Website from start to finish
Do you want to have a website? Or, rather, do you want to have a website to suit your timeline and budget? If you do, it’s critical to find the right web designer because a webmaster can become a decisive ingredient of a website success. But before you make a decision to employ the one, you should firstly define all your business goals and expectations. By doing so, you will definitely avoid all possible disappointments and unpleasant surprises.
Every existing business should purchase a website which would include their logo, contact information, address, the marketing message and information on the products and services. When you already know for definite what you expect from your website and what functionality it has to have, it’s time to hire a web designer. Remember, that web design professionals are usually good consultants as well and they can instantly grasp your needs and find the best solutions.
Make “a wish list”. It doesn’t really matter if you’re creating a website from scratch or making changes to the already existing one, the required thing to do is to clearly picture the final expectations and results. You don’t need just a website. A poorly functioning website on its own is a waste of money. You need to be sure that the money you invest in the website would give you profits. Here are the most common objectives of a website:
- Provide information – there are many many people out there who are looking for the certain information from time to time, whether to make an appointment with a dentist or to book a table at a favorite restaurant. Hence, there exists a certain type of websites which is tailored to provide such information.
- Sell items online – this type of a website requires a bigger investment at the beginning, but yet in a while it can start to constantly generate good profits for the company.
- Customer support and service – actually, with FAQ, various forums, instructions a small organization doesn’t really need any more working staff. A website of such type will answer the most frequently asked questions over and over for you.
When the objectives of the site are clearly defined, you can be more specific. Do you need to purchase a domain name? Do you need hosting services for your website? Have you already thought what pages you want to include to your website? Are you thinking of having interactive elements such as a calculator, log-in, order tracking etc. on your site?
According to your budget, you can create a website as complex or simple as you like. With your “wish list” a web designer will be able to develop a nice project, make a schedule and plan the whole resource list.
Another important thing is to understand the process of website construction, at least superficially. If you’ve got the basic education in understanding website development process, you run a risk to end up with a poorly qualified webmaster and unexpected surprises. A good web designer knows how to create a visually appealing website, the way people scan the page and all the technical limitations which should be taken into consideration. A web developer in his turn has to know a few programming languages, HTML in particular. The HTML code makes it possible to display images and texts in various browsers. Bear in mind, that websites require regular updates. Most of the sites need to be updated more than twice a year. That’s one of the most important reasons why you should know the way your website has been built.