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Case Study: How LiveArt Automated StickyLife's Design Process

Stickylife website with LiveArt online product designer tool

Project Overview and Background

Starting in 2008, StickyLife.com is an online business that produces custom decals, car magnets, buttons, key chains, license plates, and other products that customers can personalize. The variety of their customers is wide: small businesses, creative professionals, schools, religious institutions, and just individuals looking for self-expression.

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Business Goals and Pains

Before contacting LiveArt, Stickylife already had a website offering custom promotional and printable products. The current design tools they used were very limited in what they could do, so Stickylife could not offer so much to their customers.

The customer experience was not good, and the functionality did not meet the needs. For instance, clipart images were static and could not be edited by customers.

The product sizes were not editable, and customers could not know how the final product would look.

As a result, the company spent much time on manual work: resizing and formatting clipart, communicating with clients, and sending the design for approval.

The whole production process was tedious and increased the team workload a lot.

Stickylife team began to feel that they needed to find a solution to optimize the current process and satisfy customers' needs. The co-founder of StickyLife, Natalee Fisher, contacted us to automate their business and streamline the orders using LiveArt Designer and our technical expertise.

 

How LiveArt Met the Needs

Working as an agile company, we started with identifying Stickylife's needs and pains by running an exploration phase where we discuss, analyze, and document requirements necessary for successful project implementation. 

Natalee wanted to have a tool that works perfectly with the Magento 1 eCommerce platform and is easy to use for the customers.

LiveArt was chosen to scale their current business and free their team from manual work so that the company can focus more on moving the business forward. 

Stickylife wanted to allow customers to personalize their product by themselves and preview all changes live. The production team would then just receive the order with the ready-to-use output file, which they can send off to printing. Bingo!

 

Once the initial requirements became clear and agreed upon with Natalee and her team, we started to build a custom solution which was an ideal approach for Natalee's request.

Stickylife offers a variety of products, including irregular-shaped signs and stickers. One of LiveArt's tasks was to leverage and develop an easy product setup in the admin area while maintaining all layers, including safety and bleed lines.

We've also developed an integration with Pixabay to improve customer experience more and make the design process more fun.

As a result, the designer has been tailored to the specifics of stickers and vinyl letter manufacturing. The tool is straightforward and works perfectly on tablets, smartphones, desktops, and many other devices despite the internal complexity.

 

"They already had a tool that they built. They customized it heavily to meet our needs. I threw out lots of challenges to improve the product, and they met them all."

 

Under the hood, our team decided to migrate the whole solution to a scalable microservices architecture to make it as reliable and maintainable as possible. Since then, we migrated the site to Magento 2 and are working on functionality and scalability improvements.

 

Results

StickyLife immediately was able to benefit from LiveArt updates and noticed an increase in sales. The process became streamlined much more, and, thus, the team has very little manual work compared to the times before LiveArt. 

Stickylife team can now focus on their business and marketing goals and does not spend their time emailing with the customers to understand their needs. Print-ready output design files they can use for production are a big time-savior for the whole team!

 

"Without them, we would not have a business. We rely on them heavily for the design tool; it's the only way customers can use our site."

 

Stickylife gave freedom in the hands of their customers to express themselves as much as possible while providing them a great and fun experience.

 

LiveArt is happy to be a part of our clients' businesses. The sky is the limit in the web to print industry!

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Checklist: 10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing Web to Print Solution

The web to print industry, along with the product customization era, is developing rapidly. Printing business owners thrive on staying competitive on the market, trying to satisfy their customers and provide them a unique experience. Modern customers want to buy custom products that fit their needs and allows self-expression. Thus, web to print tools became an integral part of online shops when you want to sell personalized products.

Considering adding an online product designer is a serious step that might be tricky sometimes for both brick and mortar businesses and eCommerce ones. To make your evaluation process effortless, we prepared a detailed checklist for choosing a web to print solution that should satisfy your business needs and streamline your orders.

 

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What product types and printing methods are supported?

