by Web Design Halton
If you need a website building from scratch then you've come to the right place, we are one of the best web designers in Halton and the Liverpool City Region. We specialise in creating custom-made user-friendly responsive websites that function correctly on all of the major browsers and devices. Web Design Halton have a number of different packages available to choose from, giving you plenty of scope for your budget.
What to expect from a Web Design Halton website
We will work with you to design a website that best portrays your business, creating an online portal for you to advertise your services to a wider audience. All of the websites that we create are always polished off with the greatest attention to detail, fully functional on various browsers, responsive to multiple devices, free from errors, typos and dead links.
Preliminary Assessment Stage
Whenever we are approached by a potential client, our first order of business is to try and establish what type, size and style of website they are hoping for us to acheive. Once we have this information, we try to ascertain what content they are able to provide us for the website, whether they have a descent amount of fresh content, as in non-plagiarized text, royalty free images and whether they already have a logo designed for their business. With this information, we can then provide a free quote for our services.
Initial Design Stage
After the initial correspondence and an agreement to procede, we then set about to work on a custom-made website for our client, this period is called the Design Stage. During this period, we work closely with our clients to gather as much information as possible before creating a skeleton design for the website. This also involves managing the menu system for the website, so that we can establish where specific pages are going to be located on the menu and how the website is going to function. Once we know the order of the web pages, we start designing a style for the website, the main base colours we are going to use and the company logo. For some clients that don't already have an established company, this is when we start to design a logo for the business.
Adding Content Stage
The next stage in the proceedings is called the Adding Content Stage, this is when we begin working on each of the pages individually. Once all of the content a client provides is added, the website begins to take shape. We always ask our clients to provide fresh content that has been typed up and added to a word document for us to copy and paste from. As has been the case in the past, clients have brought us content that has been wrote down on paper and after we've typed up the text ourselves, we're left with nothing more than a few lines of text for each page. Simply copying and pasting text from a competitors website isn't what we're after either, as this is in violation of copyright rules and could result in prosecution. The same applies to images, we need royalty free images that are not just copied from another site, but rather created by yourselves or are from a source that gives you permission to use them. If this is an issue for our clients, we can provide images for them.
Once we are happy with the level of content for each page, we then enter the Functionality Stage. This stage may involve us adding social media links to the site, website hit counters, internal and external links, slideshows, videos, audio, contact forms and blogs. The Home Page for our websites tend to have a slideshow to showcase offers, events or to highlight certain locations within the website. If a blog is to be added, we would need to figure out what kind of blog we would be building and adding the content to each of the blog posts.
Final Design Stage
Before we make the website fully responsive for different screen sizes and launch the website, we enter the Final Design stage. This involves Web Design Halton and the client working closely on the overall design and feel of the website. This can sometimes lead us to completely changing the style of the entire website, before polishing it off to look as presentable as possible.
Responsive Web Design Stage
When the website has taken shape and displays correctly with all of the major browsers on a desktop computer, we then enter the Responsive Web Design Stage. This is when Web Design Halton make the website fully responsive to different screen sizes so that it will display and function correctly on Laptops, Tablet Devices and Mobile Phones. This involves us adding more code to the website, inputting Media Queries for various screen sizes often resulting in us having to alter images for better resolutions on smaller devices. Depending on the size and functionality of the website, this can be quite a time consuming task and can sometimes take us a few days to acheive.
When we are completely satisfied with the websites responsiveness, we then enter the Testing Stage. This is when we extensively test it on multiple devices and browsers to ensure it is working correctly. Some web designers are guilty of churning out websites without properly testing them on multiple browsers and devices first, we fully test all of our websites before launching them. We always generate SiteMaps for the browsers to affectively crawl the website. We also test the websites using Google PageSpeed Insights, the W3C Link Checker and the W3C Markup Validator, ensuring the website isn't being negatively ranked by the browsers whenever they are scored by the search engines.
Once it is fully functional and our clients are happy with the website, we then enter the Launch Stage. Before the website goes live, Web Design Halton will register it with Google to help it get recognised by the main browser. We may also add website analysis code to the site so that we can collate SEO data further down the line. Following the launch, we will monitor the website for an extended period to ensure that everything is still working correctly.
After the website has gone live, it will need to be updated on a regular basis to help boost its search engine rankings. This keeps the content fresh for the browsers that crawl the site and score it accordingly. If your business is regularly offering different services throughout the year, the Website Maintenance service from Web Design Halton is ideal for your website.
What is Expected of You!
More often than not, some clients approach us with little more than an idea, expecting us to write the whole website ourselves. This is all fine and well, but if this is the case, then you can expect to pay for that privaledge, as we are not experts in all of our clients chosen fields, but merely messengers for them. Creating fresh content for a brand new website is the clients job, creating an online platform to showcase that content is a web designers job.
What is Expected from Us!
We are flexible with our websites and always try to work within our clients budget. We will keep you informed of the website during all stages of the design process. We will not launch the website until both ourselves and our clients are 100% happy with the final design. We will provide between 1 and 3 years free hosting for all of our web design projects, hosted on eco-friendly servers that are up and running 99.9% of the time.
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