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getting started with
building your website

Here’s an overview of what I will need to get started and a process guide for your review before I can begin.

A domain name. This will be your website’s address (Example, richharrison.ca). You can register a new domain through most hosting companies. Many will register for your first year for free.

A web hosting account. This is where your website files are stored.

My preferred hosting provider is SiteGround. I recommend SiteGround because they rank higher than most hosting companies. They have a guaranteed 99.9% uptime and they structure their dashboard so it is easy for their clients to navigate and customize.

I believe in full transparency. If you sign up with SiteGround using my referral link, then I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I use personally and believe will add value to my clients.

My Preferred / Recommended Hosting Provider
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what I need to get started

Your Logo

PDF, EPS or high res JPEG or PNG if possible.

Hosting Credentials

Your hosting account login and/or Cpanel username and password.
(if you have one already)

Wordpress Login

An administrator login to your current WordPress site.
(if you have one already)

Images

Current and/or new images and pictures you’d like to use on your website.

Content/Copy

Page content and any updated verbiage/information for the website.

Style Guide

your branding style guide, colors, or any specific design requirements.

Please note that images taken from your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter accounts, etc are not of acceptable quality to be used on your website. These platforms reduce the file size of your uploaded images by degrading their quality. If you are going to use images that you have uploaded to your social accounts please send the original files that you had originally uploaded.

These items can be uploaded to a dropbox folder or through a file transfer service.

Below are a couple of my suggestions…

WeTransfer is a simple file-sending site that does what it says! Sending large files via email is not a reliable option. WeTransfer has made it as simple as possible – go to wetransfer.com and type in your email, the recipient’s email, a short message, and the file you want to send.

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Dropbox is a great online image/file-sharing platform. This isn’t necessary for every project, but if you have more than 15-20 images for your website or if they’re too big to send through email, I suggest that you use Dropbox. I can also use this to share important logins and credentials instead of sending them through email. I will set up a folder for the project and will share the folder with you via email. You can upload all images and files there.

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the design process

Layout and Design

A large and time-consuming part of designing a website is in the planning and layout stage of the process. I’ll create the sitemap (Page/Menu hierarchy) of the website for approval first, then I’ll design the home page and a sub-page (or more upon request) for approval.

Development

Once the site layout and design are approved, I’ll move forward with designing the entire site pages and add all functionality and plugins. I’ll make sure your site looks great and functions nicely across all devices and web browsers before moving to the final step.

Edits and Revisions

Once the site is ready for final review, you’ll be able to review each page and I can make detailed edits until the site is revised completely. I ask that you please review ALL pages to make sure all spelling, grammar, addresses, and information are correct before going live.

wrapping up and going live

Once the site is ready to go live, all unnecessary plugins, pages, images, and backend files will be removed. The new site will be backed up and saved locally, should it ever need to be restored. Once live, it may take between 24-48 hours for the new site to pull up on some devices. Some computers will need to be refreshed to see the new site, though most computers will see the new site immediately depending on the wifi connection and where they are concerning the location of the server that the website is on.

Your website logins and all credentials will be sent to you via secure email ensuring the security of your passwords. Though your logins and passwords will be saved by me locally, PLEASE SAVE ALL LOGINS FOR YOUR RECORDS AS WELL. Upon completion, you’ll receive a link to my “moving forward” page where you’ll receive tips and tricks on what to do with your new website and also information on my Care Plans which I highly recommend for all my clients.

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