The revisions process is critical to the successful completion of your website. The revisions allow you to review, comment, and offer feedback to your web designer on the work they’ve completed. It also allows for a pulse check, giving you the ability to tell the web designer if they are right on track or a bit off.
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Understanding your role in the revisions process will help you reach your website goals. Below outlines questions and tips you should consider while you’re moving through the revisions process.
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Do You Understand The Web Designer’s Revisions Process?
Are you clear on their revisions process and what is expected of you? If not, tell them you will need guidance on the feedback they expect once the initial iteration is ready for review. Having an understanding of the process will help you better articulate your needs to the web designer, especially if realignment is needed. In addition to understanding the process, how much time do you have to review and get back to them? When will they need feedback from you and if you miss the deadline, how will it affect the overall completion of the project? Remember, they are working on a schedule too and if a deadline is missed, they may not be able to immediately jump back into your project.
Depending on the process of the web designer, they may create a mock of your website in Photoshop (or a similar program) and send you the images to review. When reviewing the mock, the web designer mainly wants you to comment on the structure of the page(s). Do you like the flow of the elements from top to bottom? Would you rather certain elements be rearranged a certain way? Reorganizing the structure of your web page(s) is easier and faster to complete in Photoshop than with code.
They may also want you to comment on the fonts and colors used as well. Though fonts and colors can be changed once the site is coded, coding revisions should be used to finalize functionality and button up the website in preparation for launch. In addition, images and text can easily be changed throughout the process and even after launch, so they may not need that information finalized during the design revisions at all.
When the site is coded and ready for your review, it’s your responsibility to make sure it is aligning with your goals. Though you’ve communicated your goals with your web designer, because it’s your vision, you’ll need to review and ensure they’ve interpreted your needs correctly. Of note, review and realignment (if needed) is okay and is a natural part of the revision process. Creating a website is a collaborative process that needs constant input from the client for the success of the project.
Once you have the link to your website, make sure you click through and on everything. Are there any broken links? Are elements linking to the wrong pages? Also, is the progression through the website as you envisioned, or will you need to add or delete pages?
Depending on where you are in your coding revisions, you’ll also need to test your contact form, any special functionality that has been added, and your payment gateway if you’re selling products. Testing everything before launch will allow you to identify and request solutions from your web designer before the website is launched and your revisions are over.
Understanding the revisions process and completing a thorough review of your website each time it’s asked of you ensures your website is created as you envision! Take your time, ask questions, and send your feedback in a timely manner. You can do this!
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