How it Works
A website is created in three distinct stages: the design stage, the development stage, and the launch. Hillstone breaks down web design projects into those three stages. Clients are billed at the completion of each stage, in three (3) smaller billing cycles, as opposed to one big one. Our team members work remotely, doing only what they love, and what they know best. A Project Coordinator facilitates, keeping the entire project within scope, and aligned with client priorities.
Why We Are Different
Our web design business model not only allows clients to absorb the total cost of getting an online presence, but compartmentalizes the project into three separate pieces, with three separate contracts. We optimize quality by assigning a specialist to each stage. This provides closer scrutiny, resulting in higher overall quality of the end product. Clients can discuss design elements, specify website functionality and select web services with the relevant professionals, while committing to only one third of the project at a time. Our process gives clients the freedom to leave at any time, or simply pause the process between stages.
DesignNot just the creative process anymore. UX, UI and Graphic Designers develop the look and flow of your website, known as the "top layer". Your site's objective and users are discussed. The process results in a "mockup" of your ideal website. This can be a simple wireframe (we like Balsamiq), or a high fidelity mockup with vector images and ready-to-use assets.
DevelopmentThe coding stage. A developer receives your mockup and brings your website to life - in code. Discussions with developers will be about functionality, behavior and users. Whether from scratch, using a site builder or template, the files are created in your design with a mobile-first approach. Our sites are designed using best practices for scalability and SEO.
SupportYour website goes live. A domain and host are transferred or activated. The files are uploaded and the third and final billing cycle is completed. We will continue working with you to monitor your needs and experience for the next 30 days. During that time, we will also train you on updating content and general site maintenance. We also offer monthly Webmaster and SEO contracts.
At this time, we are accepting new clients for November, 2018. If your timeline is immediate and the project is smaller in scale, please open a support ticket and someone will reply within forty eight hours.