The first thing to get to know when choosing an online product design tool is what kind of products it supports. Check whether the tool will allow you to set up and configure products you would like to sell. It is also essential to know whether the software allows multiple product sides. For products like decals, signs, or banners, one-sided product support may be sufficient. However, if you sell uniforms, apparel, business cards, stickers, etc., multiple side support becomes a crucial part of the product personalization process. 

Make sure that the software supports the printing methods that you use in your printing business. Here is the list of popular printing methods for custom products:

    - Screen Printing

    - DTG

    - Sublimation

    - Vinyl Applique

    - Vinyl Cut

    - Embroidery

    - Engraving

Mainly, product design software shall support standard printing methods, but some tools could be developed and aimed for specific printing methods and may not fit your needs. This part is essential to clarify because some printing methods require additional tool configuration. For instance, if you print t-shirts using screen printing, then you should control the number of colors your customers use in their designs. This flow may require custom pricing rules configuration depending on the number of colors to ensure an accurate quote. An embroidery or engraving method may require custom tweak setups like digitization or only black and white color support.

 

Can it be integrated with eCommerce platforms? 

Nowadays, the most common and straightforward way to start an online shop is to use eCommerce platforms like Magento, Shopify, WooCommerce, or nopCommerce, rather than building a website from scratch. Ensure that the product designer you want to use for your web to print business can be integrated with the platform you are currently using for your shop or are planning to use. It is also essential to clarify whether the product designer plugin is compatible with standard eCommerce themes. Usually, web to print companies provide front and back demo access for clients to test how this works in practice or suggest setting up a demo trial. Check whether the existing features fit your needs the best.

One of the crucial parts of the online business process is managing product designer assets such as product images, premade templates, colors, fonts, artwork galleries, and customers' saved designs. This managing process should be convenient and flawless for you. Thus, ask whether the company provides documentation or has any video explanation about using the admin panel and the designer.

 

Can it be used as a standalone designer?

Although eCommerce solutions are very perspective in web to print business, some printing business owners prefer standalone solutions to eCommerce-based. Let’s see why and start with a definition. A standalone app is an application that can work independently and does not require anything else to be operational. This kind of web to print tool gives more freedom and abilities for in-depth managing and advanced functionality as required per your business needs. Due to its independence, the software can be integrated into any website and used for web to print development, including complex workflows. For developers, it is essential to have software that works seamlessly and does not conflict with the main application.

If you feel that your business needs require software that can be completed independently and can collect the designs without the eCommerce integration, then a standalone web to print app will get the job done. For a standalone version, the designer can be embedded to the storefront page and managed via configuration files such as JSON structures or a simple standalone admin area. In this case, it would be helpful to ask vendors how you can manage your products, assets, and designs.

For web to print providers managing the designs is a crucial part of the printing process and requires automation as much as possible. For instance, you may need to collect all design information you can send via email to your customers and contact them back about their order or save the design ID for later use. You may also require to have a simple checkout like Foxy.io for saving order information. Ensure that the flow you get with a standalone solution will allow you to manage orders effortlessly. Once you sure the solution meets your needs, you may also inquire about integrating the designer with eCommerce platforms.

 

Is the tool easy to extend and customize?

Just like your customers want to have custom products, you may also like to have a solution you can customize and extend according to your needs and liking. For instance, you may require to translate the interface to the desired language, update visual styling, add new labels or add your custom logic. Ensure that the product design tool you consider buying is open-source, and its code allows you to extend UI controls, modify HTML and CSS or use tool API. Having the ability to modify the solution allows you to have control and customize it to provide the most desirable experience for your customers.

 

Are the custom development services available? How can I extend the functions? 

Sometimes out of the box solutions companies provide may not meet your needs fully. For some rocket science business ideas with specific customer journeys, default web to print apps does not fit. Unique UI/UX, custom workflow different from off-the-shelf solution, specific variable data printing setup, custom production output are the things that may require additional development. To give birth to your unique business idea, inquire about custom development services in vendors.

For example, LiveArt provides customization services for custom eCommerce and web to print solutions development, UI/UX development, custom production output, advanced B2B solutions, etc.

Depending on your needs, the company may suggest extending the existing functionality by adding a new feature or offer a complete custom web to print solution development.

In case the company can develop the solution tailored to your needs, ask what is required from your side. Usually, companies start the requirements analysis to discover your issues and pains. What will significantly simplify the elicitation process is the specification document. This document should include functional and non-functional requirements and also can be complemented with UI/UX mockups. In short, this document will be a guideline for the developers to implement the scope of work correctly. 

Ensure you have complete source code ownership if the company develops a custom web to print solution according to your requirement.

 

Does the web to print tool offer a live preview?

Most modern product design configurators are featured with a live preview. When the customer adds text, artwork, or selects product color, all changes are reflected on the product immediately. Having this feature can be valuable for your customers as they can personalize their products in real-time and check whether they like it before they place the order.

There are three kinds of previews: 2D, 3D, and AR preview. A flat 2D preview is sufficient for products like signs, stickers, or any other flat product. If you have products such as phone cases, bottles, or uniforms and want to provide your customers a better look and feel of the personalization process, you will benefit more from 3D preview. The difference between these previews is that 3D preview allows you to rotate the product 360 degrees and looks closer to the real product. 

Some companies offer 2D preview by default however can develop 3D preview support by request as additional customization. Find out all details about the preview in web to print solution provider you choose. You can ask them to set up your products for the personalized demo and test whether the preview they offer is suitable for you. 

Finally, the AR preview (Augmented Reality) offers a previously unavailable natural feel of the customized product. It perfectly works for almost any product type. What's more, customers can use their mobile devices to see a 3D mockup of the customized product in their environment.

 

Can I colorize my product templates or artwork?

The ability to colorize product templates or artwork is an integral part of the personalization process. As a printing business owner, you need to understand whether the product designer tool provides such a feature. To be colorized, product templates and artwork should be in vector format. Usually, web to print companies use SVG format. Thus, you may need some time to provide files in the required format if you do not have them at the start.

Some vector files cannot be used as-is to be colorized and require preliminary preparation. The complexity of this process depends on whether the vector file is correct and what your requirements are. For instance, you want to allow customers to change only one color on the product, which might work for products such as t-shirts, hoodies, signs, and some promotional products. For products like uniforms, you may need to have multiple colorizable areas complemented with the ability to apply the gradient. 

The gradient is the best way to add depth to the design and make it more attractive. Depending on your customers’ desires, they may want to add a drastic gradient or make a more subtle transition. The best methods for printing gradients are screen printing, sublimation, and DTG, which are often used for smooth transitions and accurate blends.

Sometimes, customers want to have some complicated and eye-catching gradients on designs. For example, start with green color, change it to orange color in the middle and end with a red. To please our customers, LiveArt features a multiple stops support for colorizing products with a gradient. Thus, the product template may be colorized with two and more colors gradient with different transparency so your customers can create an appealing blend. Let’s take a look at the example below:

Multiple gradients feature in LiveArt HTML5 designer

Sometimes the product template or gallery images are not compatible with the designer company provides. In this case, inquire whether the company can undertake image preparation to look nice to the end customer and allow simple or gradient colorizing.

 

Does it support mobile and the latest grade browsers?

The COVID era boosted the usage of mobiles even more. Getting the customer experience right and retaining more clients means the product design tool should work seamlessly on mobile devices. People are also more inclined to buy online on mobiles rather than using PCs. As the design tool may have many features, it should be convenient for customers to customize products on small mobile screens. Check your customers’ overall flow and ensure the tool is comfortable in use and meets your requirements.

To provide the best experience for your customers, the web to print solution should also support the latest browser versions. It is essential to test the solution on modern browser versions to ensure this works correctly. You can also inquire about the list of such browsers in vendors. Commonly, this info is described in the documentation of web to print software.

