Welcome to the collective! Hi, I’m Zobia and I’m your designer/developer! Your space on the internet is an important part of what you do, your business, your brand, and how it is that you connect with potential clients and customers. Built by Z provides services for lifestyle and travel bloggers, creative entrepreneurs, digital media freelancers, and innovative online business owners. While there are several web designers, developers, and creative agencies to choose from out there – here are a few things that make Built by Z different:
In this guide, you’ll find what you’ll need to get started and what to expect!
In order to get started, you’ll set up a call via phone or video to talk about your project. We will discuss your goals for your new website, the functionality you’re looking for, and talk about style and aesthetics, colors, and fonts. Then we’ll talk about the different packages The Z Collective offers along with figuring out a timeline and budget that works best for you. After our conversation, a drafted proposal, estimate, and the contract is sent out! Once approved, I’ll need some basic information and access to be able to start working on your new project.
We collaborate on the project so that you’re involved in what your final project looks like as well as what’s happening when it’s all coming together! I will come up with a mood board, 3 logo concepts, a brand vision, and an action plan for your website. We will discuss possible platforms, tools, and other functionality that may be needed. Once our vision is aligned, I will get started on building your site!
Included in every design + development package is a logo design. You will be presented with 3 logo options that work with your mood board, colors, and fonts. You will receive two rounds of revisions once you make a selection between the concepts. With your feedback and support, we’ll utilize your chosen logo throughout your project.
The design & development of your website will happen in milestones. For lifestyle and travel bloggers, your website project might take 2-4 weeks and will include a rough draft, a work in progress, a revision (second draft), and a final project. For web clients, depending on your project, your project will take 3-6 weeks and will include a rough draft, a work in progress, two revisions (second and pre-final draft), and a final project.
Development for your project is either created and rendered locally, built upon WordPress (using the Genesis framework), SquareSpace, ShowIt, Shopify, or Adobe XD. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure what platform to choose, what might work best for you, or being involved in the coding process. This is the part I take off your hands so you can simply approve the work being done, get excited for launch, and sit back knowing that anything that might get too techy – I’m here for!
For anyone using the WordPress, SquareSpace, and Shopify platforms, e-commerce integration is supported! If you have services, products, ads, or digital goodies to sell – definitely talk to me about integration during our first call and we can add that feature to your plan of action! NOTE: Most packages come with this feature anyway!
If you have an existing website, the content will be backed up and exported to your new site. If you do not have an existing website and this is your first time working on getting online. We can come up with some great copy for your business as part of the overall package you receive. You tell me about your business, your products, and your services, and I’ll write some stellar copy for your site. You can also write your own copy if you feel your voice needs to be heard (like it should be)! I can definitely help tweak your copy as we go along.
Once your final project is approved, we’ll set a launch date and time. This is your shining moment. You can choose to keep it to yourself (although I don’t see why you would) or we can develop some social media content around it and get a virtual going! I get really excited for website launches and have even suggested that clients throw an actual launch party with friends and family so that everyone can see your website unveiled! Don’t worry – behind the scenes, I’ll fix any bugs or issues before launch your site to the world!
Once your project is launched, we won’t stop there! For 30 days, I offer full support in case your website needs a quick fix or an error occurs. If your website is hosted through The Z Collective via FatCow or FlyWheel, monthly backups will be initiated and upgrades will be scheduled for maintenance for as long as you are a client. If your website is hosted through another hosting provider, feel free to hire me as needed at my hourly rate to maintain your website or talk to me about maintenance packages!
*As of April 2021 – Built by Z is an umbrella brand under The Z Collective LLC