Our Web Design Process: How We Craft Websites

Web Design Process

Here in Lafayette, we know a thing or two about blending tradition with innovation. Our food, music, and culture are a testament to that. And when it comes to web design, we at Haketi take the same approach. We understand that Lafayette businesses need websites that reflect our unique spirit, while also embracing the latest technology and design trends. That’s why we’ve developed a web design process that’s as smooth as a Cajun two-step and as effective as a perfectly seasoned gumbo.

In this behind-the-scenes look, we’ll take you through each stage of our process, from our initial consultation to the final launch and beyond. You’ll see how we blend creativity, strategy, and technical expertise of more than 20 years of experience to craft websites that not only look great but also deliver results for our clients.

Whether you’re a small business owner looking to establish your online presence or a seasoned pro in need of a website refresh, our goal is to make the web design process enjoyable, collaborative, and ultimately successful. So grab a cup of coffee and join us as we unveil the secrets behind our award-winning web design process. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Phase 1: Discovery & Consultation (Getting to Know You & Your Business Over a Cup of Coffee)

We like to kick things off in true Lafayette fashion – with a casual chat over a cup of coffee onsite or online meeting via Zoom or Google Meet. This is where we get to know you, your business, and your vision for your website. We want to understand your goals, your target audience, and the unique personality you want your website to convey.

During this initial consultation, we’ll ask you a series of questions to get a feel for your brand, your industry, and your competitors. We’ll also take a look at any existing marketing materials you have, such as brochures or social media pages.

Next, we’ll conduct a more in-depth needs assessment. This involves a deeper dive into your specific website requirements. Do you need e-commerce functionality? A blog? A custom booking system? We’ll discuss all the features and functionalities you envision for your website.

To gain a competitive edge, we’ll also perform a thorough analysis of your competitors’ websites. We’ll identify their strengths and weaknesses, and look for opportunities for your website to stand out in the local market.

Finally, we’ll present you with a detailed project proposal and timeline. This proposal will outline the scope of work, estimated timeframe, and costs involved. We believe in transparency, so you’ll have a clear understanding of what to expect throughout the entire process. Also, you as our partner will take part in the design and development process of your website because you always want to make sure that you are satisfied with the final results and your feedback is important to us as a company.

Think of Discovery & Consultation as laying the groundwork for a successful partnership. By getting to know you and your business inside and out, we can create a website that truly reflects your unique brand and resonates with your target audience.

Phase 2: Planning & Strategy (Laying the Foundation for a Website That Sings)

Once we’ve gotten to know each other and your vision, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and start laying the foundation for your website. Think of this phase as creating a blueprint for your dream house—we’re carefully planning every detail to ensure a smooth construction process.

First up is the sitemap and information architecture. This is where we create a visual map of your website’s structure and content. We’ll organize your pages and content in a way that makes sense for your users, ensuring a logical flow and easy navigation. There are several techniques used during this process including card sorting, interviews, study of information architecture of competitors, etc.

Next, we’ll move on to wireframing and mockups. These are like rough sketches of your website, showing the layout, placement of elements, and overall design direction. Think of it as a sneak peek into how your website will eventually look and feel.

Content is king, as they say, so we’ll also develop a comprehensive content strategy during this phase. We’ll work with you to create a content plan that aligns with your goals and speaks to your target audience. This could include blog posts, videos, testimonials, or any other type of content that will resonate with your visitors.

Finally, we’ll choose the right technology and platform for your website. We’ll consider your budget, functionality requirements, and future growth plans to select the most suitable content management system (CMS) and tech stack. Whether it’s a simple brochure website or a complex e-commerce platform, we’ll ensure that the technology we choose is reliable, scalable, and easy for you to manage.

By the end of Phase 2, we’ll have a solid plan in place that will guide us through the design and development process. Think of it as the recipe for a delicious gumbo—we’ve carefully chosen the ingredients and outlined the steps, so now it’s time to start cooking!

Phase 3: Design & Development (Bringing Your Website to Life with a Touch of Cajun Spice)

This is where the magic happens! With a solid plan in place, we’ll transform your vision into a tangible, visually stunning website that captures the essence of your unique brand.

Our talented designers will take the approved mockups from Phase 2 and infuse them with life. We’ll carefully select colors, fonts, and imagery that reflect your brand’s personality and resonate with your target audience. Whether you’re going for a modern, minimalist look or a more traditional, down-home feel, we’ll create a design that’s both visually appealing and user-friendly.

We know that folks in Lafayette love their mobile devices, so we’ll ensure your website looks and functions flawlessly on all screen sizes. Our responsive design approach means your website will adapt seamlessly to desktops, tablets, and smartphones, providing an optimal viewing experience for everyone.

