Austin WebDesign

Custom Web Design Process

This following is an overview of our custom web design process.

Initial Consultation/Pre Service Agreement:

  1. Discuss customers business goals and objectives for the website.
  2. Receive requirements document from customer.
  3. Review requirement document and contact customer with any questions or concerns.
  4. If no requirement document is provided, we offer an option to work with the customer on a consulting basis to develop one.  The requirements document is absolutely necessary when developing a custom application.
  5. Once site requirements are submitted and approved, we prepare and submit our proposal to the customer.
  6. Customer accepts or rejects the proposal

Service Agreement

  1. If the proposal is accepted, we fax over the service agreement.
  2. Service agreement needs to be signed and faxed back to us.
  3. We require half of the payment for the web site as Initial payment.  The final payment is due upon completion or on a specified date.  We accept checks or major credit cards (except Discover) as payment.  Payment may be made securely through our online form.

Design Specs (look and feel):

  1. We will need your logo in electronic format (no scans).  The preferred format is Photoshop .PSD or high quality .GIF or .JPG
  2. We typically base the color scheme of the site on the logo colors.  However, this is subjective and we can base it on complementary colors or colors of your choosing.
  3. We ask that you send us 4 or 5 sites that you like and tell us why.  You may like the colors on one, the layout on the other, the ease of navigation of another and so on.  This gives us an idea of the style that you like.  Another option is to just have us design it to one of our industry leading, professional specifications.
  4. Once we get a good idea of what you are looking for in the design, we start on the design composition or “comp”.  The “comp” is a single image, non-working representation of the site.
  5. We publish the comp online for you to review.
  6. At this time, the customer either approves the comp for production or asks for revisions.  All revisions to the design must be made at the comp stage.  Otherwise, the customer will incur additional charges.
  7. Once the comp is approved, we start the actual development of the site.

Content integration

  1. Once the comp is approved, the customer should start on the content development for all the pages of the site that is under development.
  2. Content development includes written copy and images that you may want to go on specific pages.  We recommend stock images unless you have a professional photographer.  We have resources that we can recommend for stock images.
  3. When the page copy is completed, the customer should specify where the content is to be integrated.  All copy needs to be sent to us in electronic format such a Microsoft Word .DOC format.  Images can be sent in .JPG format.
  4. When we receive the content, we start on the content integration.

Web Space (Hosting):

1.    We will need to setup your hosting account at this point so your site will have a place to reside.
2.    We can register your domain name for you if you haven’t already done this.
3.    We setup a hosting account in the Rackspace Cloud.
4.    The hosting plan will be based on your site requirements.  The business account is the most popular and can easily be upgraded if necessary.
5.    The customer will need to sign up for the hosting account online.
6.    Once sign up is complete, the hosting account will be online within a few hours.

Rackspace Cloud

AWSP Utilizes the Rackspace Open Stack Cloud.  Rackspace delivers mission critical hosting solutions for AWSP customers.

Easy to Grow – Get everything you need to grow, on a hybrid OpenStack cloud that scales with your business.

Easy to Manage – Plesk Control panel provides powerful management tools.

Testing and Live deployment:

Once your site is complete, we do thorough testing before going live.
We make every effort to make sure you have adequate time to review all aspects of your site on our development server.  After you review and approve the site, we then move it to the live environment.  Once live, we test again to be sure everything is perfect!
At this point, we turn the site over to you.