Choosing a new website designer can be daunting and scary. But there’s no need to worry, if you follow a few simple steps. Here are a few tips to make your experience go as smoothly as possible.
Ask Lots of Questions
Buying a website can be a daunting task. Be sure to ask as many questions as you want to make sure you understand exactly what to expect.
Lay Out a Clear Plan
Building a website presence can involve a lot of steps that most people don’t give much thought. It’s a good idea to make sure you have an outline of the steps or phases required to complete the project. This will curb nervous anticipation and will help keep things on track. Even if it’s simple, a plan is priority.
Discuss a Timeline
Make sure you know how long the overall process will take. This is a good time to ask what steps will be required of you during the process. In order to complete the project on time, each person will need to contribute their part in a timely manner, so make sure you understand what you’ll need to do to keep things running smoothly.
Have Your Materials Ready
No one knows better how to promote your website better than you. Having these materials ready up front will help your designer work faster and more efficiently, making for a better, less costly website. Here is a list of materials that I recommend offering to your designer before they starting work on the site. Of course, as your designers, I’m can also help you create or edit your materials.
Copy (text, words, descriptions, etc.)
- Biography or About Us Statement – 300 words or longer
- Welcome Statement – 300 words or longer
- Tagline – several word catch phrase or site description
- Contact Info – email, phone, address to appear on your site
- Testimonials –
- 3 Blog Articles – for those starting a blog
- Page Titles – a complete list of the page names you want to use
- Social Media Accounts – a complete list of all the social media accounts you want to use. We’ll also need your login info if you want to integrate social media into your site
Images (graphics, logos, photos, etc.)
- Logo – high-resolution JPG or PNG
- Photos – start with at least 15 pictures featuring your business
- Portraits – seeing the face behind the site increases online success