Once the design is finalized, our skilled developers will bring it to life using the latest front-end technologies. We’ll code your website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, ensuring a fast, interactive, and engaging experience for your visitors. If your website requires more complex functionality, such as a custom database or e-commerce integration, we’ll handle the back-end development as well.

We believe that a website should be more than just a pretty face. It should also be functional, easy to navigate, and accessible to everyone. That’s why we pay close attention to user experience (UX) design, ensuring that your website is intuitive and enjoyable to use.

During this phase, we’ll keep you in the loop with regular updates and progress reports. We want you to be involved in every step of the process, so you can provide feedback and ensure that the final product meets your expectations.

By the end of Phase 3, you’ll have a fully functional, visually stunning website that’s ready to be launched into the world. But before we hit that “publish” button, there’s one more crucial step to ensure everything is just right.

Phase 4: Testing & Refinement (Perfecting Your Website Like a Fine Jambalaya)

In Lafayette, we know that a good jambalaya takes time and careful attention to detail. The same goes for website development. In Phase 4, we put your website through a rigorous testing process to ensure it’s as smooth, functional, and delicious as a perfectly cooked jambalaya.

First, we conduct comprehensive quality assurance testing. Our team checks every page, link, and button to ensure they work flawlessly on various browsers and devices. We test for compatibility with different screen sizes, operating systems, and internet speeds to ensure a seamless experience for all your visitors.

Next, we invite you and a select group of users to provide feedback on the website. We value your input and believe that collaboration is key to creating a website that truly meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. We’ll gather your feedback, make necessary refinements, and iterate on the design until we achieve perfection. We have a client portal that allows seamless collaboration between customers and our team.

Accessibility is a top priority for us. We want everyone in Lafayette, regardless of ability, to be able to access and enjoy your website. That’s why we conduct thorough accessibility testing, ensuring that your website meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). This includes checking for proper color contrast, keyboard navigation, screen reader compatibility, and other accessibility features.

We don’t stop there. We’ll also optimize your website for search engines, ensuring that it ranks well in local search results for relevant keywords. This is especially important for businesses in Lafayette, where competition can be fierce. We’ll implement basic SEO strategies, such as keyword optimization, meta tags, and sitemap submission, to give your website the best chance of being found by potential customers.

Think of Phase 4 as the final taste test before serving your jambalaya. We want to make sure every element is perfectly balanced and that the overall experience is one that leaves your visitors wanting more.

Phase 5: Launch & Beyond (Setting Your Website Free in the Digital Bayou)

Congratulations, your website is finally ready to make its grand debut! But our work doesn’t end there. Think of Phase 5 as the ongoing party after a successful launch – we’re committed to ensuring your website thrives in the digital landscape.

The first step is the official launch. We’ll handle all the technical aspects, from deploying your website to a live server to making sure it’s accessible to the world. We’ll also guide you through any necessary domain registration or hosting setup.

But launching your website is just the beginning. We’ll continue to work with you to optimize your website for search engines, ensuring that it shows up in local Lafayette search results when potential customers are looking for your products or services. We’ll track your website’s performance using analytics tools and provide you with regular reports on traffic, user behavior, and other key metrics. This data will help us identify areas for improvement and make data-driven decisions to further enhance your website’s performance.

We also offer ongoing support and maintenance to ensure your website stays up-to-date and secure. We’ll handle software updates, security patches, and any other technical issues that may arise. This way, you can focus on running your business while we take care of your website.

As your business grows and evolves, so too should your website. We’ll be there to help you make any necessary changes or additions to your website as your needs change. Whether you need to add new pages, update your content, or integrate new features, we’ll be your trusted partner throughout your website’s journey.

We’re passionate about helping Lafayette businesses succeed online, and we believe that a well-designed, functional, and optimized website is essential to achieving that success. By partnering with us, you’ll have a dedicated team of experts by your side, ensuring that your website continues to shine bright in the digital bayou. Laissez les bon temps rouler!


And there you have it – a behind-the-scenes look at our web design process, crafted with a touch of Lafayette charm and a whole lot of expertise. Just like a well-prepared gumbo, a successful website is the result of careful planning, quality ingredients, and a whole lot of passion.

We believe that every Lafayette business deserves a website that not only looks good but also effectively tells its unique story and drives results. Our collaborative, transparent, and locally-focused approach ensures that your website will be a true reflection of your brand and a valuable asset for your business.

If you’re ready to take your online presence to the next level, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. Let’s sit down over a cup of coffee and discuss how we can create a website that will make your business shine in the digital world.