Focusing on what you want to achieve with the website, including any specific requirements you may have.
It's important to make sure all requirements are discussed and understood, in order to minimise delay and changes during development.
We'd also need to consider what needs to be included in the website (and what needs to be left out). For example does it need an events calendar? Should it provide access to a newsletter or other documents?
A prototype website (or mock-up) will be created based on initial discussions. This will then be used as a 'discussion document' in order to further refine the design.
Any client-supplied material such as images, copy, logo, etc. will be included where possible (for example images must naturally be of suitable quality).
Feedback is essential to ensure the website appears and functions as intended. It should be thoroughly checked to confirm design criteria and functionality requirements are met.
This is an on-going process during development. Naturally the more complex the site, the more we may need to discuss along the way. In any case, the whole website development process is a 'two-way street'.
The 'final' website will be uploaded to the host once you are 100% happy with the design. It will then be tested, and 'handed over'.
Once the website is live, I'll be there to provide further help if/when you need it.
But it doesn't end there. Over a period of several months any key words and phrases used within the website may need to be refined.
Along with good design in the first place, this forms part of the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) process, which is included with my work.