Website Design Process
Here’s a good way to get your creative juices flowing to start pulling together your website—
- Create an outline of what you want your website to say, the information you want to provide to your potential customers.
- Collect URLs (web addresses) of sites you like (for their color scheme, layout, theme, etc.), preferably of businesses similar to yours.
- Write the content — flesh out your outline. It doesn’t have to be a lot—people don’t want to read essays; just the necessary details.
- Assemble photos to be included. You might need to take product photos or hire a photographer to take them, if you haven’t already. If you have quite a few, burn them onto a CD. Optionally, Here are some links to stock photography sites which offer low cost stock photos.
- Think about and write down your keywords—what keyword phrases will people search on to find your website. Keep your keywords in mind when writing your content. We will want to include them in the page titles, headings and body copy to help search engines index your site most effectively.
WHAT WE DO
You’ve heard the saying “Form Follows Function.” Well, we believe it’s true and we apply that philosophy to the websites we design. We can’t determine what the site will look like until we know what it will contain and how it needs to function. So we work with our clients to understand their needs so that their website will succinctly communicate their product and/or service.
The list below outlines the steps involved in our systematic approach to designing the best site possible to meet our clients’ needs.
- Analyze client’s goals and objectives
- Determine best solution to meet needs and budget
- Develop site plan
- Make revisions, if needed; get client approval
- Collect content — text, existing images from client
- Creative process begins — develop look and feel — produce sketches in Photoshop
- Client approves design/page templates
- Build site
- Beta test
- Upload site to “test server” for client review
- Upon client approval, site goes “live”