In order to get off on the right foot in preparing to contract a website be built, it is important to know what to do first. These are the first four things anyone should do before even picking up the phone to call a web design company:
1. Write down why you want a website. Is it a website for a legitimate business? Do you want to blog about your hobby and attract like-minded people? Do you have an e-book that you want to sell? Do you need a simple website just to post on yp.com and Yelp.com?
Summary: Know why you want a website and what you plan to do with it once it is done. This will determine what type of website you want.
2. Surf around the web and if it is a business site, look at your competitors’ websites and write down what you like about their sites and also jot down what you don’t like about their sites. Notice what type of information they have — list of services, mission statements, coupons, first time customer offers. Write down everything that you think is helpful to their business and to your business.
3. Get an idea of what type of colors you like. Here is a link to a long page of lots of colors and their numbers. And this is a downloadable “color-picker” that you can use to select colors from web pages that you visit. This takes a little finagling to get the hang of it, but it is very helpful in capturing exact colors and knowing their web codes.
4. Decide what components you want. For example: Do you want a header banner? Or do you want a small working logo for the corner? Do you want a picture slider? If so, do you have pictures that can be used in the slider? Or will you need to purchase royalty free pictures? Will you want or need an interactive calendar on your site? Or do you have a video that you would like embedded on the front page? Will your website be mostly static information?
Once you have a good idea of what type of website you want, what you intend to do with it, and what components you want and the colors, you have everything you need to contact us to start the process. By doing this little bit of leg work first, you and the web designer will be on the same page, so to speak, as to which direction to go with your website project. By knowing ahead of time what you want and like, you will be less likely to be talked into something that later on you will find out is not really want you want.
This is all you need to do in order to get the website of your dreams. This will bit of work will guide you down the right path to getting exactly what you want.