If you've ever watched a home decorating show on TV, or worked on a web design project before, you'll know all about the big reveal. While the reveal works well on TV, on the web, when time is pressing and money is precious, a big reveal is a big, bad idea.
So we have adopted a completely transparent design process to avoid working for days or weeks before revealing designs. Instead, we will work with you side-by-side for an intensive period. Here, we like to establish an incident room for your project, a place where we can work and that you and your colleagues can come and be fully involved as your project develops. Working this way, what would have taken weeks takes only days, months shrink into weeks. Giving you options, all the time!When we have finished, you will have a complete toolkit of files that are developed using markup and CSS and have been tested for accessibility and search engine visibility.
I have worked with Accugile on multiple projects and Accugile has always proven to be a competent and reliable partner. From several small projects to longer term multi-stage app development projects, they have always been a technical counterpart that can get the project done on time and on schedule – no matter what.
Accugile is really passionate about user experience and having worked in companies before where user experience is treated as just a 'nice to have', it's incredibly refreshing and motivating to work for a company that truly understands the value of the discipline.
I really enjoy being given the opportunity to try new things, learn from mistakes, and continue to improve. Accugile is very supportive and will give you the tools and equipment needed to get the job done.
Typical Web Site Design and Development Milestones
We are often asked how long it takes to design and develop a web site. There is no exact answer to this, as the time will vary based on the complexity of the project, how quickly you respond to requests for feedback and approval of certain stages, as well as how large your web site is.
However most web sites can be completed within 4-6 weeks. There are a number of variables involved – in addition to your timely response to feedback and approval requests, the scope of work will greatly affect the timeline, as well.
Preliminary Design: 3-5 Days
After we have discussed your web site needs and decide on a plan of action, we send you a contract and invoice. A signed contract and 50% deposit reserve your start date on our development schedule.
Once your start date arrives, we begin working on the preliminary design for your web site. This takes anywhere between 3-5 days for us to complete. At this point, we give you access to our Client Workroom, so that you can review the preliminary design for your site.
Design Revisions: 2-3 Business Days to 1 Week Per Round (Rinse and Repeat)
Once you’ve had a chance to look over the initial designs, you have the opportunity to provide feedback or request changes. Ideally you’ll get back to us in 1-2 business days, but we’ve had some clients take a week or more to get back to us. This is the type of thing that delays the project completion date. So how long this stage takes is really up to you…
However, once you do get back to us with any revisions, the typical turnaround time for relatively simple changes is 2-3 business days. Major changes to the design or requests for an entirely new design concept will take 1 week. We continue this process of fine tuning the design until we have your approval.
The Coding Begins - The Construction Phase: 1-4 Weeks
Up to this point we’ve really just been designing our product. Now it’s time for the product to come to life
Convert Mockups to valid XHTML and CSS
Here we basically recreate the graphical mockups in HTML form – web page form in layman’s terms. There’s no logic programmed at this point so any programmed functionality the final site will have doesn’t exist, apart from the ability to click from page to page.
Adjust for Different Browser and Resolution Types
Different browsers can render an HTML page in very different ways, so it’s always necessary to test the pages in each targeted browser, and adjustments are usually necessary to ensure the pages render properly.
Build Application Logic
Once we’ve got the site templates laid out and looking good, the next step is to build the application logic. This could be a simple process or a really complex one…even the most basic sites usually have some sort of application logic to handle contact form submissions. Regardless of the size of the site, we’ve already detailed how the application will be built in the Design Document, now it’s time to write the code.
Beta Testing: 1 Week
Until your site launches for the world to see, your site is in “beta.” This means the site is undergoing testing of all its functionality and any final design tweaks. There may be several rounds of beta testing to ensure the site functions properly, so be patient and don’t panic if it doesn’t all go right the first time. It’s better to find out now that there are issues than after the site goes live.
Launch of Web Site - Client Approval: 1-3 Days
Once we have your approval on the beta version of the website, we will send you a final invoice for the completed work. We do require final payment of the invoice before transferring everything from our server to yours.
After the transfer is complete, we run through a final set of tests to be sure that everything is functional, and you are all set! This marks the official launch of your web site, making it “Live” for the viewing public.
Web Site Maintenance: 2-3 Business Days to 1 Week
With a CMS driven website, you will be able to easily add and update content on your own. However if you want to hire us to make future updates for you, or to perform upgrades we are more than happy to continue working with you.
We offer several Maintenance Plans where we will update your web site for you, on a regular basis, at reduced rates. Alternatively, we also offer hourly maintenance if you only anticipate needing infrequent updates on an as-needed basis.
Simple updates to your web site are completed within 2-3 business days. Larger changes can take up to 1 week or more, depending on exactly what you need to have done.