Website Design, Build and Launch Process
As SubHub has launched dozens of websites, the company understand the most efficient and effective way of guiding a publisher through the process.
There are two options for design. You can provide your own design in CSS format or you can rely on SubHub's professional designers to create your site.
There are three main areas involved in the design process. The website's:
- Look and feel
SubHub provides publishers with a design questionnaire that they fill out. This helps decide the colours, style and tone of the site. Once this is returned, SubHub will suggest the best layout for the site based on their experience publishing similar sites.
With the layout, look and feel agreed to, you can choose whether you use your own designer or use SubHub.
If you use SubHub, the next step is to assign a designer. Most designers have an individual style suited to a particular type of project. SubHub has many associate designers to ensure that the right one is selected for your site.
After the design brief is received, SubHub helps the publisher formulate their site navigation. This will determine how the content is displayed and how easy the site is to use for the members.
There are usually several iterations of a design before the publisher is delighted with the result.
Once the website design has been signed off on, SubHub works with the publisher to decide what functionality should be built into the site. Every publication is different. For example, some of the choices include whether or not to have a discussion forum, an events calendar or a member directory.
SubHub will discuss and explain the options available and the implications of integrating them into the site.
Once the applications have been chosen, SubHub sets about bringing the different modules together to create a perfectly seamless site with a simple user control panel. At the end of the build process, the site is ready for the publisher to start adding content.
Before the site can be made visible to the public, the publisher needs to load their content.
A SubHub trainer will show the publisher how to use the control panel and upload content onto the site. This is a simple cut and paste process.
Once the content is loaded, SubHub will go through the last few checks and tests to ensure the site are ready for launch.
Finally, with the publisher's approval, the domain name will be pointed at the site and it will be available for the world to see.