To help you understand the ‘who, what, where, when and why’ of website design, we created an easy-to-follow guide to ensure a stress-free experience detailing every step of the design and build process.
|1. Data collection||6. Coding of the inner pages|
|2. Homepage design||7. Integration of a CMS|
|3. Homepage approval||8. Placement of content|
|4. Coding of homepage||9. Approval and tweaks|
|5. Design of inner pages||10. Going live|
Your goals and vision are important to us and form the basis of our bespoke dental website design. To ensure a tailored service, we need to learn all about you – your brand voice, the treatments you offer (or plan to offer), your target audience as well as your existing patient base and any USPs, such as:
From this fact-find process, we design a homepage that corresponds to your goals.
Your homepage is the first page visitors will land on. That is why we will present a bespoke homepage design concept before embarking on developing the rest of your website. The design you receive will be ‘static’ until coded, which means that animations, effects and mobile responsive views will only be visible after coding (see step 4). You can suggest amendments to help us provide you with right look and feel.
Your homepage design start date is determined by our waiting list at time of accepting your project. You can see our live service status here.
Our design guarantee: We will not proceed to the next step until you love your new homepage design! The homepage design sets the style for the entire site. This will be the time to address any key design changes – these may include positioning of elements, the look and layout of the menu, homepage banner sizes, box sizes, forms, colour palette or other elements related to aesthetics.
Once you approve your homepage design, we will move to the coding of the homepage.
‘Coding’ the homepage is the process of turning a static design into a page that can be viewed in a browser (such as Google Chrome) and one that can be tested on a smartphone and tablet. The coding process is a technical process that involves taking every element of the design and piecing them together using a web design language called HTML. This is a behind-the-scenes process that breathes life into the approved homepage where movement and animations become visible.
The inner pages of your website will be designed based on the style of the approved at step 4. These pages include the treatment pages, smile gallery, testimonials, blog (if applicable) and other elements.
This is the same process as step 4, where we will start making the designs interactive. Please note that none of the designs at this stage will contain the actual content of your site.
A content management system (CMS) enables you to manage the content on the website yourself, without incurring any cost or waiting time. This is another coding process that involves us integrating a system with your newly designed website. Training will be provided after your website is launched.
By now, we will have coded versions of the homepage and internal pages, as well as a completed content management system. We will be ready to place the approved content and begin the process of providing you with a working website for review. This will include placing images and treatment animation videos (where applicable).
One step from launch and we will provide you a new website link for your review. You will be able to browse your new website. This is your opportunity to ensure we have included everything to make your website aesthetically pleasing and that it functions to your satisfaction. You can then advise us of any preferences or changes in content or images.
After approval, we will start the process to go live. This can take up to 72 hours – if we have everything we require from the previous host (where applicable). We will then share the live website address. It is advised to clear your browser history/ cache* to see the website accurately.
Once the site is live, it is recommended to test all enquiry forms to ensure the practice is receiving the emails from the site.
This stage also includes Content Management System training, supplying you with your website logins and securing your new website.
Every time you open a website address, your browser (i.e. Google Chrome / Safari) will save a copy of the website on your computer to help the site load faster the next time you access the website. The place where this copy is saved is called ‘Cache’ or ‘History’.
Caching can cause problems if you are trying to check for updates you requested from Digimax, as you may visit the site but still see the old version of the site. Worse, you may see a distorted version of the site. We recommend you clear your cache/history before re-accessing any website you are working on with Digimax, to ensure you see the latest version of the website.
Visit www.refreshyourcache.com to find out how to refresh your cache for the browser you are using.using.