Sometimes knowing where to begin on a website can feel overwhelming – you’re not sure where to begin, what information you need to have on there, and you’re not sure where to start with putting all of that information together into a cohesive finished product.
But with a little bit of homework you can easily get off to a good start and ensure the website you end up with is exactly what you want and need. I know, I know – no one likes homework. Not in school, not in college, and certainly not at work. Homework is, however, essential!
Here are 5 items to think about and get you feeling more comfortable with what you want/need from your new website (bonus points if you write all your answers down and bring them with you for your initial meeting with us!):
- Audience – Who is your audience? What reason(s) do customers have for visiting the site (informational purposes, online shopping, making reservations, etc)?
- Your current site – (If you have a website already) What do you like about it and why? What do you dislike about it?
- Your new site – Do you have a specific look or feel in mind? Color preferences? What images do you have available (your logo, stock photos, candids, etc)? What specific features do you want your site to have?
- Content – What pages need to be on the site and what information needs to go on those pages? Do you have information already written up or do you need to take a bit of time writing up what you want those pages to have on it? If you want to post news or blog posts, do you already have a few items written that can be added during the building process (no one likes an empty page)?
- Deadline – The all-important question: what is your deadline for this project?
Use the above to help give you a rough outline of what you’re looking for and you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes time to get that new website going.
This post is part of our Website 101 series. Read more in the series: