Building a website is much like building a house: first you draw up the plans, then you lay the foundation, build up the walls, and finally add the roof. Then the owner moves in and starts furnishing and decorating it to make it their own.
Builders need plans to work from to know how the house will be built. Likewise, web developers need plans to know how your website will look and function.
Before starting your website, we will discuss with you what your requirements are. What type of website do you want? What type of content will you be adding? How will it look and be laid out? We will use this information to come up with a detailed quote for your website (the plan), which you will need to approve before work begins. The quote will be based upon our basic website package (as seen on the left), and may increase depending on what additional features and functionality you require.
There are essentially two parts to a website: the functionality (what it does, how it works, etc.) and the design (how it looks, how it's laid out, etc.). We will come up with the functionality with you in the planning stage, but the design needs to be provided to us. You likely don't have a fleshed-out design ready to go and, understandably, don't want to pay a graphic designer to come up with one just for you. We will therefore show you some high-quality templates that you can select from. We'll purchase the one you like and use that as the basis for your website's design (allowing for customisations too).
Just as a house is built on a solid foundation (like a concrete slab), so your website needs a solid foundation to be built upon.
The foundation of a house keeps it from collapsing, and helps to protect it from certain dangers (such as water and pests).
In the case of your website, the foundation is a 'content management system', or CMS for short. A CMS is a piece of software that can be used to quickly and easily build and manage a website. Our CMS of choice is used and maintained by thousands of developers from all over the world. This makes it a very stable platform upon which to build your website, and it has the necessary security built-in to protect you from common dangers in the online world.
Building the Walls
The walls of a house divide it into rooms, and the rooms are where the contents of the house are stored. Certain types of rooms hold certain types of contents (e.g. the bathroom holds the shower and toilet, the kitchen holds the stove and sink), while other rooms can hold whatever the owner wants to store there (e.g. the garage).
Some of the contents of a house are permanent and cannot be moved (such as those listed above), but others are placed by the owner who can move them around at any time (e.g. fridge, beds, couches, etc.).
The contents of your website (the text, images, etc.) are stored in pages, and pages are how your website is divided up. Different pages can hold different content; some of which is more permanent (such as the contact form on the Contact page, blog posts on the News page, etc.), while others can be added and moved around at your discretion (e.g. the About Us page).
The roof is the finishing touch on a house. It adds another layer of protection for the people living there, such as shelter from the weather.
Additional security is also added to your website; such as spam protection for forms and email addresses, and security updates for the CMS software running your site. These additional protections give you peace-of-mind that your website is safe so you can relax and enjoy all of the benefits your new website brings to your business.
Builders don't furnish or decorate the houses they build. They hand over a blank, mostly empty house to the owner who then moves in and starts adding their own furnishings, decorations, etc. The builder might come back now and again to make repairs or add extensions, but his job is essentially over at this point. Also, he doesn't own the house; the owner has full rights to it and can modify or sell it at any time.
Similarly, we will hand you a mostly empty website. There'll be some things there, like certain pages or functionality, but it's now time for you to move in and start adding your own content. Create as many additional pages as you like, upload as many photos as you want, and rearrange the pages and menus as necessary. We will still be available to support you by fixing bugs (problems) or adding new features down the track, but the website is now yours and our job is done. You now own the website, and if you ever want to take it to a different developer or website host, you are free to do so.
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