The web design and development process typically requires time and effort from both the design/dev team and the client. From conception to completion, the process can take much more time to complete than Clients anticipate or design teams estimate. Fortunately, there are some things clients can do to help speed up the web design team’ progress.
If your company is ready for a new site redesign, as a client you can help streamline the process. Check out these easy ways that a client can become more involved in the web design project while also expediting the process.
1. Create a Project Structure and Follow It!
When we build a site for a new client, our first step is to work with your web design team to create a project structure that fits your timeline and guarantees a quality site. During this phase, you’ll want to meet with your team and discuss every piece of the project, including:
- A precise launch date
- Design and technical desires
- The development of a sitemap
- Building lines of communication
- What to expect in the planning, development, and launch aspects of the project
When everyone enters the project with a clear structure in mind, both you and your development team will be able to understand what needs must be met on either side in order to launch in a timely manner.
2. Let the Planning Phase Flourish
One of the longest parts of a web design project is the planning phase. This is where your design team will begin researching your brand, industry, and competitors. Content ideas will begin flowing and the basic structure of your site will begin to take form.
Now is the time to learn about your site’s resource and hosting requirements, as well as what it will take to make the site mobile-friendly and have the completed product look the way you always envisioned it.
This is also the phase where digging into the site’s purpose comes into play. This part of planning is key because it helps you further realize what exactly your site needs to be and how it can create the best user experience possible. When planning the site with your design team, you’ll want to ask yourself:
- Why am I designing this website?
- Who is this website for?
- What would my consumers like to see on a website in my industry?
- Are my potential customers online shoppers?
In order for your website to be an effective, functioning, tool for your business, the planning phase must be allowed to flourish, and communication is most essential during this area of the development process.
3. Communication is Key to Completion
Communication from both parties throughout web development is essential to the site’s success and ensuring that the project stays on it’s planned path to launch. As a client, you can help make your design team’s job easier by always making yourself available for quick questions, scheduled meetings, or to resolve any unexpected issues that could arise during the development phase.
Without open communication, your site may not turn out the way you’ve envisioned it, and the development could take longer if your design team has to dig too deep for general information on your industry or business.
4. Follow the Advice of Your Design Team
Your web designers are in place to guide your site’s development towards success. Remember, they are always on your side and are prepared to implement the right tools and skills into the site’s development phase.
While you may be an expert in your field, they are (hopefully) experts in theirs. Strongly consider their suggestions! They should typically allow you to inspect their work and see their plan in action once designs are approved and site pages begin to be developed.
Listening to and considering your design team’s recommendations will increase the odds that the end product will be a quality site that delivers a fantastic user experience. Find a well-rounded design team that also understands search engines and can help your site receive more quality leads and visitors from search results.
Enjoy a Smooth Design Experience Through Big D Creative
Developing a new website or site redesign is always an exciting step in a business’ path to success. At Big D Creative, we want to be the design team that helps you work towards your future goals with a website that exceeds current user expectations.
We are a Dallas-based web design team that specializes in all areas of the design process and ensures that your website meets the required standards to start ranking well with search engines at launch. If you know that it’s time for an update to your website, reach out to us and let us know more about your business. We’d love to show you how our services can make your dreams a reality.