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A website development work order is used by web designers and developers to collect information from clients who are seeking professional help related to creating, updating or improving a website.

Website Development Work Order Details

Those who offer website development services need an abundance of information from their clients before any type of work can begin. In order to work on a website, the website will need a domain name and a hosting plan in order for a designer or a developer to begin. If the site will be selling products, the developer will need to know in order to make it compatible with an e-commerce solution. A work order should ask all these questions to provide as much information in order for the developer to begin. The 4 components to a website development work order should address the following topics:

Domain and Hosting

A website can only be functional on a domain name, which can typically be bought for $10 dollars on sites like GoDaddy.com. The website will need a hosting plan (which is where the website files will be stored) in order for the website to be “live”. If the customer does not have a domain or a hosting account, it should be stated on the work order. The work order should also ask which type of CMS the client wishes to use (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.)

Access

If the customer is in possession of their domain and hosting account, the developer will need access in order to edit and perform services to website’s files and database. The easiest way to give secured access is via FTP, therefore the work order should ask for the client’s FTP host, username and password.

SEO

SEO, known as search engine optimization, is the art of making a website visible to search engines (Google, Bing, etc.). A website, in order to rank must provide useful content. The work order should ask if the client solely needs help with the structure of the website or if they need help building the content (writing, images, media, etc).

Size

Typically the larger the website, the more costly it will be initially. Ask the client how many pages they intend for the website to be.