How to prepare for web development FAQ

What do I need to prepare before approaching Web Design company?

We’re happy to provide as much consulting as you need, however, here are a few things that are very useful and speed up our work quite a lot:

  • Create a sitemap or rough idea of a sitemap. It could be as simple as a list of pages that you’d like to have on your website
  • Prepare and combine in one folder all marketing materials you have – imagery, branding, logos, anything that can be useful during the creative process might speed up the creative direction
  • List a couple of examples of websites you like and websites you don’t like. They don’t have to be from your industry – it is just a direction on what your preference is
  • Start collecting the content. The earlier you’ll start collecting content for your pages, case studies, testimonials, staff descriptions etc the quicker you’ll finish and that will help us finalising the process.

What is the process of website design?

We thought that it’s easiest to explain on the image:

Website Design Process at FutureLab explained

How long does the process take?

We’re a digital agency and every project we do involves creative director. This process’ length depends on how quickly our creative director creates the design that you’ll love. In our experience, this takes between 2-4 weeks including revisions and depends on the project sizes.

After the creative part, the development is hugely dependent on the size of the website, whether it’s an eCommerce and whether any integrations are involved. The simple website can take about 4 weeks of development including reviews and testing on all browsers. A complex website can take up to 6 months of development if integrations and a lot of customisation are included. It is safe to say that you will need a minimum of 6 weeks to create an amazing new website from start to finish.

What do I need to do during the process?

This is very important, often missed by our customers. You will need to book some time during the process and you will have to be accessible to us. It is important to us that we deliver a perfect solution for you, therefore your feedback in each stage is very important to us. We often will have some questions regarding the content or your preference and the quicker we’ll receive a response from you, the quicker we can make your website live and bringing your business. The time you will need to spend on the project depends on the project size and complexity and we’ll do our best not to involve you more than you should be in building your new digital presence.

What is the best way to provide the images?

Images are very important for every website and they must be high quality. Whether it’s your staff pictures or photography of your case studies, we require the following to keep a high quality of your website:

  • The image width should be minimum 2500px if the image is horizontal. If the image is vertical, ideally it would be minimum 2500px high.
  • The photography should be in .jpg format
  • The icons and logos ideally should be in .svg format; if that’s not possible we could use .png file
  • Avoid .gif files unless absolutely necessary (e.g. animations of some sort)

What is the best way to provide the content for a website?

For a clear communication and to speed up the process it’s best if you organise your content in a similar way as you would organise it on the website. Each page should be a separate Word document including any formatting that you’d like to keep e.g. bullet points or headings. If you provide a blog and it’s categorised, it’s very helpful if each Word document per category is in a separate folder named after the category.

What is the best way to provide the content for eCommerce products?

eCommerce products have multiple data and the best way to provide it is through CSV file. Depending on how much information you have per product, these are typical information we’re looking for where each row would be a product and the colums below would contain product information:

  • Product SKU (if applicable)
  • Product name
  • Product description
  • Product size (if applicable)
  • Product price (with a consistency GST inclusive or exclusive across all products)
  • Product promo price (optional)
  • Product shipping (if varies per product)
  • Product category (Could be in subcategories format e.g “Clothing>Man>T-Shirts”)
  • Product image
    Images can be provided as a link to existing images (URL) or a file name that will match the file provided to us. E.g. if the entry in CSV will say “school_laptop_15_inches.jpg” you will need to provide us with school_laptop_15_inches.jpg file separately – ideally all files combined in one folder