 

What technologies web to print tool is written with?

Having a product design tool with an excellent interface that meets your requirements may not be enough when talking about the web to print solutions. To scale your printing business, you should offer your customers a stable, secure, and easy to maintain solution. It is crucial to know what underlying technologies vendors used for building a web to print solution you consider using for your online shop. If more than ten years ago developers built web to print solutions on Flash, all modern applications are built on HTML5 related stack. The underlying technology shall also allow an easy embedding of the product customizer application to your solution or website.

Technologies for image processing are essential too. In this technologically savvy time, it can be beneficial for web to print companies to rely on SVG format, an industry standard for vector imaging, including responsive apps for tablets and smartphones. SVG is a vector-based format that looks clean and nice on any device and any resolution, regardless of its size. It is also capable of being converted to production-grade output files such as EPS.

If you plan to integrate the web to print solution into your B2B site, it may make sense to inquire about the backend part of the product configurator. Is it based on PHP, Java, or any other programming language? Do you need to rely on any frameworks to enable a stable solution for your web to print shop?

 

What production output does the tool provide?

One of the crucial parts of an online product design tool is having a correct output to streamline the ordering process and minimize production efforts. The production-ready files shall be as prepared as possible for immediate print without any extra processes. Ask away which output format the web to print software vendors provide. Can they tweak the output only in raster formats such as JPG or PNG or produce vector files such as PDF or EPS?

Depending on the kind of products you are selling, you might require a specific DPI. Vector output files can be resized to the required resolution upon print sourcing, while raster images should have the required DPI configured beforehand. It is equally important to know which color profile the output files shall have. If you use output files for reference, an RGB profile should be sufficient, while a CMYK profile is often required for production-ready files as colors on the printed file are most approximate to those that customers use on the web.

Design post-processing also matters. You may need to have an extra layer on the bleeding area, add cutting masks, have SKU, or put any other additional information not generated on the preview but required for production purposes.

To understand whether the output meets your requirements, you may ask vendors to prepare the personalized demo to create the design, download output files and print them.

 

Enabling web to print solution for your online printing shop allows your customers to create personalized products. At the same time, you can minimize production efforts, streamline your orders, and stay competitive on the market. Consider the solution which can meet your and your customers' needs thoroughly.

With robust, flexible, and maintainable web to print tools, you can get more benefits and take your business to the next level. Follow the above checklist to facilitate the evaluation process and be more prepared for communication with vendors. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need more information about choosing the best web to print business solution.

 

 

A Practical Guide to SVG for Web to Print [+ 4 Free Tools]

 

When it comes to creating or just adding graphical assets to the website, you can choose raster formats like popular PNG, JPG, GIF, or vector, like SVG, AI, or EPS. Nevertheless, using SVG format on the web is gaining popularity and becomes a powerful tool in the hands of designers, developers, and even printers. If you want to create logos, icons, animation, or use the image for print, SVG format is as applicable as ever. Let’s get deep into this, and we will explain what SVG is, how to use this, and why this is in demand.

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What is SVG?

SVG, or Scalable Vector Graphic, is a vector-based graphics in XML format which is used for the web and works with JavaScript, CSS, DOM, and other standards. Basically, an SVG image contains lines and curves, which can have any color value. However, some complicated SVG files can have embedded PNG, JPG images, or SVG image itself.

Created with XML, vector images can be scaled to any size without losing resolution and still can look like high-quality images, even in huge sizes. Unlike PNG, the larger the image, the less the quality. Let’s take a look at the example of zoomed SVG and PNG images.

What benefits of using SVG?

- Scalable and adaptive to all screens. All SVG assets are displayed in good quality on different screens like desktop, mobile, tablets, etc. Providing users high-grade images regardless of their devices is one of the main parts of an excellent user experience. 

- You can use a text editor to work with simple SVG graphics, for example, Notepad. This can significantly save your time on installing additional software and figuring out how to work with this. However, for the more complex graphic configuration, you may need to use some tools. We will provide a list of them at the end of the article.

