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process

At effinmod we follow a logical approach to the web design process. We work with you every step of the way and explaining technical issues in everyday English. Here are the steps involved in building your site:

Step 0. Free Consultation

This is the easiest part of the process and it’s free! By providing a free consultation we establish rapport and start the foundation of a successful business relationship.

To get started contact us here for advice about your web site project, web site hosting, and estimates for a range of options. We will call you, and during our conversation, we will establish a time to meet with you to plan an online strategy for your business. If possible, try to gather some example web sites you like before we meet, to aid the discussion.

Step 1. Site Plan and Agreement

Once we have a common understanding of the project details, we will submit a formal proposal as well as a requirements document that thoroughly describes the site we will build, and provides an exact cost, outline and schedule.

This part of the process usually involves some investment in time, however it is important because it provides a roadmap for us and it gives you the confidence that we understand your online goals.

Step 2. Hosting and Domain Name

Once we have our agreement settled, we need to get a couple things started. If you need help securing a domain name (www.yoursite.com) we will be happy to assist you. You may also need help choosing a web host. We will help you secure an affordable server solution that meets the technical specifications you require.

Step 3. Site Architecture

During this part of the process, we like to take the time to meet with you to go over how the site will function. We have some exercises, which will enable us to determine a great logical process for your visitors.

Once we define the structure and flow of your site, we will build you a few wireframes. These are basically simple line versions of how your site could be structured. This gives you an opportunity to see how the site will be built, and it’s also a great time to make adjustments.

Step 4. Visual Design

After we have agreed on the site structure, we will custom design several mock-ups based on your feedback. Mock-ups, or comps, are non-functioning graphical representations of what your site would look like. We consider issues like usability, search engine optimization, browser compatibility, and load times from the beginning. You will choose your favorite mock-up and provide feedback.

Step 5. Site Construction

Once the visual design of your site is established, we will build it using the best possible practices and standards. We also have plenty of experience with several Content Management Systems, so we have the ability to help you choose the right technology to get the job done.

Step 6. Testing and Launch

When your site construction is completed, we test it thoroughly, make adjustments and then launch the site. At this point, we can teach someone at your company how to maintain the site, or we can maintain it for you. If we will maintain the site for you, we will bill you on an hourly basis under a maintenance agreement.

Step 7. Project Evaluation

At effinmod, we care about our customers, so when the project is completed, we will offer you an opportunity to give us some feedback on how we did. We will strive to exceed your expectations, but if we don’t, please let us know how we can. At this time, we will also review the project against the requirements. This gives us an opportunity to make sure we delivered what we promised, but it also gives us an opportunity to make any improvements in our project planning process.

Step 8. Post-launch Strategies

Once your site is launched we can do some additional work on your behalf to make sure your online presence is a successful as possible. Some of the services we can offer you are search engine submission, online press releases and search engine optimization. These services fall under a search engine visibility agreement, and we are happy to work with you to come up with a good strategy.

Step 9. Follow-up

After your site is launched, we will check back with you periodically, regardless of whether or not we have a maintenance agreement. We do this because we care how your site is performing, and we believe that a web site is not a short-term business solution. We want to build long-lasting relationships with our customers built on satisfaction and trust, so we will make sure you know we still care.

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