Our website design process at Nancy Burgess Strategic Marketing Inc. is a bit different from many other website design companies.
Most website development companies will build you a spiffy looking site that considers your users (prospects/customers). You typically provide the copy and images.
By contrast, we also think about the details that Googlebot considers. Not just if you pay extra—but every time.
Googlebot is the robot (proprietary Google program) that crawls your website. Googlebot (and other search engine spiders) determine whether your website is on page 1 of the search returns—or page 30.
Our goal is to get your business on Google and to generate relevant website traffic. Not just for your company name but also for website users who have never heard of your company.
At Nancy Burgess Strategic Marketing, we build our websites with both your users AND the search robots in mind. Here’s our website design process.
Step 1: Define the Project and Scope
In the first phase of the project, we define your objectives for the website.
Who are you targeting as your audience? Prospects? Customers? Both? What do you want your users to do when they get to the site? How will we measure that goals are met?
In addition, we define the scope.
“How much does it cost to build a website?” business owners ask us. It depends. It’s akin to asking, “How much does it cost to build a home?”
How many pages will your website have? Do you have an existing site? Will you supply your own copy and images? How much editing does the copy need? Will you need a logo or favicon? Does your staff need training? Will you need an ongoing blog? Do you want custom illustrations or photography?
Once we know the project objectives and the scope, our digital marketing agency can provide a proposal.
Step 2: Kick off the Project
When we have a signed agreement, we lay a solid foundation for your website. This includes:
- NAP document
- Brand Identity document
- Website Audit (if you have an existing site)
- Keyword Research
At this stage, we use two proprietary documents to help build your website presence. The first we call a NAP document. It stands for name, address, and phone number. But the document contains much more than that.
Your NAP document will help portray your company in consistent ways across the internet. It will also help with SEO.
The second document is your Brand Identity document. It will help us with messaging and showcasing and differentiating your brand from competitors.
If you have an existing site, we’ll audit it with our special software. During the audit process, we’ll also look at free Google tools.
We’ll discover what’s working on your site—and what’s not. What’s more, we’ll consider up to 100 keyword phrases and how you’re ranking for them. We’ll run reports that look at local search engine optimization practices and other Google algorithm factors. In addition, we’ll see which pages have the most website visitors. We’ll see which pages Google likes to show your users. Furthermore, we’ll see if you’re making any SEO mistakes.
All this will help inform our navigation, and the words on your website.
Did your last website developer include all these steps–without you paying a LOT more?
Why bother? When Google crawls your pages, the words on the pages help tell the robots what the page is about. As a result, content in the form of words is one of the most important algorithm factors.
Step 3: Design the Website and Develop Content
This is the phase where we work our magic. We begin to build the site. At the same time, we write or edit the website copy that will go into the site. In addition to using the NAP and brand identity documents, we may interview you to better understand your business. We will apply best practices for SEO and for writing on the web.
Copy and design are done simultaneously on separate but intersecting tracks.
We’ll get you a domain name and a host, if you don’t already have one. If you lack custom photos or illustrations, we’ll scope these in and create them for you. Alternatively, you can provide photos or we can purchase stock photos.
Step 4: Review Copy and Approve Images
We’ll optimize the copy for search engines and include your brand messages. We’ll write in a way that speaks to your target audience of customers or prospects. You’ll have a chance to track changes, making edits or clarifications. We’ll review your edits and update the copy for a final review.
Likewise, you’ll review and approve the images you would like to see on your website.
Step 5: Place Assets on Website
Once copy and images are approved, we’ll place them on your website.
Step 6: Test Site
You’ll have a chance to review the website to ensure its accuracy. Make sure links work. Check for any spacing or spelling errors. We’ll want to see if the site works on all types of devices and search engines.
Step 7: Approve Final Website and Launch
We’ll update any last-minute changes and get your written approval. With your approval, we’ll push the site live.
Additionally, if you want to publicize the launch of your site, we’ll write the press release for your approval. We’ll also post it to media outlets. We can include it on social media.
Step 8: Maintain the Website
Websites need to be maintained or they will break. Whether you have us update your plugins, platform, and themes, or you have your host do it, it needs to be done.
If you’re digitally savvy and want to edit your own site, we’ll show you how. With a maintenance agreement, we’ll always make minor edits for you.
At Nancy Burgess Strategic Marketing, we’ll take you painlessly through these 8 steps of the website design process.
Whether you need a one-page site or multiple pages, we can help you build the site that meets your goals.