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The finished website is something we are very happy with & we've seen a marked improvement in business since we launched the new website. I highly recommend Opus Web Design. John - MDI Medical
We're delighted with our new website, it perfectly represents our business in the most professional way. Padraig made the process so easy for us and got us online within just a couple of weeks. Tracey - Wagtails Groomers
Our website perfectly represents our business in a simple but stylish design. The website also includes a CMS so we can easily update our projects gallery with new work which means the website is always up to date. Derek - McCaul Kitchens
As the business grew and developed we needed a website that represented us better and Opus provided just what we needed. Our online order system is great too - cutting down on paperwork and driving customer engagement. Martin - Grogan Timber Products

The Web Design Process

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Our Web Design Process ensures you get the best possible website

At Opus Web Design we treat every client and website differently taking each and every project through the web design process to create a unique and effective website. Below is an overview of our web design process so you can see the steps we will take to ensure you and your business get the best website possible.

1. The brief

It is very important to us to meet with you, either in person, over the phone or through e-mail or Skype in order to create the project brief for your website. The brief will be detailed and specific and will always be documented and agreed upon in order to allow it to be referred to later in the process. Once a brief is agreed we will then be able to provide a project quote with a detailed breakdown of costs.

2. Key requirements

Based on the brief and our discussions with the client, we will first identify the key requirements that the website must meet. Is it an e-commerce website? Does the client require a content management system? Does it require animations or special effects? Factors like these would decide the design approach we take as they should be the central features around which the site is designed.

3. The competition

For business websites it is important to assess the competition. Sometimes a client requests that their new site appears higher in search engine rankings than a competitors or that it have extra or additional features therefore it is important to assess what we are up against. As a designer constantly browsing, reviewing and analysing new websites is good practice and can provide a source of inspiration for future designs.

4. The website structure

Before we begin the technical design and programming of the website we first develop ideas for the basic site structure and layout through sketching and drawing. Ideas are developed quickly and easily in this manner, and 'boxing out' the design will make the actual creation of the website a simpler process further down the line.At this stage we make a quick check-in with the client before progressing to the next stage.

5. The website graphics

Once we have identified the layout and style you want for your site we begin to create the graphics you will need for the website. This may include the website logo, banner, buttons, image maps, resizing and formatting pictures etc. All these are designed with consideration to the style and colour scheme of the website as well as optimising images for the best possible online performance.

6. The programming

With the layout decided upon and the graphics ready to be put in place we next begin programming the basic website structure. All our website are programmed to be responsive, meaning their layout will respond to look their best for all types of  devices (mobile, tablet, desktop). Once the website structure is set the graphics and content created earlier will be inserted into the relevant pages. Once again we check-in with the client so they can review the design.

7. Refining the website design

Based on the clients feedback and having reflected on the design ourselves we will make any necessary changes to the website. This may involve subtle changes to the colours, editing or changing images, changing the font style or small layout changes and spacing. Search Engine Optimisation (S.E.O.) is also be part of this process where including certain keywords, tagging images and using meta-tags are all part of the process. Again, we check-in with the client at this

8. Website testing and QA

This stage involves proofreading all the website content, testing all the links and any interactive features of the website. We  also recommend for the client to get feedback from a select group of people matching the demographic of the website's target audience to test the suitability of the website design and functionality.

9. Launch the website

Getting the website online is a big moment of the process but the old adage of 'build it and they will come' is certainly not applicable to websites. We index your website in as many search engine directories as possible to ensure visitors can find the website. We can also perform online advertising through methods like Google Adwords as well as using social media like Facebook, twitter, Google+ and others to increase your website's online presence as well as driving traffic to the site.

10. Maintaining the website

Getting the website online is not the culmination of the process. The internet is a rapidly changing and highly competitive environment and it is vital that your website is maintained and updated regularly to keep it relevant and competitive. We offer a range a competitively priced website maintenance solutions for you to choose from.