It can be easy to get carried away with technology and the possibilities it offers. For any project, large or small, it is important to keep things clean and simple.
1. Identifying the purpose and main aims of a website and gathering as much information about your business and your customers at the very first stages will help shape the landscape for your project, set a direction for planning and help keep costs down.
2. After planning, comes the design and content gathering. Design looks at how the website will look and be mapped out including the user experience (how easy or pleasing a website is to use across all aspects of the entire website creation process) and the user interface (visual layout of the elements that a user might interact with in a website). Critical to the success of any website is good content, and keeping things clear and concise is key.
3. Development, testing and deployment. This is where the website is actually built in HTML, CSS, WordPress with a database. Deployment can include monitoring performance, updates and fixes. After this is point, when the website is handed over and training completed, the ongoing work will start.
After your website is built it will need to be regularly maintained and, depending on the type of website, at least some of the content updated frequently. It is important to keep in mind when budgeting for a website and associated resources (such as social media) that there may be on-going costs for your business in terms of time and money.
I design websites for small business, individuals and charities. I can create websites from scratch, or join in at any stage of a website project. I can help you choose a template and implement your website using the chosen template. With years of marketing experience behind me, I can also advise you and help you with areas such as promotion, search engine optimisation (SEO) and content management systems (CMS). Contact me today to discuss how we can work together on your new website or updating your existing website.