Our agency has almost 20 years of combined experience in web and graphic design. Our experience has taught us how to understand each client’s needs individually while creating consistently quality work. Below is our general process. The specifics, however, vary for each project.
1. Determine Success
Like any business tool, a website has a very specific set of uses and it’s often easy to lose sight of those uses and get caught up in the details.
Our team focuses heavily on figuring out why you need a site. Is it to boost brand awareness? Drive product sales? Create a massive email list? Bring on new clients? We help you determine exactly what goals your business is trying to accomplish and how 105° West can fit into that journey.
The combination of our initial (free) consultation and a “deep dive” analysis will give us a good view of what success looks like for you and how we can implement a strategy to get you there.
2. Chart the Route
We’ve determined your goals and set off on a partnership together. Awesome. It’s time to get into the weeds. After our “deep dive” into your business, our team will create a day-by-day plan for your project. This plan will cover everything from which pages we’re planning to build to the dates they’ll be ready.
This doesn’t mean you hear from us everyday though (unless you want to, of course). This plan is simply a map you can follow along with as we embark on the journey of getting boosting your online presence.
3. Build Dynamically
Now comes the uphill climb. Our team will put your website together starting with a wireframe of the home page. Why start with the home page instead of the whole thing? That’s where the dynamic part of our process comes along. You’ll get a chance to review it and give us your feedback so we can apply your preferences to the subsequent pages. This helps our team work efficiently and lets you make sure you everything fits your specifications.
After the initial planning and foundational phases, we’ll build out the remaining pages and you can expect a finished site for review within 8-12 days (depending on the scope of the project).
4. Course Correct
We don’t expect to spit out the perfect website on our first try - that would be unrealistic. After all of the pages are put together, you’ll have a chance to go through the whole finished site and give your mark of approval. We’re dot the i’s and cross the t’s for you, so by the time it reaches your audience, it’s polished.
We don’t hang you out to dry after the release, either. Our team will stand by for a period of time (depending on the size of the project) to make revisions and answer questions.
5. Teach Independence
To prepare for the future, we strive to make a smooth handoff. We’ll teach you and your team the ins and outs of Squarespace or Shopify (depending on which platform you decide on), so that after we finish the project you can be fully independent. Don’t be intimidated - both platforms are user-friendly and don’t require coding experience. We teach you via live screenshare where we demonstrate how to do everything possible in your website (and we record it, too, so you have it for later).
If you feel that you need us to be an honorary part of your team, we’ll gladly be a longterm partner under a separate (and reasonable) agreement.
Start charting your path.
Who can apply to be a client?
Literally anyone with a head on their shoulders and a desire to making a positive imprint on the world. We work with anyone striving for success, regardless of their industry, goals, or geographical location. We only ask that you're ready to dedicate yourself to reaching your goals.
Why do you work with Squarespace/Shopify?
We consider these platforms the most robust while still being easy to manage without coding experience. It's important that you understand how to manage your website so that you don't need external support.
How do I see a project's progress?
How do payments work?
We expect the client to pay 50% before the project's initiation and the remaining 50% at the projects completion.
What type of clients do you work with?
All types. Whether you run a restaurant or have a goal of becoming a professional public speaker, our goal remains the same: to help you reach success. We do retain the right to turn projects down if we feel that your service or product directly conflicts with our beliefs or interests.
How many projects do you work on at a time?
Our team will never take on more than three projects at a time. This means that at least one member of our team is purely dedicated to your project.
How much of my time will a project take?
Between the initial consultation, the deep dive, periodic reviews, and the final review, we expect a project to require 5-10 hours of your time, depending on the type and scope of the project. This does not include any custom imagery or video that you may decide to capture for the website.
How do I communicate with you?
Once we embark on a project, we're committed to staying in close contact with you. Most of our communication is done via Asana, but you will also have a project manager on standby to answer the phone.