Planning a website can feel overwhelming, especially when you do it for the first time and don’t know what to except. Here is a brief list of all the things that might come up when you want to start a website.
Branding is about who you want to be and who people perceive you to be. Do you want to appear elegant, serious or playful etc? Determining your look by the logo, colours, images and fonts you want to use on your website. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but it is good if you can deliver a clear message to your customers.
2. Hosting and domain
This is the address and the place for your website. You can start your hosting and choose your domain at the same company, like SiteGround, which is my favourite. Go and check out SiteGround.
3. Think about your delivery process
How do you sell your products and services or how do you wish to sell them?
4. Think about the functions you need for your website
The most typical functions on a website are: blog, contact form, payment function, login for members, newsletter subscription, social media sharing.
5. Collect Images
You can start looking for a good photographer if you want professional images about you or your product. You can also start looking around on free stock image sites, these are listed here.
6. Think about your sitemap and write content for the main pages
A sitemap is a list of the Titles of all the pages that are on the website. You can start writing content as simple as using any Word Processor or the online Google Docs.
7. Check your Legal documents
8. Collect testimonials
Testimonials are always an essential part of a website, so it is never too early to start collecting them.
9. Write 3 blog posts
Not every website needs a blog, but it is very useful to have one, as a blog is the most effective way to make sure people finding your website. More on this here. So if you decide you will write a blog on topics related to your business, get started with at least 3 posts!