New Zealand businesses have been choosing Activate in Christchurch for website design since 2003. Activate Design specialises in building smart, modern, affordable web design for businesses of all sizes.

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  • Custom designed for you! No templates.
  • Easy to use system for self editing.
  • Custom functionality development.
  • SEO to increase search rankings.
  • Secure managed hosting, domains, emails.
  • Professional, friendly, on-going web support.

our web design & build process

Initial Meeting - web design & build process

Stage 1  - Initial Meeting

We will chat with you to discuss your website project, this can be in our board room, on the phone, as a skype meeting, or at your preferred location.

We will discuss design and functionality requirements. Areas to cover will be:

  • What you want the website to achieve
  • Your ideas and preferred designs
  • General menu structure and number of initial pages needed
  • Functionality required; newsletter system, blog/news system, featured items etc
  • Time frames and budget
  • Hosting and email requirements
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Stage 2 - Your quote

After the initial meeting we will prepare a quote for your website which will be emailed to you with a break down of costs. On approval of this quote and a 50% deposit received we will proceed with your project.

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Stage 3 - Content

Before we can design your site, we need to know what you would like to have on it. Having content for your site before we start gives you a better design and makes the entire process more efficient. 


An initial navigation menu list from you (pages) and the content to go in these pages is required. If you have trouble writing content for your site we can do it for you through our comprehensive content writing service. This will be an additional cost if it was not included in your quote. If you have images for your site these should be given to us, or we will source photographs and images from stock sources for you. You can change these yourself later using the content management system.

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Stage 4 - Design

Our designer will prepare a website design for you. This usually consists of a few pages of your site uploaded to a temporary domain for your viewing only. This design will be a demo of your new website appearance, there will be no functionality at this point. Typically, content will be 'placeholder text' and 'placeholder images' indicating the general layout and appearance of your site. Upon approval of the design by you, we will proceed to the development phase of your site. This usually takes a couple of weeks depending on the size of the project. During this time it is advised that you provide us with your content text for the pages and any images required.

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Stage 5 - Development

Our website developers will develop your new design into a content management system (cms), set up the navigation and layout, and populate the site. If required, we will set up a hosting account for you and set up your email accounts. This may require a scheduled date to 'switchover' from your current host to our servers. We will contact you about this to provide a seamless transition.

Website Going Live - web design & build process

Stage 6 - Going live with your new website

Once you have looked over the site and are happy then it is time to 'go live' with your new website! Remember that the content management system allows you to edit and grow the content of your site at your own pace. So you do not need to worry if you haven't finished preparing ALL the content of your site. Get it live with the basic pages complete so you can start getting the enquiries/sales coming in asap. Then simply turn on new pages as and when they are ready!

Website Completion - web design & build process


You will be invoiced at this point for the balance of your website. It is advised to schedule a free meeting with us where we will walk you through how to edit your own content. Our CMS is so easy-to-use often this is a fairly brief meeting of around 30 minutes and can even be done over the phone. We can also look after content and future website changes for you. This will incur small fees charged on a time basis.