The early phases were pretty straightforward; investigate the current site, competitors, and a list of provided admired sites.
I relied heavily on material provided by the client. I was given a binder with 30+ pages of skeleton content, and used that as a rough guide for the site. I improvised a few places to add accordions, tabs, or other unique features but for the most part followed the guidelines laid out.
I followed a template and built all pages according to documentation provided. Since I’m rather ignorant of car parts and systems (yes, the typical female stereotype), I left that knowledge to the experts and relied on my web design & photoshopping skills to make their content shine.
Since this site was developed with an incredibly user-friendly backend, the final step is to hand over the reins. Business owners typically prefer full control, so they are provided full instruction on updates and new content. They’re no longer dependent on a developer or IT guy to keep their site current with the latest news.