Website Projects

Website project management requires a high degree of administrative and reporting skills. I provide a thorough service which breaks a project down into manageable stages, and by using up-to-date reporting and communications software you will always be up to date with the current status of your project.

Click on the titles below to find out more about the various stages of a website project.

When you've decided that you require a website to represent your business, you'll need to start thinking about what your website requirements are, this will help you to understand what's involved and will help make the most out of our free initial consultation. The types of things which you need to think about are:

  • What's your website going to be called?
  • Is a suitable domain name available?
  • Do you want to be able to edit the website yourself?
  • Who will be your target audience?
  • What websites are your main competition?
  • What type of budget do you have to spend?
The initial consultation will enable you to expand upon and complete your initial set of website requirements before I give you my quote for your project. You'll also get to know me, and how I work. I'll be able to give you plenty of best practices, tips, and knowledge so that you understand your website project and can take away solid facts that will help you make informed decisions afterwards.

The website project quote will be sent to you a day or two after your free initial consultation. It will consist of a breakdown of what will be included and (where possible) will offer various options which will help you customise the quote to fit your budget.

The quote will hold for a minimum of 90 days after it is sent to you, so that you have plenty of time to decide. If your project is of a time sensitive nature, then please reply back as soon as possible, so that I can schedule the project sooner rather than later as I do run a busy diary of bookings.

This stage involves me thoroughly going through your initial set of website requirements in order to produce a set of mock-up designs and ideas that will assist you in envisaging how your new website visitors will see visually how the site will look, and how they will interpret the initial page layout in order to navigate to other pages on the site. Although the site layout can be changed during development, it is best practice to get as close to the desired layout and navigation at this stage as it will save on development time.

(fyi: There will be a degree of contingency which will be built into the quote which is specifically for 'mid-development' 'changes in direction', and any unforeseen technical issues.)

A website project will require both design and development elements that come together in the finished site. Design relates to how the site will look, and development relates to the bringing into the site (through using third-party solutions, and custom programming) as much required functionality as possible.
If you are having a content managed website then you will require training in order to get the most out of it. When you take delivery of the completed website much of the page content updates are handled using a 'what you see is what you get' (WYSIWYG) Microsoft Word type editor. There are however some site settings which you will need to be aware of.

Instruction and training can consist of 'customised to you notes', or 'one to one tuition'. It will depend on your completed website framework and your own preference.

A component of your website project quote will be for training.

Having a content managed website does mean that regular administration and maintenance needs to be conducted to ensure that the site keeps running smoothly. The framework solutions which are used for up-to-date websites regularly have version updates released that contain website security fixes and new enhancements. Although its down to personal preference as to when new updates are applied, it is best practice to keep your website as current as possible as it can quickly fall behind if updates are very regular. Most of the time updates can be processed without any issues arising, but occasionally an update may produce an issue that requires fixing.

It is also important to regularly back-up your website after each set of updates so that you have the most recent version to hand if the site is compromised.

Although I will cover website 'administration & maintenance' during training, you may prefer for peace of mind to keep me on a retainer basis whereby I will handle backing the site-up, and applying any updates as and when required. Please refer to my pricing page for further details, but essentially a retainer contract would ensure a couple of hours of my support time each month.