When developing a brand new website, there are so many necessary questions to consider.
Do you know the right questions to ask?
Do you know the right things to consider?
We do. Find out more below.
- Domain Name – This is your brand name. Make it a good one.
- Reliable Hosting – Find a reliable host with excellent customer service and 99.99% uptime! If your hosting stinks, so does your website, even if it’s the best thing since sliced bread.
- Tech Decisions – What type of tech will you use? CSS? HTML5? PHP?
- Purpose – What’s the purpose of your website? Figure it out before the development stage.
- Color & Layout – Color affects the feel of the site. Layout affects readability and conversions. Both are crucial distinctions that need your consideration.
- Site Map – Make it easy for readers to navigate the site with a sitemap.
- Content – If you intend to succeed with your site, you must – and I mean must – provide strong, engaging content that people want to read, watch and/or listen to. It’s the key to web success.
- Audience – Get to know your audience so that you can reach them on a personal level. It’s a great way to learn about the content that they respond to.
- Advertisements – Try not to put too many advertisements on your website. Promote sparingly and do not ram ads down your readers’ throats.
- Pop Up Messages – Do not, I repeat do not, ever add pop up ads to your website. Unless you are looking to kill your readership. Then by all means do so. NOT!
- Attractive Website Design – No one wants to spend time on an ugly website. It’s unnecessary today, so use an attractive design to please your visitors.
- Buttons – Add eye catching call to action and social sharing buttons. Your visitors will use them.
- Background – An attractive background goes a long way.
- Images – Carefully chosen images will create a memorable, lasting impression.
- Easy Navigation – Your readers need easy site navigation if they are going to continue to visit your site. Give it to them.
- Unique – Make your website unique. It will stand out and people will take notice. That’s the goal, right?
- Fresh – Keep your content fresh and up-to-date. Your readers will appreciate it and come back for more.
- Optimized Site – Site optimization is the key to finding your website in Google and the other search engines. Take this seriously.
- Cross Browser – Make sure your site can be viewed properly on all browser types, mobile included.
- Screen Resolution – The site should be 1230px in width.
- Social Media – Social media integration is a must for easy content sharing to expand your reach.
- Typography – Always choose a readable font.
- Registration – Provide bonuses to those who register.
- Tracking/Analytics – Use it to monitor progress.
- Security – Provide security to make visitors feel safe.
- Footer – Add a footer to impress your readers.
Use this list to touch upon all areas to consider when designing your site.
“Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity.”
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