What do I need to get a web site up and running?
Organizing material for a web site can be daunting, especially at the beginning of a project. It's understandable that clients are unsure about where or how to start. We suggest beginning with your words, images, and ideas.
- An overview of your company or project
- A description of your product or service
- Technical specifications
- Customer support FAQs
- Short biographies of your staff
- Updates on company events
- Your logo
- Photos of your products
- Company pictures, including staff and offices
- How can my web site help me find new customers as well as meet the needs of my current customers?
- How can my web site help me better operate my business?
- How can I use the Web's unique qualities to give me an advantage over my competition?
What we often say to a new client: "Gather everything you have that describes your company—Word documents, pamphlets, photographs, slides, anything electronic as well as hardcopy—and put it in a big box. We will go through everything in that box, flowchart the site experience, then propose a design direction."
What are the steps in a website project?
Below is an example outline of a web site project.
- Initial meeting
- Collect client content material
- Discuss search engine needs (optimization and submission)
- Notes and ideas from intial meeting
- Flowchart of intended site structure
- Identify target audience, including demographics and psychographics
Hosting and Server Issues
- Establish dialogue with web host
- Review server-specific issues
- Limitations/restrictions of client's hosting server
- Rough layout(s)
- Submit to client
- Client changes/adjustments
- Discuss and establish web site elements
- Optional features
- Adjust flowchart of site structure according to discoveries
Design and Implementation
- Designer presents 2 or more design directions to client
- Client chooses direction, suggests changes
- Designer presents final design direction
- Client approves final design direction
- Designer creates home page and subpages
- Designer tests, then presents beta web site
- Client adds minor updates and changes
- Designer implements changes, submits final web site to client
- Client approves final web site, and the web site goes live.
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