When deciding to create a website it always helps to feel more comfortable with the process and how things will proceed.

Depending on your needs, your process may change. The quickest and most afordable option is purchasing a premium WordPress theme and modifying it to fit your needs.

The second option of creating a custom WordPress theme from scratch which takes a little longer but will reward you with a unique design of your own.

Follow the links below to review some of the important steps in creating a website.

 

Click here for the process of a Wordpress Website Theme 

Click here for the process of a Custom WordPress Theme

 

Premium WordPress Theme

  • We will have a  brief conversation which will help you determine the best WordPress theme for your new website.
  • I will then create an estimate proposal letting you know how much the website you would like will cost, the hours it will take to complete and a timeline for completion.
  • If you have agreed to the estimate I will then ask for 50% of the total payment before beginning the project.
  • I will now search the web for the best WordPress theme for your site. I have used a variety of themes and each have their own benefits and drawbacks. I will provide you with at least 3 different  choices and why I think this particular theme would work for you.
  • Once I have purchased the theme I will ask you to provide any text, images, logos, etc. that are needed to fill out the theme. At this time it’s important to remember that WordPress themes are very flexible but changing some areas of the site can be more difficult than others. The focus on the project at this point should be on gathering content.
  • Now that we have content in the theme we will work together getting just the right color combinations for the website.
  • At this point your  website will have the color you like, the layout you want and the content in place.
  • The next phase is to install additional plugins to make the site run perfectly. Plugins for WordPress are like options for a car. Some cars have leather, a nicer audio system, etc. WordPress plugins are like options for your  website that add new functionality. Some are free and some are not. For more on plugins and how they work click here.
  • At this point the theme should be ready to go live. I will get your sign off, accept the remaining payment  and make the site live on the web.
  • Depending on your project I may help you with SEO work, or give some additional video training so you can update your own website content.

 

Custom WordPress Theme

    • We will have a brief phone consultation.
    • I will then create an estimate proposal letting you know how much the website you would like will cost and a timeline for completion.
    • If you have agreed to the estimate I will then ask for 50% of the total payment before beginning the project.
    • Now I will create a mockup drawing of how your website will look. It will be a black and white drawing of items on the website. This works much like a floor plan for a house that’s being built. No frills, just the layout. (See example Mockup Page below)

  • We will discuss the mockup and then you will finally sign off on a mockup.
  • I will ask you to provide any text, images, logos, etc. that are needed to fill out the website.
  • I will then take the mock up to the next step by adding some color and some function to the theme. After discussing the mock up you will sign off again and I will move forward with the design of the theme.
  • At this point I will take the mockup we have and create a fully functional WordPress theme. We will then discuss the theme and you will again be asked to sign off on the design.
  • At this point the website will have the color you like, the layout you want and the content in place.
  • The next phase is to install additional plugins to make the site run perfectly. Plugins for WordPress are like options for a car. Some cars have leather, a nicer audio system, etc. WordPress plugins are like options for your  website that add new functionality. Some are free and some are not. For more on plugins and how they work click here.
  • At this point the template should be ready to go live. I will get your sign off, accept the remaining payment  and make the site live on the web.
  • Depending on your project I may help you with SEO work, or give some additional video training so you can update your own website content.