How to design your website. Web design in less time with quicker results.
What is the purpose of your website?
Work out a website design that fulfills the website purpose.
What will you provide to your customers from the website?
|Static Website||Simple digital brochure using a few web pages for an organisation||Quick to set up and no content maintenance|
|Content Management System (CMS) setup with online editor tools||Training, Internet Browser and login is all that is required to create and update content|
|Ecommerce Website||CMS with payment gateway and SSL security certificate||Sell 24/7 using encrypted communications. Payment processing is handled externally.|
|Membership Website||CMS with payment gateway, membership plugin and SSL security certificate||Provide training to unlimited online audience. Multiple paid membership levels are possible. Content access permissions by membership level.|
|Digital Products Website||CMS with payment gateway, digital downloads plugin and SSL security certificate||Sell 24/7 using encrypted communications. Payment processing is handled externally. Almost instant delivery. Unlimited digital inventory. No shipping.|
|Website Application||Advanced application using custom coding and potentially databases, web servers and cloud computing services.||Your website based application can be made available to the world. Software as a Service (SAAS).|
What are your customer characteristics?
Do you cater to multiple customer segments?
What will your website provide them?
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Save your results in a text document, email or website planning document.
|Website Content Type||Benefit|
|Text and HTML||Create content that can be read by all the 3.5 Billion Internet Browsers including smartphones quickly.|
|Images||Images can provide better user engagement, convey information and ALT text descriptions for search engines. Keep images small for quicker loading.|
|Video||Video can be embedded within a webpage. e.g. YouTube, Vimeo etc. Videos can play in a small window or enlarged to full screen.|
|Audio||HTML5 provides full audio controls for an audio file. Create another way to convey information. Audio can be also used for a Podcast (online radio show).|
|Maps||Provide an interactive map to you physical premises. You can create a Google Map entry to go with this.|
|Forms||Forms can be used for competitions, customer enquiries, opt-in forms for email marketing, surveys and form to spreadsheet workflows.|
|iFrame||This is a webpage within a webpage. The embedded web page can be from almost any website. This could provide complimentary information.|
Now you have an outline for a Web Design, either complete the 5 Website Design Checklists below or progress to Web Hosting.