Ways To Present Your Web Design To The Client
You may have designed an amazing web design mockup for your client, but if you fail to present it rightly before your client, all your effort may flush down into the gutter. And nobody would want that to happen.
So, if you want to present your web design mockup to your client like a pro, you need to choose the best option. Since there are only a few methods and each one has its pros and cons, deciding which one to select, can give you a tough time. Don’t worry go through our guide to clear the clog of confusion.
Way #1 – Present image in a subfolder or subdirectory of the site
Using this option, you can upload an image to your site and provide the URL to the client or you can upload them directly to your client’s demo site and ask them to check. The pros and cons of using this method are:
- Easy to upload
- Clients can check online which seems more real
- May be difficult for non-tech savvy clients to understand why links don’t work
- Images may appear smaller than they should so either you need to keep the client informed beforehand or stay prepared to answer questions
Way #2 – Present mockup via email
Once you have prepared an image of the mockup, mail to your client instead of uploading it to a dummy site.
- Easiest and fastest option
- Can send the main as well as supporting images such as on desktop screen and mobile device if any. Remember to place them as a good resource for adding the mockup on different devices so clients can get a better idea of how the site will look.
- The image may appear smaller than it will actually be and hence the client may need help viewing it in full mode.
- Extra space may appear around the image which will be actually absent when the site is built.
Way #3 – Present it in a PDF format
Converting an image into a PDF is no big task. You can easily save your image as PDF from PhotoShop and other programs.
- Very easy to implement
- A format every client is familiar with and typically understands how size and extra space work / look
- Clients are less likely to expect it to work
- Can add annotations
- None really
Way #4 – Present using a preview site
You can make use of a preview site, such as Preview Dump as well as other similar sites to generate an HTML preview page in just a few quick steps and send it to clients to see what the site will look like after it’s been coded.
- Appears closer to full size
- Appears in a browser which will seem more real to the clients
- Not clickable as with some of the other options
Way #5 – Create a client dashboard
Clients love when you present them with something professional. Set up a special dashboard for them on your own website and give a private access to the mockups and other project files to them. This can be done in a couple of ways. You can create content that is specific to the user. In this case, you would create a new user for your client and can use a plugin such as a User Specific Content. There are also plugins created specifically for this purpose that have a bit more functionality such as WP Customer Area. These are good ways to set this up quickly and easily.
- Clients will get a personal username and password to access the dashboard whenever they want to see mockups of their sites and check for any updates or even a link to see the site in progress as it’s being built
- Very professional look and feel
- Everything in one place
- A lot time consuming to set-up
Way #6 – Present via project management tool
You can easily find a third-party project management tool that will allow you to upload your design file, add notes and even make areas clickable. And you need not ask your client to provide feedback as they can directly do it from the tool as well.
- Makes the mockup more interactive so it feels more real
- Very professional feel
- Keeps the project well organized and on track
- Requires time for set-up and to become familiar with the tool
- Monthly fee needed
A few extra presentation tips
Don’t forget to share your reasoning behind the design, no matter how you present. Better explain it at the beginning of the project when your client discusses who their target audience is and what their online business goals are. Explain how the design helps to achieve that and what are its benefits.
This practice will help give clients another perspective for looking at the design. You will encounter with fewer change requests in future and it will have the client think about the website more strategically rather than just focusing on a “pretty” design.
Another tactic that works very well is to schedule a call to discuss the mockup. Make sure you send it to the client no more than 10-15 minutes before the scheduled call so you can walk them through it. You will not only get instant feedback from the client but will also give you the opportunity to explain your work in detail before they focus on minor parts of the site.
We have just shown you the way, the ultimate decision is yours to choose the path which will benefit both you and your client. If you’re just getting started, start simple. Focus on building up some more clients and then you can always improve your presentation as you grow.