- SVG is supported by all modern browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.

- Compared to raster images, SVG has a smaller file size. It is known that site speed plays a crucial role. Typically, the user leaves the page if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load. Therefore, having SVG assets instead of PNG can improve this indicator.

- SVG can be not only static. Because SVG format works with JavaScript, you can create animation, which can significantly improve your website performance. 

- Regardless of size, SVG images are high-quality, which is well suited for printing.

What does the SVG file consist of?

SVG file consists of text - SVG markup. Every SVG file starts with a <svg> tag, which contains the image’s width and height attributes. After this tag, you can add any shapes you need to create the desired graphic. For example, let’s start with a basic SVG image that contains only one line.

Code sample:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>

<svg height="210" width="500">
  <line x1="30" y1="100" x2="400" y2="20" style="stroke:rgb(115, 3, 252); stroke-width:4" />
</svg>

</body>
</html>

 

Result:

SVG uses a two-dimensional system of coordinates. This system starts from the top left corner (0,0). As you can see, the <line> contains the start point - x1,y1, the endpoint - x2,y2, style attribute defining color in RGB, and the line width. You may have already noticed that this code contains some HTML code. This means that every SVG graphics can be embedded into an HTML page directly.

Shapes

The line is just one of the basic predefined shapes which you can use for graphic creation. You can also draw other shapes like circle, rectangle, ellipse, polyline, and polygon using respective XML tags.

Code sample:

<rect width="300" height="100" style="fill:rgb(255,255,255);stroke-width:1;stroke:rgb(0,0,0)" />

 

Result:

Code sample:

<circle cx="190" cy="120" r="100" stroke="black" stroke-width="1" fill="white" />

 

Result:

Code sample:

<svg height="260" width="500">
  <polygon points="230,20 270,200 130,240" style="fill:white;stroke:black;stroke-width:1" />
</svg>

 

Result:

 

More complex shapes

Having basic shapes allows you to create plain assets. However, what if you want to create a more complicated design with unusual shapes? Here is why the <path> was created for. This attribute allows you to create curves, open and clothed paths and is one of the most adaptable SVG elements. If you want to use <path>, we recommend using professional tools for SVG creation instead of plain text editors. 

The idea of <path> is that all lines or shapes are built sequentially, from one point to another point. The tag <path> has a main attribute d, which consists of commands that can create graphics.

Let’s take a look at the rectangle created using a path.

Code sample:

<svg>
    <path d="M0,0 L300,0 L300,100 L0,100 Z" style="fill:rgb(200,50,170)"/>
</svg>

 

M set coordinates of the first point. In our case, this point starts from the top left corner. L means draw the line from the current point to the specified one. Z is used to complete the path and closes it.

Result:

The same result you will get if you use basic shape <rect>.

Code sample:

<svg>
  <rect width="300" height="100" style="fill:rgb(200,50,170)" />
</svg>

 

The <path> has many other commands that allow you to draw arcs, curves, horizontal or vertical connections with two points.  There are a lot of other path commands which can help you in creating SVG graphics.

 

Can I add text to SVG?

Yes, text can be added to SVG using the <text> tag. As for other elements, you should define coordinates for your text. Text color, size, and font values are also feasible. Please consider that font size should not be bigger than y coordinates because your text will look not entirely. You can also apply a style to your text using CSS properties. For example, font-style, font-weight, text-transform. 

Text in SVG is indexed flawlessly, so it is an excellent opportunity to keep improving your SEO. Regardless this is a standalone file or file embedded in HTML, search engines can recognize the text.

