Whether a business needs a new website or is looking at upgrading their existing one, their first move is usually to contact a reputable website design company. Creating a website on your own is a daunting task, especially for someone who doesn’t have a background in web design or development, so this is a wise first step. Creating a visually pleasing, functional and fully optimized website is a delicate process, and all great websites begin with a partnership between client and developer.

There is a specific process that occurs when creating a new website for a client. If a client understands how this process works, it helps greatly in being able to communicate effectively with the design team and to speed along the process of launching the website. A company’s website is its calling card, often the first place that potential customers will go to find out what the company is all about. It is therefore crucial that everything about the website is an accurate representation of the company, from the design layout and pictures to the content. To make this happen, an open dialogue must be established between the client and design team. Many businesses like to write their own content and pictures for their website, while others prefer the designer to provide generalized content. When clients are asking for a timeline as to when the website will be done, it is valuable to take into consideration when there is content and media all ready to go for the website or if that will need to be produced; often times if a designer needs to wait for content from the client the design process is delayed.

It is beneficial for the client to understand the basics of what will happen before their website is launched online. First of all, Smartweb Canada will ask that the client reads and fills out a registration form, which can be found on our website at https://www.smartwebcanada.com/contact-us/vdds-member-website- design-inquiry/. This is a standard procedure. It is simply to gather the clients personal information such as name, business name, and preferred payment method. This is where the terms and conditions of this contract are listed and it is important that the client have a thorough read through of this document and return it signed and completed.

The next step, after a design package and payment agreement has been made, is for the client to fill out the design brief. This form goes into more detail about the nature of the client’s business and any relevant information that should be posted on the website, such as info about the team, services provided, and any awards and achievements the client would like to list. It is important to be diligent in filling out this document, as this is our way of getting to know you and how best we can represent your business online. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this form and we will gladly help you gain clarity.

If you do not already have a logo for your business and would like us to create one for you, you will have to fill out the logo design brief. This form is to tell us about your vision for your company and your brand and how best we can create a logo that represents your unique services. Take into consideration color schemes that you feel best represent your company, as well as your target audience and the message you want to convey.

The sooner you fill out these forms in detail, the sooner we will be able to get working on creating a website that makes your company stand out. If time is of the essence for you, then completing these forms as soon as you can will fast track the process. That being said, please take your time and give careful thought and consideration as you fill out these forms, as the information you provide will lend directly to the website we create for you. As always, if you have any questions our dedicated team is here to help and give you the care and attention that you deserve. Contact us today at 604-648-3232.