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
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)
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:
- Define Your Site’s Purpose and Strategy.
- Research the Latest Web Design Trends.
- Choose Your Platform.
- Select a Template / Theme.
- Decide on Your Branding.
- Add In and Optimize Your Content.
- Publish Your Website.
- Analyze and Improve.