More owners realize that the trend is to turn their business to mobile. What if you hardly know anything about the technology but you don’t want to be left out by the bandwagon? Here are a few tips for beginners on getting your website made that even more seasoned ones can use as a reminder.
Tip #1—Begin with the end in mind.
Not to sound like Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits for Highly Effective People, but isn’t it the way we start on anything? The first step is to decide what type of website you want. Is it a product showcase, a blog, a social media forum? This will save you a lot of changes later. What do you want your website to do for you?
It helps to write down what you have in mind. Here’s one idea that surprises many, but it works.
- Dedicate a wall in your room or office where you can post your ideas. Have a pen and a 3’ x 5’ Post-It notepad nearby.
- Start by writing basic ideas of what you want. Post it anywhere on the wall. Keep adding new ones every time it hits you.
- You will soon run out of new ideas and find yourself facing a wall cluttered with Post-It notes.
- Start sorting out those ideas by grouping together notes under certain categories—one could be design, the other could be content, yet another could be functions or applications.
By now you’re organizing your thoughts by 3-5 categories instead of dozens of scattered, disconnected ones. This way, you can work out one category at a time and getting a better picture of what you have in mind.
Tip #2—Choose a reputable web designer.
You may have the skills to create your own website, but could your time be spent more wisely doing something you are better at? Even more skilled, DIY web developers discover later that creating their own website took them more time than thought. The choice really breaks down to skills, time and finances.
It helps to leave the work to the pros. Professional web designers, like those at WeezLabs have the experience and resources to help you turn your ideas into reality at a very reasonable price and for a fraction of the time. Plus, you can take advantage of warrantees to maintain your site long after it has been launched.
Professional web designers can help build your website by using either existing templates, CMS or Content Management Systems (such as WordPress, Ning, etc.) or code it from scratch.
Tip #3—Choose your target audience.
Your web developer can work out your website’s design to suit the taste of your target audience. Is your target audience knowledgeable about technology and the Internet? They may be hard to impress. Or is your website a support community for people with rare health conditions? A simpler, more intuitive layout may work. Have a feel for current trends that appeal to your chosen audience bracket.
Tip #4—Decide on your website’s content.
Getting back to your wall (Tip #10), you may have already created a list of what your website content will be. From there, you can decide to include tabs and thumbnails, how many pages will be added, or how much space to dedicate to some implements such as ads, if any. Do you want a slideshow preview, a showcase of products, links to blog pages? These can be designed after you have decided the content with your chosen web developer.
Tip #5—Start with broad strokes, then add details.
At WeezLabs you can browse through hundreds of templates from their web design gallery to find a webpage that reflect the ‘feel’ that you want. Take your time playing around with colours, fonts and image combinations. It is better than having to change them later.
Once you are done with the bigger picture, then you can start adding smaller elements to your webpage. Keep a clean, clutter-free style and try to keep sub-page designs consistent with your homepage.
Tip #6—Be accessible and SEO-friendly.
Despite the number of literature on the web about search engine optimization (SEO) many still fail to remember its role on web design and development. You simply cannot ignore SEO if you want to be found by your audience.
It helps to have a Contact Us tab where people on the go can reach out for their queries. Social media links are a favoured option to many who want to make contact. Adding buttons linking to your Twitter or Facebook account makes it more intuitive.
Creating your website for the first time has its challenges. The above tips will help. You will find that more questions may come along the way, but you need not fret if you have a professional web designer by your side from day one.
WeezLabs is a team of over 70 highly qualified and experienced programmers, developers and analysts creating mobile applications for iOS and Android devices, as well as any type of application for this market. We also create high quality websites with integrated applications and stunning landing pages, many examples of which are in our portfolio. WeezLabs is able to full-scale enterprise software applications that meet the demands of cloud computing, allow secure mobile access and offer high usability with superb design for customers across the globe.
Our mission is to develop our business further through continued attention to new technology trends, adding new skills to our services portfolio and delivering software that reflects our collective experience and knowledge.