Start Your New Website Project

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:

  • Home
  • Contact Us
    —— Google map
    —— e-mail link
  • About Us
  • Request an Estimate
    —— Form
  • Services
    • Web Design
      • Small Site Design
      • Large Site Design
    • e-Commerce Site Design
    • Logo Design
    • Display 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:

  1. Page title (If this is an existing page, we need the URL / Web address.)
  2. Headline
  3. Subhead
  4. Overview paragraph
  5. More in-depth information
  6. Photos
  7. Reference URLs (Web addresses)
  8. Notes about the page, changes, links, etc.

Step 4: Follow these technical specs for providing content:

Text

  1. 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.
  2. You should proofread your text before you send it to us.

Photos

  1. Photos should be supplied as JPG files.
  2. 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.
  3. Photo files should be named so they are easily recognized. Example: Photo_Red_Car_Illustration_for_About_Page.jpg
  4. Include captions and descriptions for each photo to help with Search Engine Optimization.

Links

  1. Always include the URL (Web address) to the page you want us to create a link to.
  2. Double-check the address to make sure it is a valid page.
  3. Tell us if the link should open in a new window or not.

getting your web site started guide