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Stages of Website Design

PLANNING – Determining Needs, Costs, Expenses, and Budgets
BUILDING – Domain Registration and Developing the Content
LAUNCHING – Review of Design & Content, Edits, Approvals, Go Online
MONTHLY MAINTENANCE – Hosting Mgmt, Backups, Updates
MARKETING (Tell the World) – Search Engine Registrations, Campaigns

Considerations

Layout Style/Theme – Look, Consistency of Headers, Footers and Content
Number of Pages – Home, Contact, About, Products, Services, Options, etc.
Responsive Design – Scales to Device: Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Mobile
Adding Content Management System (CMS) (WordPress)
Domain Name (Any Preference?)
Website Hosting Company – IONOS (Any Preference?)
Primary Search Engine Registration – Sitemaps/Bots (Google & BING)

Additional Items

All Graphics Work Required (Logo, Icon, Photos, Images, Video)

Online Forms – Contact, Feedback, Signups, Requests for Service

Ecommerce Functionality (Purchases, Payments or Donations)

Payment Processing System

Installing Payment Gateways

Testing shopping carts, payment options, and shipping systems

Database Integration (Members, Products, Listings)

Number of Items – Extent of Displays

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certification

Interactive Multimedia (Video, Music, Slideshow)

Social Media Links – Plus Social Media Interaction/Management

E-mail Marketing – Email List Management

Online Documents Library (Ability to Upload/Download) PDF/Word/Excel

User Login Capability – Anybody can login vs restricted

Membership Mgmt – Member Levels – Costs – Restricted Content

Extended Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Pay Per Click (PPC)

Newsletter (Signup / Online Version / Email Blast / List Mgmt)

Blogs – Remote Posting

Comments – Allowed / Comment Approval & Management – Likes

Events – Calendar – Events Updates & Management

Mailboxes and/or mail forwarding

OTHERS – Copyrights – Ads – Website Files Access

The Path to Building a Great Website:

  1. Define Your Site’s Purpose and Strategy.
  2. Research the Latest Web Design Trends.
  3. Choose Your Platform.
  4. Select a Template / Theme.
  5. Decide on Your Branding.
  6. Add In and Optimize Your Content.
  7. Publish Your Website.
  8. Analyze and Improve.

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