Web Design and Web Designing Explained in 10 Steps
Website Design Overview:
A quick and simple overview
Website designs can be elaborate. Hugh companies have many departments and divisions. The organizational charts for these companies may be complex. However, all effective website designs have the simple top to bottom structure.
Step 1. Start writing your content.
Step 2. Define your goal or purpose.
Step 3. Decide on your WebPage structure.
Step 4. Decide how to manage your content.
Step 5. Decide on a domain name.
Step 6. Secure your hosting and domain name.
Step 7. What about graphics?
Step 8. Consider maintenance and update tasks.
Step 9. Decide how to measure success.
Step 10. Update your content.
But, wouldn’t it be non-productive to start a project without knowing what it is you want to accomplish?
Why websites fail? The failure of most websites on the internet is from lack of planning.
Here is how it goes for 95% of websites on the World Wide Web:
- You have an idea and the passion to build your own web site.
- You pick a great domain name.
- You find a cheap or free hosting account.
- You put up some pictures and write a paragraph or two about your company.
- No ones visits your site.
- You lose interest and motivation to continue.
- The end.
Plan to succeed by taking steps, defining goals, and be prepared for your success.
More about website design steps
Content – is what every one on the internet is looking to find. You use the internet to get information and after getting the information, you decide what to buy and where to buy it. For the hobbyist, you search for information on how to do-it-yourself or what you will need or for places to talk and interact about your passion.
Content is the fuel that drives the World Wide Web. The internet is all about words and how you use them.
Goal – design your website with a goal or purpose in mind. What are you trying to say? Who are you trying to say it to? What are you ‘selling’? Who are your competitors?
Set goals so you can measure your true success. Wanting people to visit my site is NOT a goal. Wanting 50 visits per day within the next 120 days is a goal.
Giving your goal a time frame makes it possible for you to monitor and adjust; try something different to achieve the goal or change the goal if it’s too big to accomplish within the time frame.
Goals help to keep your website design focused and motivate you to perform over time.
WebPage Structure – is the page layout. How many columns? Navigational buttons on top or side?
You see a site and you like ‘the feel’ or ‘look’. You want your WebPage structure to follow that layout. I like navigational buttons (home, about us, etc.) on the top and one column WebPages. What is your preference?
Content Management – is how you edit, add, move or delete your content, usually with the help of software like DreamWeaver or WordPress. FrontPage is another content management system. You can hire a content management agency or do it yourself with the use of software tools.
Domain Name – is the address or URL of your website. It’s like your phone number. I can dial you up by putting your URL into my browser. There are hundreds of articles with suggestions on how to choose a domain name.
Basically, your name should include a single word description of your business, hobby or passion.
Hosting your Domain – if your domain name is like a phone number, you’ll need to choose a phone company to handle your calls.
Your hosting account is your phone operator and directs all your calls to your WebPage. You have to have a hosting account to get onto the World Wide Web.
Your host is the only way your website can communicate with other websites on the internet.
Graphic designs – are the pictures, background and other images you find on a website. There are hundreds of thousands of free graphic designs. Your logo is a graphic.
You can build one yourself with a program like Photoshop.
There are also free online logo design makers. You can purchase an exclusive and unique design from a professional.
Maintaining and Updating your website: Sometimes something goes wrong. Who or how will you get your website design ‘fixed’? Is there support available for the do-it-yourselfer?
TIP: Advances in the hosting industry have made it 99.99% reliable. Automatic security updates, locked domain transfer codes.
Keep your passwords secure and you’ll have no troubles keeping your WebPages up and running smoothly.
Measuring success – You measure your success by comparing your performance to the goal you set. You adjust, modify or change as needed to make sure you hit your goal.
Be careful comparing your website design to others. They may not have the same goals as you. Measure your success by monitoring your website design goal.
Update your content – The most effective way to update your website content is add WebPages to your web site on a regular basis. Content is the fuel that runs the internet. It also runs your website design so add gas to keep it running.
TIP: Set a goal to have 100 pages of content within a year of going online. The more content the better.
Write your content with your words.
Set meaningful goals for success.
Consider all aspects of project. Keep it simple and focused.
Enjoy the process of growth and development that website designing offers.
Thank you for reading and I hope that this website design and