You have decided you need your existing website updated or you need a new website. There are some important things that will help you to think through the process, so we will understand your needs, as we begin the process of working together.
1. What do you need your website to accomplish?
Some questions to ask yourself? Why do you think you need a website? If you already have a website, why do you think you need an updated one? You want a new design, but why? Maybe you don’t like how your old website functions and need additional features? Or maybe you just no longer like the way your old website looks? Are you taking your business in a new direction and want to re-brand? Maybe your current website is just old and has old outdated software that has become a security risk? Or maybe the website you have is not “responsive” and is not able to resize to be best viewed on mobile phones and tablets?
If one or more of these issues applies to your existing site if it is time for a new one.
2. How do you want your website to look and what do you need it to do?
Think about the websites, or blogs, you have seen, and that you like. Getting a clear idea in your mind what you like will help you to communicate with us in the web re-construction and design process. Pick out some random websites on the Internet and decide what you like about them. Is it colors, the layout, or various elements and functions that are used. Are you planning to only have a blog, or a website without a blog — or maybe a website and a blog as part of it? Is your brand a fun whimsy sort of look, or is your look conservative and more traditional? What things do you not like about websites that you see on line? What elements do you see on other sites that you don’t want on your website? A website should serve the needs of your business, and also match the time and budget you have in terms of future content. For example, if you never plan to have the time to write blog articles on a regular basis, then maybe your website does not even need a blog- maybe you only need a website with a few simple pages. You get the idea.
Getting a clear idea of what sort of look you like will go a long way to hep get the process started as we design a new website for you.
3. What is your budget for your website?
You should figure out your budget right away before you jump into having a website designer help you with a new website and/or blog. Deciding on the budget is a huge issue to decide upon right away. I can’t emphasis how critical this step is as you begin to think of getting a new website or blog, or having your old site re-vamped.
Knowing what your budget is will save a lot of time and will let us have an idea of what can be done that fits your budget and can best meet the goals you have for your website. As the saying goes, ‘you can’t have champagne on a beer budget’. You might want a lot of features and custom items on a website, but if your budget won’t cover all these features, it is important to know right up front what is possible that will best serve your needs and match your budget. So sit down and decide what you can afford … and with that information, we can help you get the best for your budget.
4. When do you need your website launched?
What time frame do you have, or what is the time frame when you would like to have your website project launched? Do you want it launched within a week; Or in a few months? This information is hugely important. It is a piece of information as important as setting your budget for the project. With website construction, like anything, some things are going to take longer than others to accomplish. Plus, we, like most designers who work on websites are often booked in advance, so that will need to factor into the plans.
5. Do you plan to supply content and images, or need these also handled?
Do you have content for your website that will be able to be used and is already sitting in a Word/document file, or somehow otherwise have already created the content so it is ready for use on the website project? Or does all your content need to be custom created? How about photos and images? Do you have photos that you have personally taken, or will the images you need have to be obtained from a reputable third party source? Do you have a logo, or will you need one created?
Thee are important to know before a new web project is undertaken. Developing custom content takes time and will need to be factored into the project costs. It is important that any image used is either something you own (have taken yourself) or that you have explicit permission to use for your website project. No reputable web designer will knowingly use images on your website that are questionable in terms of the copyright. If you do not own suitable images, then factoring in the licensing fee for those that will be needed by your web project is something that needs to go into the budget.
Are you ready to begin? We look forward to hearing from you.