Web Design Process
So you have decided that you need a website. What next?
Here is a guide to what is needed to produce a website:
1) Website Content
At Featherweb, we can provide the technical expertise to produce a great-looking site, but the content is up to you. Think of your site as a full-colour brochure about your products or services. What do you want to say to potential customers? Why should they use your services? Be consise and descriptive.
Never forget that every visitor to your site is a potential customer. Think about your target audience. Can you provide your services locally, nationally or internationally? Remember that everybody WORLDWIDE with internet access will be able to see your site!
2) Design Style
If you have an idea of your preferred colour scheme, then let us know. You may already have company logos in a particular colour or your business premises may be decorated in a set scheme. This may be a good starting point for the design of your website.
Do a spot of surfing on the internet - if there are certain features of other websites that you like, make a note of the web address and let us know.
3) Domain Name
Your domain name is your address on the Internet. The name should be as short and as memorable as possible. Ideally your domain name should include your business name or the nature of your business. FeatherWeb will be happy to help with suggestions and take care of the registration process for you.
To see what is available, take a look at a domain-registration service such as Net2. There is no hurry to choose a domain name, as your domain registration can be done at any stage of the design process. Once you have decided on the name you want, however, we suggest that you register it as soon as possible - before someone else beats you to it!
Think pictures! The old adage "a picture paints a thousand words" is very true when it comes to your website. People want to be able to SEE what you provide, not just read about it! Photographs are essential and high-quality digital photos are the starting point in the design of your site. If you cannot provide these yourself, then we may be able to produce them for you.
5) Website Hosting
Hosting is essentially renting webspace on a server. Your website resides on a host server so that it is accessible to the World Wide Web. FeatherWeb can provide website hosting tailored to your requirements. Multiple email addressses are included.
6) Search Engine Optimisation
A great website is if limited use if nobody can find it on the internet! To attract new business your website must be properly optimised to be "search engine friendly" so that it can be easily found. This is a specialised area of web design. A FeatherWeb site includes optimisation as standard.
7) Search Engine Submission
There are hundreds of search engines available. Most people use no more than one or two. The most popular search engines are listed here. FeatherWeb will ensure that your site is submitted and indexed on most of the top ten search engines.
FeatherWeb.com - Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK. Tel: +44 7722 205 757