So you’ve decided you want a website and you probably even have an idea of what you want it to do and how you want it to look. That’s great!

We want to get all of those ideas and concepts that are rolling around in your imagination and make them a reality, so here’s how you can help us get a clear picture to see what you see.

Why’s this important? Notwithstanding the obvious that we want to make sure you’re 100% happy with our end result, it will also help us to give you an accurate quote of costs involved – nobody likes surprise expenses and we want to help you avoid that happening.

STEP 1:

A website isn’t a website, or at least not a very good one, if it doesn’t contain pages.

Write down the pages you want to have included in your website.

Some basic pages include:

– Home Page
– About Us
– Contact Us
– Information pages

The best websites clearly segregate information into different pages that are easy to find and easy to navigate, so start with the basic pages and go from there. Have a good think about what you intend your website to achieve and write down the pages you think will be needed to get there.

It doesn’t hurt to do a bit of research – have a look at other websites that you use frequently, contain elements you’d like to see on your own site and even other sites relevant to the same industry. Have a look at how their information is structured and what different pages they have.

STEP 2:

Now that you’ve got a list of pages, it’s time to expand.

What content do you want to appear on each of those pages? Break each page down in a Word document.

We don’t need a layout (unless of course you have something specific in mind), but it’s great to give us elements like headings, text, and images.

This is a huge help for us to understand your content.

Different pages will contain different information – your home page may be simply an image and some text, but on another page you may want to embed a video, include a form to fill out or even contain an order form if you’re starting an eCommerce site. You may want to provide links to other pages on your site or on another site.

You can use a separate Word document for each page or put it all in one – it doesn’t have to be fancy.

STEP 3:

Sketch your concept of your headers and footers.

Most websites will have a common header and footer.

Your header could contain any of the following elements:

– Logo/image
– Tagline
– Navigation bar/links
– Search function
– Contact details/link
– Links to other sites
– Social media icons

Your footer may contain ay of the following elements:

– “Legals” – disclaimers, privacy statements, terms of service etc
– Contact details/link
– Link to site map
– Links to other sites
– Social media icons

Once again, research is useful! Have a look at other websites that you like. What do you like about them? What do their headers and footers look like and what information and links do they provide?

Also think about what may be a necessity to include, like a business ABN.

So there you go! Three easy steps to get your website moving toward construction.

Remember, the more information you can give us, the closer we can get to actualising what’s already there as a concept in your mind. This process will give us the best insight into what you want and then, we can make it happen!

As always, we’re here to help. If you have any questions then give us a call!