Process

We’re so proud of our team we encourage you to get to know each of us individually. Look through our bios and learn about not only our professional accomplishments but what we are passionate about in our time outside of work, as well. It’s the combination of these work and home interests that make us inspired group to work with. Hire one, hire all.

The Host Media people is what makes our company so special. Regardless of position, each staff member has a true passion for his or her field. We believe that team matters. The Host Media group is constantly learning, honing and striving to create the most compelling digital marketing campaigns possible for our set of clients. When you’re driven by creativity and excellence, there’s no time to let your skills get cold.


Dad Sayeed

Position: Web Designer
Profile: Dad has worked in the Internet and Net Media Industry since 2006 as a Web Designer, Web Developer and Project Manager working with  small to multi-national sized companies  gathering experience in business approaches. Dad excels in the process of creating a new business brands and knows how to effectively promote the brands using web-based marketing and advertising.  He joined our design team in 2010.


 


David Capolin
Position: Web Developer
David holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology . He has experience with Internet Marketing solutions, SEO, XHTML, CSS and providing technical support. In his spare time, David stays up-to-date on the latest digital marketing strategies, algorithm updates and is a passionate guitarist and rock climber.


Gillian Westerfield

Position: Senior Account Manager
Profile:
 Gillian has been working within the web design sector since 1999 in various Customer focused roles including Sales, Account Management and Project Management. Gillian joined the team at Enhance in 2008 and is working as an Account Manager. Her role includes liaising with the Client and the Development Team to ensure the process from conception to completion runs smoothly and is the one of the main contacts throughout the process. Gillian takes pride in her levels of customer service and support.


Dubisi Okeke

Position: Senior Developer

Dubisi is a self-taught web developer that joined Host Media initially as an intern in 2008. He is now a WordPress expert, but also has a passion for Search Engine Optimisation, making him our resident SEO guru.


Karan Rodriguez

Position: Copywriter & Brand Identity

Karan is a brand identity specialist and has delivered superb projects for us. We work with Karan on projects that require brand consultancy at the outset of the project, and often refer to him for copywriting expertise.


Ciera Maxwell

Position: Web Developer
Profile: 
Ciera is an adaptable, personable and intelligent graduate who has worked on two startups in the past two years, managing teams of two or three software developers and developing his communications & planning skills. she is passionate about web technologies and communications. Often he will be your first point of contact and work with you on design concepts as well as mapping out your online marketing & communications strategy. Ciera is very process driven, creative and attentive to detail. she loves working with clients, bringing them into the process as much as possible so they are happy with the results.


Steve Nezianya Sr.

Position: Co-founder and CEO
Profile:
 Steve has over 20 years experience in the industry, having worked with multinationals in a variety of senior roles, including: Product Development Manager, Expert System Developer and Training Manager.  Steve founded Host Media in 1997 as one of Dallas Area first web development companies, and has led the company through innovating products and service change.

Mike Jennison

Position: Chief Technical Officer and co-founder
Profile:
 ‘Mike’ heads up our Development team and has worked with the business from day one. Prior to working with Host Media, Mike had an impressive portfolio of work with a range of design and development companies,  mostly in  Europe. Proficient in LAMP web development and the programming languages including PHP, XML, XSLT, JavaScript, ActionScript, Lingo, CSS, HTML – Databases : MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL.

OUR STEP BY STEP APPROACH

SIX PHASES OF THE WEB SITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

application processThere are numerous steps in the web site design and development process. From gathering initial information, to the creation of your web site, and finally to maintenance to keep your web site up to date and current.


PHASE ONE: INFORMATION GATHERING

The first step in designing a successful web site is to gather information. Many things need to be taken into consideration when we design the look and feel of your site, so we first ask a lot of questions to help us understand your business and your needs in a web site.

Certain things to consider are:

Purpose
What is the purpose of the site? Do you want to provide information, promote a service, sell a product… ?

Goals
What do you hope to accomplish by building this web site? Two of the more common goals are either to make money or share information.

Target Audience
Is there a specific group of people that will help you reach your goals? It is helpful to picture the “ideal” person you want to visit your web site. Consider their age, sex or interests – this will help us determine the best design style for your site.

Content
What kind of information will the target audience be looking for on your site? Are they looking for specific information, a particular product or service…?

PHASE TWO: PLANNING

Using the information gathered from phase one, we put together a plan for your web site.

Here we develop a site map – a list of all main topic areas of the site, as well as sub-topics (if applicable). This gives us a guide as to what content will be on the site, and is essential to developing a consistent, easy to understand navigational system. This is also the point where we decide what technologies should be implemented – interactive forms, CMS (content management system) such as WordPress, Joomla or our favorite, Drupal., etc.

PHASE THREE: DESIGN

Drawing from the information gathered up to this point, we determine the look and feel of the site. Target audience is one of the key factors taken into consideration here. A site aimed at teenagers, for example, will look much different than one meant for a financial institution. We also incorporate elements such as the company logo or colors to help strengthen the identity of your company on the web site.

Once we’ve designed a prototype, you are given access to the Client Studio, which is a secure area of our web site. The Client Studio allows you to view your project throughout the design and development stages. Most importantly, it gives you the opportunity to express your likes and dislikes on the site design.

In this phase, communication is crucial to ensure that the final web site will match your needs and taste. We work together in this way, exchanging ideas, until we arrive at the final design for the site. Then development can begin…

PHASE FOUR: DEVELOPMENT

This is where the web site itself is created. We take all of the individual graphic elements from the prototype and use them to create the functional web site. We also take your content and distribute it throughout the site, in the appropriate areas.

This entire time, you will continue to be able to view your site in the Client Studio, and suggest any additional changes or corrections you would like to have done.

PHASE FIVE: TESTING AND DELIVERY

At this point, we attend to the final details and test your web site. We test things such as the complete functionality of forms or other scripts, we test for last minute compatibility issues (viewing differences between different web browsers), ensuring that the site is optimized to be viewed properly in the most recent browser versions.

Once we receive your final approval, it is time to deliver the site. We upload the files to your server – in most cases, this also involves installing and configuring WordPress, along with a core set of essential plugins to help enhance the site. Here we quickly test again to make sure that all files have been uploaded correctly, and that the site continues to be fully functional. This marks the official launch of your site, as it is now viewable to the public.

PHASE SIX: MAINTENANCE

The development of your web site is not necessarily over, though. One way to bring repeat visitors to your site is to offer new content or products on a regular basis. If this interests you, we will be more than happy to continue working together with you to update the information on your web site. We offer maintenance packages at reduced rates, based on how often you anticipate making changes or additions to your site.

 

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