If you order a website for your business from us, you need to tell us what you want the site to do and what you want visitors to do. To one or degree or another you need to provide us with text for your pages, details of any specific colour scheme you want us to use, and supply any images or logos you want us to use. There are lots of things we can or will do for you but these are the basics. We can and will talk you through all these things but if you'd like to read up on some of the things that go into building a website, keep reading!
If you don't already have a domain name, it's one of the first things you should decide on (see domain names). You'll also need to have website hosting (see below), but we can help or guide you with that.
Here are a few things have to be considered when building or planning a business website:
It might sound a little obvious, but before we can create your website, and before we can even give you a design quote, you need to tell us what you want the website to do! For example, do you want to sell products online, get site visitors to send you enquiries by email, telephone you or visit your business? If customers don't provide us with their own, when planning a new website we create what is referred to as a 'design brief'. If you'd to know what goes into writing a design brief, click 'Read more' below.
The most important thing on your website is the 'content'. By 'website content' or 'page content' we mean the text that is used on a website. Having a pretty website isn't enough to guarantee success; your visitors (and Google) will measure your website by the words on the page. If you'd like a few guidelines on how website content should be planned, click 'Read more' below.
The images that are used on a website are important. In addition to adding visual appeal to a website, they also help to sell products and concepts. Even if you only use images to make them more interesting, they still need to be relevant and good quality. For a little advice, click 'Read more' below.
Every website needs to be hosted on a server connected to the internet, 24:7, and hosting is a very important consideration. Allied to this, you need to consider things such as how often you plan to update your website with extra information, or perhaps add extra pages in the future. For a little advice, click 'Read more' below.