Each Foremost Media website development project is assigned a Project Manager in our Janesville, Wisconsin Office. This Project Manager will help guide you through the different phases of development and can be reached by phone and email during normal business hours. Each member of our Project Management Team has a strong background in marketing as well as Web development. This allows our Project Managers to help translate your marketing needs into technical terms for the Development Team (The programming geeks). Although the website design process includes many individual steps and details, the general development process can be broken into 6 distinct phases:
Good Web design starts with usability and content. It's important to layout in advance what the goals are in relation to the client/user and to understand what is needed in the final outcome. You'll want to have a general idea of what content/structure you are looking for in your site, and the message that your are trying to communicate. By knowing the goals of your website, we can better develop and design a great representation of your business!
In the design phase, the look and feel (commonly referred to as "the skin") is established. In addition to the overall website brand, we will define the general navigational structure of your website. Our professional graphic artist will lay out your website based on your logo, marketing materials, and your input. You will then have the opportunity to make any revisions until you're satisfied with your design. During this phase we will strive to ensure that:
At the completion of the Web design phase we will have at least a "homepage mock-up” that will closely resemble the finished site and a “design guide” to use as a blue print for the rest of the site. Large projects, such as e-commerce sites will require more mockups of the interior pages of the site. These mockups are used by the programmers to build an attractive and functional user interface.
In the build phase, your site is transformed from graphic concept to functional site. All of the technical elements of your unique website design are programmed during this phase; menu structures are created and pages are set up incorporating your look and feel from the design phase. Once the structure of the website has been programmed, our team will populate the website’s content. During the website build phase, Foremost Media will provide a private link to the development site so that interested parties at your company can watch us build the site in real time and provide feedback.
When the build phase of your site is completed, Foremost Media will test the site in a wide variety of browsers and different monitor sizes to make sure it works well on different operating systems and platforms. Your company's staff will also have the opportunity to test the public side of the website and test drive the admin section. In the testing phase, the goal is to make sure any bugs that may arise have been worked out, that the site development meets your expectations, and the website is ready to be launched to the world.
Once you are satisfied with the website and have approved the launch of the new site, our hosting team will work with your IT department to edit DNS and Mail records to place the site in it's full and completed form live to the outside world.
A website requires regular maintenance to function at its best. Much like you vehicle, a website is an investment and requires regular ongoing support after it launches. Things like bug fixes, custom code, plugins or design needs may come up after you had a chance to feel out your brand new site. All of these things along with our around the clock tech support create better funcionality and security for your website. Foremost Media will be there every step of the way.
If your current website is costing your company money instead of making money, let the Web marketing experts at Foremost Media take your website to the next level.