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For years, my husband and I have said “We will never build a house. It is too time consuming and there are too many decisions to make. It’s just too overwhelming”. Well, here we are, building a house.
During the process of building this house, I realized it’s just a process – just like building a website is a process. I often hear the same concerns from our clients “We want a new website but it’s too much work, it is overwhelming, how do we get started”.
First, you figure out what you need and what you want. It’s important to distinguish between needs and wants because often times the wants do not fit into the budget.
Then you have the task of deciding who is going to build it. Someone with the technical expertise as well as the skills to hold your hand through the process and make it easy. This builder or website developer needs a team behind them to accomplish the many varied tasks required to go from concept to completed product.
The next step is the blueprint. How is everything going to be organized to fit together. In the web development industry, this is referred to as a site hierarchy.
After many modifications to the blueprint, or the site hierarchy, the construction can begin. First the foundation or the website template is built. Then the walls or the content/functionality of the site are integrated. And so forth, step-by-step, the house, or the website is put together. Along the way, there are many, many decisions that need to be made but with any luck, your developer can break it into manageable pieces and use their expertise to consult with you on every aspect.
We can’t forget the beloved change orders. Early in the process of building our house, our contractor went to great lengths to make sure we understood change orders. I assured him I understand because it’s the same process used when building a website. If you want something different than what was originally defined, and it is not in the plan or on the blueprint, it’s a change order and it costs time and money.
Being very familiar with the change order process, I knew it was important to take our time and make sure everything we wanted was on the blueprint and in the plan. This up front analysis period requires a significant time commitment by the client and the builder, but it pays off later when the construction crew can work through the process, hopefully with out any change orders, and get it right the first time.