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Our Process

When working together, it’s nice to know what will happen and when.

Below is an overview of our process for each of our services.

Custom web design & development at theessentialwebsite.com

Custom Web Design & Development

The Nutshell:

Initial Contact • Discovery Call • Website Strategy Consultation • Contract • Prep and Design • Build and Code • Launch • Post-Party

The Details:
CONTACT

You’ll contact us here and we’ll set up an initial Discovery Call to get to know each other and discuss the overall process and game plan. Next, we’ll follow up with our Custom Website Design Questionnaire & Wish List where you’ll tell us more about your project in detail. We’ll review and set up a Website Strategy Consultation where we’ll dig deep into your business and clarify any questions regarding your wants and needs in order to create a custom and strategic Project Roadmap of each detail needed to complete your project. Bonus: The fee for the Website Strategy Consultation is applied to your project fee. Should you wish to go in a different direction after the Consultation, you still have your Project Roadmap to use as you wish.

Note: We require a Website Strategy Consultation for all web design and development projects. The only time this may not be required is if a clients’ needs include a basic, informational site containing ONLY the following pages and no additional features, functionality or forms: Home, About, Services/Work with Me, Testimonials/Reviews, FAQs, Blog, Contact.

PROPOSAL & CONTRACT

Based on the information you’ve given us and your Project Roadmap, we’ll send over our proposal, contract and the first invoice. Once the invoice is paid, we’ll get started.

PREPARATION/PLANNING SESSION

We’ll send over the steps on how to get started on our project together, information on how we’d like you to send us your content and images, and we’ll get started on the techie bits (like installing WordPress, assistance with website hosting, setting up email, etc.). You’ll send us your content, images, and anything else that will furnish your online home. This is also when we’ll have our Website Design + Strategy Planning Session to iron out any last details and get clear on your design preferences.

DESIGN

Once we receive your content and images, we’ll design mockups of your home page and inside pages according to your design preferences. If a new logo is part of your project, we’ll design that first in order to get your brand style nailed down.

DEVELOP/CODE

After you’ve approved the design, we’ll get busy building and hand-coding your new website! This is the fun part (at least for us!) as we see your site come to life! We’ll keep you in the loop as we go. Once we’ve completed building, we’ll make any necessary revisions and test everything to ensure fantastic functionality. Then, we’ll finish up any edits and get your site ready (with more coding) for mobile devices.

LAUNCH

Time to unveil your new website! You’ll let the world know on social media and email about your new online home and we’ll do the same. {Did we just hear a champagne bottle pop open?}

THE AFTER PARTY

You’ll receive your customized Website Wrap-Up Package that contains any last steps you should do along with everything you need to easily update and manage your new website.
{Ohhh, that WAS a champagne bottle! Let the dance party and world domination begin!}
Get all of the juicy details here.

Website in a Week by theessentialwebsite.com

Website in a Week Experience

The Nutshell:

Initial Contact • Discovery Call • Contract • Design Decisions • Customize and Code • Launch • Post-Party

The Details:
CONTACT

You’ll contact us here and we’ll set up an initial Discovery Call to get to know each other and discuss the overall process and what you can expect from your experience.

PROPOSAL & CONTRACT

After our chat, we’ll send over our proposal, contract and the first invoice. Once the invoice is paid, the party will begin.

PREPARATION

First, we’ll send over the steps on how to get started on our project together, information on how we’d like you to send us your content and images, and we’ll get started on the techie bits (like installing WordPress, assistance with website hosting, setting up email, etc.). You’ll send us your content, images, and anything else that will furnish your online home.

WEBSITE PLANNING SESSION

We’ll schedule a Website Planning Session to go over your design choices and needs in detail. If a new logo is part of your project, we’ll design that first in order to get your brand style nailed down.

CUSTOMIZE/CODE

Once we receive your content and images, we’ll get busy building and customizing your chosen layout. This is the fun part (at least for us!) as we see your site come to life! We’ll keep you in the loop as we go. Once we’ve completed building, we’ll make any necessary revisions and test everything to ensure fantastic functionality. Then, we’ll finish up any edits and get your site ready (with more coding) for mobile devices.

LAUNCH

Time to unveil your new website! You’ll let the world know on social media and email about your new online home and we’ll do the same. {Did we just hear a champagne bottle pop open?}

THE AFTER PARTY

You’ll receive your customized Website Wrap-Up Package that contains any last steps you should do along with everything you need to easily update and manage your new website.
{Ohhh, that WAS a champagne bottle! Let the dance party and world domination begin!}
Get all of the juicy details here.

Website backups, security and updates - Golden Maintenance Package at theessentialwebsite.com

Golden Maintenance Package
{a.k.a. Website Maintenance}

The Nutshell:

Initial Contact and Payment • Contract • Lockdown and Secure • Relief and Happiness

The Details:
CONTACT

You’ll contact us here and pay the invoice.

CONTRACT

We’ll send over our contract for your electronic signature.

PREPARATION

We’ll give you the steps to get started along with instructions to securely share your website and other important information with us.

SECURE

We’ll get started locking down, backing up and securing your website.

RELIEF

You kick back with a margarita knowing your online home is safe and secure in the hands of the experts. We worry about your website so all you have to do is run your biz.
Every detail revealed here.

Website tweaks - Update your website at theessentialwebsite.com

Website Tweaks

The Nutshell:

Initial Contact • Tweak Connect • Invoice • The Tweaks • Happy Campers

The Details:
CONTACT

You’ll contact us here and complete the Tweak Request Form. We’ll review and may set up a Tweak Connect call to clarify any questions we may have about your tweaks.

INVOICE

We’ll send over an invoice for your tweaks and a contract, if applicable (depending on the extent of the tweaks). Once paid, we’ll get started.

TWEAKS

We’ll knock out your tweaks and have you shining online in no time!

UNVEIL

We’ll both show off your shiny new updates to the world!
More info about how it works here.

Logo design & development at theessentialwebsite.com

Logo Design

The Nutshell:

Initial Contact • Discovery Call • Contract • Design • Delivery

The Details:
CONTACT & DISCOVERY

You’ll contact us here and we’ll send over our Graphic Design Questionnaire. Once it’s completed, we’ll review and set up a Discovery Call to clarify any questions we may have about your branding needs and wishes. Being clear about you and your clients will enable us to create something unique for your one-of-a-kind business.

CONTRACT

We’ll send over our logo design contract and invoice. You’ll review, sign and pay, then we’ll get started.

DESIGN

We’ll design multiple concepts for you to choose from. After revisions and your approval, we’ll finalize your logo and complete the finishing touches.

DELIVER (and the big reveal)!

Your logo files (in multiple formats), along with a custom style guide and brand board, will be delivered straight to your happy little hands. You’ll beam with pride as we both unveil your beautiful new logo to the world!
Find out the whole she-bang here.


Wanna know more? We’ve got the answers in our FAQ’s.

Ready to work together?

To get the ball rolling, the first step to working with us is to tell us little about you and your needs via our Contact form. After that, we’ll be in touch to schedule a Discovery Call where we can “meet” each other, you can give us more in-depth details, and we can answer any questions you may have about your project before hiring us.
 

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