There are a lot of ways to get a web site off the ground. If you are good at figuring out technology there are a number of ways to ‘do-it-yourself’ and get a result that works for you. If nothing else you may gain a bit of respect for the time it takes a web designer to customize a site to your specifications. You can not go wrong to read some tips from LinkHelpers Phoenix Web Design Company
There are sites that can hook you up with web designers who work very inexpensively or you can find one in your area. Don’t forget the adage that you get what you pay for. Low price should not be your only consideration in finding a web designer. You’ll want to look at their portfolio, talk to them, see if they express an understanding of what you want and that you feel that you can speak with them easily.
Even if you like every site a designer has designed, this site is yours and should have your input and stamp on it. If you tell your designer to ‘be creative’ you need to accept that they will be creative in a way that they define creative which may not be the same as your definition. Look at this venture as a collaboration. They will have ideas to offer based on their experience that you should be open to. You should not hesitate to ask their opinion.
Before you meet with the designer, make sure you have spent time really thinking about the site, how you want it to look, and what you want from it. Look at other sites to get ideas and think about what you like and don’t like.
Think about color, navigation, images, and wording. Once you have an idea of what you want the site to look like, you’re ready to get down to the nitty-gritty of content. You’ll find that the look of the site will evolve as you add content and get new ideas.
Things to think about:
How many pages are you going to want? Start writing down all of the information that you are going to want on the site and organizing it into categories and potential pages. The more organized you are from the beginning the more satisfying experience both you and your designer will have.
What are you going to want to say on each page? Smaller paragraphs are better than longer paragraphs. Less text is better than more text. Again, you want to get your point across before you lose your visitor. People on the internet have a very short attention span. If you have more information that you want to make sure they get either make more pages with a readable amount of information on each page or have that extra information available to people who indicate interest, either as a PDF or e-book.
What images do you want to use. Even if you want the designer to come up with a design for you, a banner, a logo, etc. put in some time thinking about what works for you. Again, if your designer is given parameters within which to work rather than carte blanche the end result will be closer to what you want and the process will be faster and more satisfying.
Are you going to want to make changes yourself or send them to the designer to make the changes. That will impact the type of program used as some are more user-friendly than others.
A website is an extension of your and/or your business. Taking some time upfront will ensure that you have a site that truly reflects the message you want to put across.