMS), there are thousands of templates out there (free and paid) which may suit your purposes. Don’t think that you have to build your website from scratch, and don’t be hesitant to spend $60 on a good WordPress theme. It will be worth it in the end.

An excellent source of WordPress themes is Themeforest. One of my personal favourites is Avada.

If you choose to go with a web designer, they will create one or more prototype designs. As a website designer I will usually give you secure access to your website to view work in progress. Communication between both you and your designer is crucial to ensure that the final product will match your needs most importantly and taste. It is important that you work closely with your designer, exchanging ideas, until you arrive at the final design for your website.

What does Nerdy Pandy offer?

At Nerdy Pandy we have several services which may be of interest to our clients:

  • Complete New Website Development (from $500):

We can develop a completely new website from scratch, from hosting to launch and beyond. (Price excluding hosting and domain costs).

  • Website Care Plan (from $200/month):

Includes website maintenance, 24/7 Uptime Monitoring, Security, Search Engine Optimisation, WordPress & Plugin Updates, Premium Plugins and Speed Optimisation. In a couple of words, keeping your website up-to-date, secure and fast.

  • Website Update Plan including Content Creation (from $50/hr):

– Graphic Design for websites, e-newsletters, social media etc.
– Photography
– Podcasting
– Videography

  • Complete Digital Strategy (from $750):

Includes New/Updated Website, Email Marketing, PPC Advertising, SEO, Content Marketing, Organic and/or Paid Social Media Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Digital Public Relations, Guest Publishing, Affiliate Marketing, Viral/Referral Marketing, Premium WordPress plugins, tools & apps, Online Community & Forum.

Contact Nerdy Pandy at pandeli@nerdypandy.com for more information.

 

New Service: Website Care Plan

We are pleased to announce our new service, the Website Care Plan.

For $200/month*, this service includes 24/7 Uptime Monitoring, Security, Search Engine Optimisation, WordPress & Plugin Updates, Premium Plugins and Speed Optimisation.

*This figure is an estimate. It is based on the information provided, and may increase according to additional requests. An major work or design changes will incur a fee of $50/hr.

Contact Nerdy Pandy for more information or to register your interest.