The client that I ended up securing for this semester was with a local company based out of Fremont called Efficiency Heating & Cooling. Although I had other clients in mind, the owner of this business is a close friend of mine and he was in the most need out of all of my selected clients.
I will be doing a simple WordPress website for the company. This site will be updated by the owner so I plan to make it as simple as possible for him. Upon the creation of the site, I will also be training him on how to use WordPress and the importance of content management throughout the process.
I have already met with my client twice. The first time was to get an idea of what kind of color palate he wanted and layout for the site. As far as color palate, he basically just wanted it to be simple and to match his company’s logo that was already created for him.
For the layout, we went to a few heating and cooling sites and found there’s a common style among them that he wanted to follow. We then selected a theme we both liked in WordPress that would somewhat match that style and something that I can easily manipulate for him.
After the first meeting, I then designed a few rough comps of the homepage and an interior page for the site, as well as selected a color palate that matched the logo he gave me.
I then met with him so he could see what I had accomplished and fortunately he really loved one of my designs (that I have attached) and wants to use it. With that selected and sorted out, we then covered what pages he would like on his site.
The next step, which we are working on is getting the content sorted out. He has so far given me about half of the content that is needed for his pages (keeping in mind the 300 word per page minimum rule).
He is also in the process of gathering all of his images he wants used, which I will get when I meet with him next week. During our next meeting I also want to get his hosting set up with BlueHost. He currently has a GoDaddy account but does not have any log in information. We’ve talked about it and he has confirmed that he does want to transition to BlueHost, which we will set up during our next meeting.
So far it’s been a great experience working with him. We are friends so we get along great and we definitely work well together. We have a plan to meet at least once a week or every other week, usually on a Thursday so that will definitely help communication wise. As of right now I am just waiting on a few items from him and then I can really dive into creating this site for his company!
I hope everyone else is having great success with their clients!