Get your products online
So you’re ready to start selling your products online. This may seem like a daunting task for some and many questions arise in regards to starting an online store. What do I need?Where do I start? How does this work? I will walk you through the process to ensure you get a solid understanding of what it takes to run a successful shop and the tools you’ll need to get the job done. When the project is complete, I’ll offer support for up to a month after the site has launched so you don’t feel like you’re left hanging!
I use the WooCommerce platform in my eCommerce projects for its robust functionality and usability for my clients. There are hundreds of add-ons available for all types of stores and the features just keep getting better. There are many other platforms available, but I love WooCommerce and so do my clients.
Project Information Meeting
The meet and greet! Our first discussion about the project and our opportunity to get to know you, your company and how it works, your mission and vision for the company and your clients or customers, discuss your needs and plan a schedule and budget. I will be taking notes and asking questions, but I’ll also be doing a lot of listening. Please go ahead and ask any questions you may have about this process. If at any point during the project you have questions or concerns, let me know and I will get back to you with answers.
Sitemap and Wireframes
The sitemap is a written and basic visual representation of the website navigation structure and page hierarchy. This is typically a simple document using only text and black and white boxes to illustrate the navigation plan for the website. Wireframes are a “skeleton” outline of the website pages using simple black and white boxes and lines to illustrate where elements will be placed on the home and interior pages. These will be given to you as a PDF document for review via email. You will be given the opportunity to make any corrections or changes to the sitemap and wireframes. Please note that this is a crucial step in the process as it will essentially become the road map that will be followed through the entire development of the website. Once all changes to the sitemap and wireframes have been completed, I will ask for a signature on this “milestone” and proceed on to the next step. A signature on a project milestone signifies an agreement that up to that point, you are approving the direction of the project and moving forward. If for any reason alterations to any milestone are needed after signing off, I will meet with you to discuss a plan of action to determine the cause and discuss any additional design time needed to offset the change in schedule. There may be additional charges added to the project depending on the cause of the milestone change and any additional components. Diventare Creative’s hourly rate is $110 and I bill down to the quarter hour.
During this phase, I will schedule a meeting where you will be presented with a visual design concept of what the website is going to look like. This typically includes the home or landing page, an interior page and a general interface presentation which includes how buttons, forms, typography, links and other graphic elements on the web pages will look. At this time any changes in overall layout and design should be addressed and noted. At a predetermined date, I will provide via email an updated PDF document reflecting these changes. Once this updated document has been approved, I will ask for a signature on this “milestone” and proceed on to the next step.
Construction and Integration
Construction of the website is converting the conceptual artwork and wireframe into real working web pages. All coding, content areas, navigation, forms and all other page elements are created in this phase. All graphic elements, photos and text are imported and formatted to fit the layout and design of the website template.
This step is typically being done away from public view until the site is ready to launch.
Browser and Mobile Device Testing
Diventare Creative takes some time for testing the site’s rendering in the major web browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari. I do my very best to ensure all websites I build look the same on any browser, but there are times that buttons, links, boxes, text formatting and other graphic elements may look different from one browser to another. If this is ever the case with your website or if you notice any other “bugs” in functionality, please contact me with details and I will create a ticket to correct the problems as soon as possible.
Responsiveness for mobile devices including smart phones and tablets is also part of our testing process. I create websites that will work on any mobile device or smart phone and you are essentially getting a product that shape shifts to fit these other devices when not viewed from a desktop computer. Again, if you ever experience bugs or formatting issues, please contact me so I can begin a support ticket to correct the issues.