How we build a WebsiteWelcome to designing and building a website
After the new website has been built, it is our goal to make sure that clients understand how to operate and make changes to their website when needed. WordPress is a user-friendly content management system (CMS) that allows website owners to easily alter and add content once the website has been built. In recent years, the CMS has become one of the most popular tools for a variety of business structures. With its wide range of abilities WordPress is functional for anything from a small personally-run business to a large corporation. The function and convenience of the interface is exactly why we recommend it to our clients and work with them to help them build a proficient UX.
DC Dev Shop also places a prime focus on making sure that our clients maintain websites that are accessible to the visual and hearing impaired. Our goal is to make sure that your website, the strongest means of attracting and growing your business, is enhancing the use of every feature. Our process begins with discovery and UX, followed by design, development, and client training. At the end we will make sure that any questions you may have are covered before fully launching the site and setting your business ahead.
The first step of building a website. DCDS will sit down with the client and discuss why we are building a new website. Throughout the discover process we will revisit the website goals and if they align with our decisions. Our team will ask ‘why?’ several times, so be patient with us. Now is the time of understanding the thought provoking design.
We have any 3rd party integrations that need to be added to the website. This could include connecting contact forms to MailChimp to embedding Eventbrite events to the website.
If you have an existing website we will discuss what content needs to come over to the new site. If the new site will be using the same domain name we will put a plan into motion to setup link redirects to avoid any dead links and 404 pages. Existing website also gives our team insights into what content has been the most viewed and provides insights into user behavior.
Where your users come from. If it is from searching the internet, we would want to set up a good Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plan.
User Experience (UX)
Think of this as the skeleton of your website. We will have different layouts for different pages but many pages will have the same template and display different content. These page templates are associated with the sitemap and are necessary before designing of developing the site. If we are able to incorporate text and copy into the wireframes, this is the time to start thinking about it.
The DCDS design team works with existing brand guidelines and will use any design examples or inspiration provided. Our team creates a mood board with the client and is a time of back and forth collaboration. This phase of the project defines the look and feel of the site. It is what the user feels when they come to the website. Your website is your online representative that interacts with your potential clients – it should have a look and feel that your business or organizations is aiming to highlight.
We take website accessibility pretty seriously. We build websites for the visually and hearing impaired. Our sites are 508 compliant and comply with WCAG standards. All projects are served over an SSL certificate and Content Delivery Network (CDN). You can discover more about our development process by downloading our whitepaper below.