Code sample:

<svg >
  <text x="80" y="60" font-size="40" font-weight="bold" fill="green"> Text here!</text>
</svg>

 

Result:

 

However, adding text through <text> tag can cause some problems with the font-family attribute. For example, when you specify a font-family that is not available on the user’s web browser or is not installed on the desktop, tablet, etc., then this font will not be displayed correctly, or a font similar to it will be used instead. This may be risky, especially for those who sell personalized products for their decoration industries struggling to satisfy customers’ needs. In Liveart, we handle this by using vectorized text. We convert TTF, WOFF, OTF, or PFB files to JS file, where every symbol has its own <path>. This approach allows displaying text correctly without the additional need to install the font. 

Using vectorized text is also a good approach when you need to convert your SVG file to PNG, JPG, or PDF and use it for printing, as text elements will be displayed precisely with the font preserving.

 

Strokes, filters, effect, and shadows

To have your design more sophisticated, you can apply some filters, effects, and strokes. Strokes are used to define the color of a line or text. Besides color, you can set line thickness using the stroke-width property or even create dashed lines with the stroke-dasharray property.

Code sample:

<svg>
    <path stroke="black" stroke-width="6" stroke-dasharray="10,10" d="M10 20 L230 20" />
</svg>

 

Result:

When working with strokes outline, you may face some issues with the stroke-width attribute. By default, width changes are applied to the outside and inside and cause text thickness changes.

Old version of LiveArt HTML5 Designer (v0.10).

Strokes in web to print require preserving the text's initial appearance - size, thickness, etc. In the last version of LiveArt Designer, this issue was solved by changing only the outside part of the stroke while saving the original text size. Having a properly configured stroke is an essential part of output generation and its further usage. Here you can check how strokes should work:

Actual version of LiveArt HTML5 Designer (v1.0).

 

There are also a lot of filter elements that you can apply to your graphics. For example, <feGaussianBlur> for blur effect, <feOffset> for shadow effect, or <feBlend> for blending two images, and many others.

Code sample:

<svg>
<defs>
    <filter id="f0" x="0" y="0">
      <feGaussianBlur in="SourceGraphic" stdDeviation="15" />
    </filter>
</defs>
   <rect width="200" height="200" stroke="black" stroke-width="5" fill="red" filter="url(#f0)" />
</svg>

 

To identify the unique filter name, we should use the id attribute. You can also control the blur size with the stdDeviation attribute.

Result:

Unfortunately, filters are not supported by all browsers. Google Chrome supports filters only from version 8.0, Safari - from version 6.0, Opera - from version 9.6, Internet Explorer from version 10.0, and Firefox from version 3.0. To provide your users with a good experience, make sure that a default element (without filters) looks good.

When talking about the web to print, it is quite risky to use filters for production output as we are not entirely sure that the customer’s browser will support this. However, LiveArt uses filters to visualize products and create a good impression during customization. We show some parts with thread effect for products like socks to get the product preview as real as possible. One more case where effects can be applied is custom jewelry products or custom tags. For such products, we suggest applying an effect to the text to make it more visible on the reference that will be used for the stamping.

 

You can achieve a stamped effect not only with SVG filters but also using CSS based on text-shadow property, yet the last one has no SVG filter flexibility and features.

More about SVG in LiveArt

LiveArt relies on the SVG format and considers it as one of the most convenient and flexible in usage. Developing robust solutions for more than ten years, we understood that vector format is useful for our customers. Therefore, we have implemented the support of multicolored SVG graphics in our online design software, which you can use from our free artwork gallery or upload your own. SVG format allows you to resize the image to any size without getting a “Low-resolution warning.” Moreover, SVG is easy to output and ready to use without any extra conversions.

 

 

As well as graphics preparation, LiveArt also uses SVG format for product preparations, especially for multicolored uniforms. These graphics need preliminary preparation. If you are interested in preparing vector graphics, you can check our documentation or see our YouTube video.

 

 

Free tools

Inkscape

Inkscape is an open-source tool for creating vector-based graphics. This tool allows rendering primitive shapes, changing colors, applying filters, adding text, working with paths, and object transformation. Developed for working with SVG files, this tool became one of the most popular free tools among designers and developers. 

