Planning your new website can be a daunting task. Allow us to help you get started easily by following this guide:
Step 1: Outline your pages
Supply a formal outline of the pages of your website with notes. Indicate actual pages by putting a bullet in front of its title, and tab over to indicate sub-pages. Be organized to simplify the process.
Example of a clear outline:
- Contact Us
—— Google map
—— e-mail link
- About Us
- Request an Estimate
- Web Design
- Small Site Design
- Large Site Design
- e-Commerce Site Design
- Logo Design
- Display Design
- Web Design
Step 2: List your features
Make a list of features you would like to include on your website. These may be features that are not specific to a page, such as statistics, a blog, social media links, etc. This list will help us make sure your site does what it should do. Not sure what you need? Ask us and we can help.
Step 3: Gather your content
This is by far the most time-consuming part of building a website. If done well, your site will be loved by its audience. Be organized so we can help you create a great website. Use your outline from above to gather content for each page.
Page content should be given in this order:
- Page title (If this is an existing page, we need the URL / Web address.)
- Overview paragraph
- More in-depth information
- Reference URLs (Web addresses)
- Notes about the page, changes, links, etc.
Step 4: Follow these technical specs for providing content:
- Should be given to us electronically, as an email, Microsoft Word or Pages document. You can also send text files or type the information directly into the email.
- You should proofread your text before you send it to us.
- Photos should be supplied as JPG files.
- Please pre-select the photos you want us to use, and only send us your selections. Hiring us to choose photos from an entire CD of photos is time-consuming and can get expensive.
- Photo files should be named so they are easily recognized. Example: Photo_Red_Car_Illustration_for_About_Page.jpg
- Include captions and descriptions for each photo to help with Search Engine Optimization.
- Always include the URL (Web address) to the page you want us to create a link to.
- Double-check the address to make sure it is a valid page.
- Tell us if the link should open in a new window or not.