7 Things to consider before designing a website
1. Define your purpose for the site and the target audience.
Your design, navigation, and content should be driven by a purpose that aligns with your audience and their goals.
2. It’s mobile-friendly or bust.
Mobile devices continue to climb year-over-year indicating that more users are searching while on the go. Plus, with Google’s latest algorithm, your site must be mobile-friendly or it gets punished through lower search results.
The best way to get inspired is to pretend you’re a gumshoe. Gather secret intel on the competition’s websites, websites in other industries, or even your favorite brand’s websites. A few minutes of searching can inspire new directions or innovative ways to showcase tired content.
4. Most important investment: time.
The number one challenge businesses face in rebuilding a website is not devoting enough time to it to make it successful. Your investment of time should be equal to your monetary investment. It is never too early to have copy and research ready.
5. Get creative!
Don’t be afraid to do something different from your competition. Your website is your face to the world. Why not standout from the crowd with something totally different than your industry?!
6. Create a timeline with realistic deadlines.
Keep in mind that you will be driving the project in terms of making final decisions, delivering content, and providing overall direction to your website development team. Be fair, be flexible, and be realistic when reporting back to your manager on when you’ll be able to realistically deliver each stage of your new website.
7. Be flexible.
A good website is always changing. New content is added based on user feedback or fresh articles provided to encourage new conversations. Understand that designing a website isn’t something you do once and forget, it is a successful ongoing process.