Here we are with more free advice for you aspiring website design professionals.
The professional web design industry is like the food industry – there’s a never-ending need for our services. So, to be quite honest, there’s little harm in giving away a few easy website design and development lessons.
Besides, in the meantime, while you’re learning, our prospective clients are always quite impressed to see how forthcoming we are with our knowledge of tricks of the trade!
This article is a top-level overview of designing a website project. This easy checklist is for absolute beginners only. Time to learn the Five “P”s of web design…
Every professional website needs a purpose. The purpose can be selling, gaining leads, projecting an image, informing the public or investors or press, or some mixture of these and others. The easiest website design process starts with analyzing the purpose of the project. Once you know that, your planning step will be a great deal smoother.
Because defining your website’s purpose is so important, we’ve written a separate article that helps you decide whether you’re even ready to give your website design project a green light, or whether you need to think about the project more critically before you get started.
To learn how to qualify your project for a better shot at easy return on investment for you website design efforts, read: “What to Do Before You Create a Website.”
The short version is this: If your purpose is “we need a website because we need a website,” you haven’t planned to succeed.
Stop and define a more-concrete set of purposes behind your website’s existence. Doing so will go a long way in making easier website design and spending decisions, and it will direct you, and your web designers, more fluidly toward achieving those goals.
Planning the website is a little bit boring at first, until you start to see how much momentum you’ll gain by doing it.
Easy website design is about making every decision in advance. You’ll plan:
- The site structure, so that you know how many different templates to develop.
- The sizes of content columns for each template, so you know how much space to work with.
- The other template details, so you know your navigation and graphical element options.
- The white space, so that every single width and height attribute is pre-determined.
- The search engine keywords, so you can name files, including image files, to leverage them.
… and so on. Everything you can plan before you produce, will make your production phase go much more smoothly.
Avoiding those times where you have to stop, boggle at your designs, make a decision, and then re-analyze all your designs to make sure they still work – that’s the core of making web design easy on yourself.
More Easy Website Design Steps
There are three more stages involved in preparing your project for a smooth and easy website design experience. Those three steps are covered in part two of this article, so click on to see: “New Website Design Checklist.”