Things you should do before starting your website

The idea of having your own website for the very first time is so exciting that as soon as the idea occurs to you, you just want it up and running. As a matter of fact, the project start date for 90% of our clients is “ASAP”.  Well, nothing is wrong with creating a professional website in the shortest possible time, and actually it is feasible. We can create a professional website for you in a week, but there are things you need to do before we start your website design and development project.

Here are our website design tips for the first timers. These are basic advises that need to think about.

1. Define a goal for your website

Number one in our website design tips is the defining goal of your website? The goal is to give more services to existing customers or is it to reach a new and wider market? Do you want to sell products or it is just a showcase to exhibit your work or products? Having a clear goal will help you and your website designer to achieve a better result, and it will be a better user experience for your website visitors as well.

2. Know your competition

Number two in our website design tips is to check other websites in your filed and business. Browse their website to understand their approach. Take note of what you like about their websites and what you don’t. Design, color, fonts, functionalities and images are the things you should look at.

3. Define your customer, client or audience

Knowing who your audience is or who you are trying to attract will shape the design, color and the kind of approach we define for your website design. Based on your target audience, you decide about colors, images, functionalities and even the content of your website.

4. Choose a domain name for your business

Choose a domain that represents your business or brand. It should be something that can easily remembered and shorter better. Choose your domain name very carefully, and if you think your favorite domain is already taken, then think about a domain that reflects the nature of your business. Visit Yahoo domain registration to check the availability of your domain.

5. Think about your pages and content

How many pages do you need for your website? What is the content of each page? Is the content appropriate or relevant to your target audience? Think about the content as something that gets your target audience excited and keeps them on your site. Your website content includes, text, images, video and graphics.

6. Create a logo for your website

Some of you may already have a professional logo for your existing business which can be used for your website as well, but for the first timers it is an essential part of branding. There are so many softwares in the market that you can create your logo with, and also there are so many professional logo designers that you can work with to get your ideal logo design. At HDWebTech we can help you with logo design as well.

7.  Set a deadline for your project

Setting a deadline for your website project can keep you productive and organized. In order to have your website ready on time, you should have a clear idea of all of the above and then we can turn your idea into a website design and web pages.

I hope that you found this article helpful and keep in mind these website design tips, but here at HDWebTech we offer free website design consultation for our clients in Maryland, D.C and Virginia. We also offer free estimates with  no obligation. So please feel free to contact us if you have further questions or need our service. We are a team of professional website designers and would be happy to guide you through.


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  1. January 31, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Totally worth the read but I feel some things on this list could also be added. The use of a color on a website is also important because it does effect how a visitor on a website reacts. So strategic use of colors and design is really important. Its all about tapping into the subconscious mind if your website visitors. Its more a science and should be experimented as part of a A/B test. I help educate my clients in these type of things.

    Best Regards

    • February 1, 2015 at 6:25 am

      I appreciate your time and attention, but it is explained in items number 2 and 3.