Snap.svg

Snap.svg is one of the most popular JavaScript libraries that was developed for working with SVG. It is entirely open-source, free, and not inferior in functionality to such libraries as SVG.js, Two.js, and D3.js. This library can work with existing SVG files and as well as with Snap generated. This library has a powerful API that can be useful for developers. Besides static SVG files, you can create animation and provide more engagement to your website.

Method Draw

Method Draw is a straightforward online SVG editor. You do not need to install it on your desktop because this tool is available online, and you even do not need to sign up. The interface is straightforward and easy to use but provides a robust set of tools for graphic creation. You can export graphics as SVG and PNG. 

SVGOMG

SVGOMG is a free UI wrapper over SVGO that was created by Jake Archibald for optimizing and simplifying SVG images. This tool has a lot of features like removing metadata, raster images, viewbox, hidden element, empty text, and even prettify your markup. You can preview all changes by simply clicking on the respective buttons. This software is useful for developers and can help with SVG preparation for further work.


SVG is a compelling format that is gaining popularity every day. There is its own format for each purpose, but as we have already found out, SVG is suitable for creating scalable logos, infographics, animation, illustrations, etc. In this article, we described only basic SVG features; however, this format has a wide range of other exciting features, which we will cover in the next articles. Stay tuned!

In case you need any assistance or have questions regarding SVG, welcome to contact us.

Our Process

If you are wondering about what happens till the moment of the order until we meet your requirements in full, and you get the ready solution, this article is for you! We are here to tell you about our process to give you a clear understanding of what and how we do.

Man listening to music in front of the computers and coding

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The project does not consist of coding only. We need to do a lot of preparations and post-coding work to create a solution that will satisfy our clients. First of all, we should carefully discuss with you which solution you want by exploring your business needs and requirements. Meanwhile, we analyze our experience from previous similar projects to understand what is feasible and what the likely estimate will be. We also offer some demos so that you could evaluate live solutions and share your feedback. The feedback helps us get more details to understand what you need entirely. We document all of the discussed requirements for further project development.

 

Our team explains then how the solution may look like as well as indicates the likely time and effort involved. Quoted hours include requirements management, solution design, development, testing, deployment, and support. Also, we communicate associated risks and timeframe as the project parameters.

 

Once we have initial requirements and know what you expect to receive, we start the development process. Our team creates a list of tasks to accomplish and to deliver a ready solution. The solution is developed incrementally in sprints. Every sprint usually takes four weeks and is allocated to a specific timeframe. To prepare a sprint, we select some tasks from the general list of tasks we created (called backlog) and start working. After every sprint, we deliver you a working demo version of the solution.

 

In most cases, it happens continuously or biweekly. Besides, we hold weekly meetings where team members discuss the progress as well as any impediments we might have down the road. You are also involved in the process, as your participation is crucial for project success. We expect the client to provide feedback, clarify requirements, answer questions, and accept features. Besides, you can see how costs are used and distributed between the tasks and can control them by going for some function or excluding it from the scope.

 

For every task and sprint, the testing and QA process follows after development. It is essential to see whether the results match the requirements and fulfill the business goal. We also ensure that the delivered software contains minimal bugs or unimplemented specifications. Should any issues arise, we communicate them immediately to discuss the associated costs to address and implement.

 

After successful testing, we publish the final demo and look forward to approval. Once you are satisfied, we are ready to deliver and deploy the solution. After the launch, we carefully control whether the solution is functional. We can also provide user assistance and solution training if necessary. It means that we can step you through the operating procedures and assist, for example, with fonts or product templates preparation. If you notice any issue, we create new tasks for it and proceed with the development in additional sprints until you are content with the solution. Once the bulk of the project development is complete, you may subscribe to the support plan for long-term maintenance.

 

Last but not least, for a stable solution, we review the requirements and list of completed tasks again. We suggest some improvements that we see will add value to the solution. You can decide whether to pursue such ideas in the subsequent sprints or revisit them later.

 

We hope you get a better understanding of how the custom web to print development process is working. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!