Web Design

6 Things to Think About When Preparing a New Website

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Remember the late 1990s when blinking images were thought to be the best thing for any website? Well fast forward to today and that shouldn’t even be on your want list. You and your web designer need to sit down and hash out what your website is going to look like before they start building your site. If you are wondering what you need to do to prepare to get your website off the ground, you’re at the right place. Let’s look at 6 tips & strategies you need to think about.

  • Who will be in charge? Who is going to make the development and design decisions? This can be a group of people or it can be just one person. If it’s a team one person, still needs to be handle the final approval. Otherwise, it can become quite chaotic as reworks are ordered by individuals in the group.
  • What’s your niche? What do you sell? What’s your product or service? You need to be very specific. If you sell air conditioners to residential customers, then your need to focus on that market with what you say in your content and the images you show. Don’t show a beach when you sell air conditioners – it sends a confusing message to your visitors.
  • Who is your target market? It is important that you stay on target. You need to be specific. Back to our example. If you sell air conditioners then your target market will be homeowners and let’s say they have homes that are 25 years or newer and the age of the homeowner is between 30 and 50. So when you write about your services make sure this is the market you are talking to.

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Web Design

Checklist: 10 Must-Haves For Websites

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We love bucket lists for budding online entrepreneurs, so we’ll give Certified Social Media Specialist (drum roll) Joanne Burgess have a turn this time at telling you Top-10 things your website should have.

Why do we do these every now and then? Because there’s always first-time web design customers coming along, and it’s too easy to forget that our advanced chatter sounds like a babbling brook of techno-jargon to the first-timers. It’s necessary to include the new users, too.