You may be tempted to rush the creation of your website. This can lead to you making compromises on many essential aspects of website operation. These compromises will eventually need to be rectified. It is important to do it right the first go, and not change your website if you need to update your corporate image or change your message.
You need to be aware of a few things when building your website to avoid costly revisions down the road. You should also remember that even though you have the best intentions, many times the revisions you want to make don't happen because you get too busy. You end up with a website that is not functional.
HERES WHAT TO REMEMBER
What are the key elements to remember? Here are a few questions that you should ask yourself. These are:
1. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS SITE?
A website can perform a variety of legitimate functions. A website could be used to distribute information. You can also use it to showcase your company's expertise and skills online. It doesn't matter what purpose you have, it is important that you clearly define it before you begin to consider other aspects of web development.
2. WHAT SHOULD MY USER PATHS BE?
Your website's navigation will impact how your visitors experience it. It will also influence how long they stay on the site and how successful they are in getting what they want (and what you want them to get). Users should be able to navigate clearly and consistently. It is important not to make links that are difficult to understand or to send people through a maze to get to their destination.
3. WHAT DO YOU WANT THE SITE TO LOOK LIKE?
Your website's appearance will have a huge impact on the results you can get from it. Your company's corporate identity is the first step in designing the website's look. This look should be replicated on the website. You should also consider the "feel" that you want your website to convey. A financial website may want to feel "safe and established", while a company that deals with technology might want to communicate its technical expertise or showcase its high-tech image.
GOALS AND CONTENT
4. HOW WILL THE SITE BY UTILIZED
You must consider your goals, but also the needs of those who will be using the site. It is important to anticipate what visitors will be looking for when they visit your site. This includes the site's appearance and navigation. However, it also involves the core message and content of your website.
5. WHAT SHOULD THE CONTENT LOOK LIKE?
The question of organization is as important as the content. Although navigation is an important aspect of the experience, it also has to do much with how pages are laid out and how text interacts with graphics. This question, again, is the heart of the visitor's experience. It will ultimately determine the success or failure of your business.
6. CONTACT INFORMATION MUST BE EASY TO FIND
It is important to give your visitors the option to contact you by email or phone. Tudor suggests that you provide as many contact details as possible. We believe websites without contact information are less credible than those with more information. It is important to place your company on the market for evaluation. You should do this in a way that expresses confidence that you will pass evaluations with flying colors.
A well-designed website can help your company establish and maintain credibility. It will also serve as an interactive tool for anyone interested in learning more about your company. How good your website is will depend on what visitors learn and how they perceive it. Ask these six questions when building your website and you will be able to answer the question "How good is my site?" with an answer of "quite well indeed".