The Lifedrive Web Development Approach
How Lifedrive does business
Websites are very personal things
Everyone has different needs and objectives for their sites. Each tend to be different in shape, size, design and functionality. And it’s why we don’t give default build prices – that’s like saying “how much does a car cost”? But as we all know, each make and model of car provides something quite different. And we all have specific needs when it comes to buying our own cars.
So whilst we give some ball park figures to help, it really comes down, first and foremost, to understanding your needs. We do this via a Lifedrive Web Dev Briefing Form. We sit down with you, either face to face or over the phone, and talk through what you need. It forms the foundations on which we deliver the rest of the process, outlined below.
It’s important we get this right – nobody wants a Nissan Micra when you were actually expecting a BMW X5.
Download the Lifedrive Web Dev Briefing Form
We generally conduct our web developments in a simple 5 step project process:
The definition stage is really about gathering some detailed requirements and scoping what’s actually required. It’s a very important stage in the process, as you the client get to tell us what you need built. We get to clarify this with you, and then there’s a clear understanding of what gets designed, developed and delivered.
The design stage will include graphical aspects such as the visual look and feel for the site, as well as page templates/layouts along with any solutions design for processes/integrations.
This stage is normally quite an intensive one generating alot of work. It normally includes:
- website setup and configuration on the servers
- building and laying out the pages
- creating the navigation
- migrating and optimising the content
- Search Engine Optimisation
- integration of any additional services/systems
- Google services setup – analytics, webmaster, business listing/maps, reviews
Once everything has been built and tested in stage 3, it’s time to deploy the new website and make it live. This stage will include any switch over from an old website, including redirecting old web addresses, implementing any 301 content redirects for Google, configuring email, as well as re-testing live processes/forms etc.
This stage is generally considered optional, as not everyone has time or indeed wants to review the project or the build process. But if more than one site is being built for you, and they are being done sequentially not in parallel, reviewing what went well and what didnt can often assist in process improvement and creat efficiencies going forward.