New Website – Website Design & Development
You’ve probably arrived here because your looking for a new website? The worst development jobs are those that end up with runaway scope creep. That happens when the client doesn’t really know what they want and they keep adding to the project as it moves forward. This proves to be costly for the client, and can result in frustration on both sides. For this to be avoided the scope and finer details of the website should be clearly defined.
When a website developer poses these questions up front, it will help the client to carefully think through all of the areas they need in advance, thus reducing and eliminating scope creep. Hence, prior to even getting your website project off the ground you should ask yourself some questions:
- Who will be the target audience?
- What will be the purpose of the website?
- What makes you or will make you different and stand out from your competition?
- Why should people do business with you as opposed to your competition?
- Do you have a logo in mind, as well as a color scheme for your logo?
- Do you currently have a website, if so what do you like and what do you not like about it?
- What are you expecting your new website to incorporate, may be your competition has these features?
- Are there any other websites you like in terms of layout and design?
- If your looking at a new website, have you thought about a domain name (i.e. www.visualwebz.com)
- Where is your current website or will your new website be hosted?
- DO you plan to update the website, or will you have a web developer do this?
- Of course do you have some budget in mind for this project?
Website Design Scope
- How many pages of content will need to be developed? Develop an outline of your website, basically this will include an hierarchy of pages your website will have, for example:
- Home Page
- About Us
- Services 1
- Services 2
- Services 3
- Contact Us
- Do you have any specific photos you plan to use?
- Do you have full rights to those files?
- Can you provide hi-res files to us?
- Will your visitors require any special needs (i.e., screen reader ready, larger fonts)?
- Do you require your site to be mobile friendly (responsive design)?
- What information must be on the home page?
- What information must always be visible?
- What is your timeline for this website to go live?
- Will you be doing online marketing?
- Will you need SEO (Search Engine Optimization) done?
- Will you need specific functionalities? (Consult us for an in depth website consultation)