To write one line of code without knowing a few basic points is inefficient and wastes our time.
Basic places to start for clarification:
1. Domain & Hosting:
Do you have your domain and or do you need help picking a hosting package? I can help you with this first step. Do you know the difference between a Domain and Hosting?
2. Clarify Site Goals:
What action do you want your site visitors to take? Based on your services, and any programs you offer, we can come up with a plan that engages visitors to call you, signup for a newsletter, like you on Facebook, or download a pdf.
Do you have products or services to sell? Do you want to send out periodic newsletters or email campaigns? Do you have recurring events to be displayed on your site? Do you plan on blogging to share your knowledge or expertise on a topic? Here are some possible site goals for you to consider:
- Sell services or products
- Describe your expertise
- Build your reputation
- Generate Leads
- Nurture Sales
Getting message and goals clear from the start is one of the most important steps to a successful and easy website completion.
3. Design Structure:
Outlining page structure before any coding is implemented is often overlooked. We will discuss the sitemap / page structure of your site. What pages will be top-level, or what pages will appear on the navigation? If you have an Instagram feed or YouTube or Facebook presence, I will need that login info, to tie all these elements together on your site.
4. Define Timeline:
Depending on how large or small a site we are building together, as well as other projects I have on my plate, we will set a timeline towards a website completion date.
5. Gather Content:
Gathering the words and images that will fill your pages can take the most time. The copy needs to be well-written, with a minimum of SEO attention to the main pages. Do you need a new headshot or quality images of your book or product? These are some of the items to complete for this phase.
The fun part! I install the wordpress software, and theme, select fonts and colors, and begin creating your site.