Complete reading guide before starting a web design project
Creating a website is a real challenge, especially if you have no experience in web design. This is why, in today’s article, with the help of web design specialists from Atlanta, we have prepared a short guide to guide you in obtaining the perfect website. Let’s find out together!
Step 1: Choosing the domain
Before starting the actual site processing, it is very important to choose a field of activity. This way, you will be able to understand concretely what is the niche you are about to activate. Also, choosing the domain will also indicate the degree of seriousness that your page will have to possess. For example, a site that presents certain services for companies or agencies, will have a slightly more profitable appearance, compared to an online store, which requires more color, being closer to customers. Moreover, in addition to these, it is essential to keep in mind the market you will be targeting. In case of the international market, it is recommended to use the .com domain, while if you want to apply to the Atlanta market, you can also opt for the .ro domain. Although it is a subjective choice, web design agencies recommend that you opt for the .com domain, this giving you the opportunity to address both clients in our country and those outside the borders. Finally, we inform you that this property will need to be purchased annually, with an account of approximately $ 9-14 per year.
Step 2: Choosing the host
If you have chosen the domain for your site, another very important step in building a web design for the page you own is choosing the host. Basically, without choosing a host, the chosen domain has no value. For beginners, we would like to state that the host is a space that will run your business (in our case, the site). But, in order to obtain it, you should not forget that you will have to pay a certain amount of money monthly, depending on each company. We can compare this situation with renting a room, which you can arrange as you wish, after paying a monthly rent. But, to choose the host, it is very important to balance all the benefits that the respective company (or companies) make available to you, and then make the right choice. It is very important to consider all the facilities that you have available, so that you decide whether they fit your business. Just as in the case of the rental room, which we mentioned, all these facilities you have available are the so-called mobile, which will lead to the comfort of our room. If they are not good quality then the room will not be as expected. The same is true in the case of choosing the company that will provide the host. Moreover, keep in mind that a quality host will give you good site loading speed, which is essential if you want to get on the first page of Google search.
Step 3: Choosing the colors and type of design according to the field of activity
As we mentioned in Step 1, before starting the actual business creation, we need to know what kind of business we want to achieve. Thus, we will not only succeed in creating a site according to the standards of the respective activity niche, but we will report to the market and competition exactly as it should. In addition, with the help of the field of activity, we will choose the type of colors, but also the design that perfectly matches what we want to offer to our clients. For example, in the case of a site that wants to present certain services, or you are addressing companies or companies (therefore, a professional environment, business), we recommend that you choose more neutral colors, such as brown, black, white, different tones of gray, bluish. On the other hand, if we are talking about an online store or a site that is aimed at the public (such as toy stores, children’s items), then it is best to choose more intense colors so that they inspire dynamism and energy. Also, you should know that each color has certain meanings, including red (attention), orange (accessibility), but also yellow (joy and fun, joviality). Moreover, in the case of design, opt for an easy-to-read one, especially if you have a blog where the articles are the ones that come first. Thus, the target audience will find the product or information they are looking for much easier, without spending much time on the web page.
Step 4: Choosing the menu structure
Another very important step in obtaining a quality site is the site menu. It is useless that you have very good content articles, if they cannot be discovered in a timely manner. Also, if we refer to an online store, it is very important that the products inserted into the site are structured according to the categories they belong to, and this category must be inserted into the environment. We suggest that each item or product can be included in a category, so that customers or visitors can find the information or good they want in a much shorter time frame. In this case, you can opt for a hamburger menu, which is highly appreciated and preferred by the online public. Moreover, if you want to reach young audiences through your site, then this type of menu is an essential choice. Another advantage of this is the appearance of the whole site, which looks more professional, especially if you have many categories to illustrate within it. In addition, before you even begin inserting the categories of the site itself, you should also remember the subcategories that you can insert for each category. In order to make the menu, take great care in organizing it, so that each user will find the desired result as quickly as possible. In addition, insert names that are as easy to understand as any visitor to discover your products and services in a timely manner.
Step 5: Choosing first page information
The first page is very important, as it has the capacity to maintain the active interest of the reader. For example, if the first page is well structured, then the user will want to discover the rest of the pages. Regarding the structure of this page, we recommend that it be composed of three parts, including the header, the body of the page and the footer. The header should be included in the title of the site, its subtitle, as well as an image or audio-video file to add color to the site, which is intended to present a few details about your business. As for the name of the site, try to choose a clear and concise one that expresses exactly what you have to offer, but still, do not forget a little originality. In the subtitle, you can opt for a brief description of the business, illustrating what you have to offer to your target audience. Within the body of the page, do not forget to introduce the benefits and services offered, but in an organized and easy-to-read manner. Also, among them, you can opt for some action prompts, to further arouse the user’s interest and curiosity. Moreover, you can also add some reviews of your former clients, in order to provide added security but also some evidence, such as awards or diplomas. Finally, within the footer of the page, do not forget to insert some copyright information, contact details, key links to other pages such as ANPC, this is mandatory.
Step 6: Structuring information for interior pages
If the first page came out exactly as it should, you should not get used to it. So pay the same attention to the following pages, especially if you own a blog. Make sure that the information within each article is as structured and organized as possible, so that it is easy to read. We also suggest that you omit the cumbersome terms, which cannot be understood, and if it is absolutely necessary to bring them into discussion, do not forget to explain them in a few lines or words. Moreover, for added organization, our recommendation is to choose a structure based on subtitles. For example, if the information that is to be transmitted can be divided into small parts, then assign a small title to each party. This way, the reader will get much easier to the desired information, without having to read the provided article one by one. In addition, remember that the subtitles, but also the title of the article are written in bold, also for added organization. Therefore, proper organization and exciting subject matter is one of the best solutions when you want a successful site.
Step 7: Image optimization
As you well know, a website is made up of images and not just words. However, improperly chosen, images (or any video or audio file) can have a negative impact on the site’s upload speed. Therefore, it is very important that they are optimized as best they can, in order not to affect the smooth running of the web pages. So, if your site doesn’t load too fast, images will most likely have pages. To complete this step, it is very important to compress the images, more precisely, to remove all unnecessary information about the image. These include information related to the device used, the lens used, but also other not at all important details. Therefore, by deleting this information, our image will occupy a much smaller space (compression reduces about 40% of the space held by the image), without destroying its quality in any way. Moreover, another way to optimize your images is related to their size. In most cases, an image that occupies a significant space can be resized without having a very large impact on its purpose. To give you a small standard, if we can call it that, our recommendation is that the image size embedded within the site should be approximately 750 pixels, so that it does not in any way affect the page loading speed.
Step 8: Implement the contact forms and call to action buttons
The contact forms have become more and more present within the websites, whether we talk about the personal ones or the most business ones. Therefore, it is very important that these forms are created as well as possible so that users can get in touch with you as soon as possible. We recommend that they be functional, so if you receive a message, you will be able to reply as soon as possible. Also, try to make it as good as possible, so give up all the unnecessary headings that cannot provide you with new user information. This will save valuable time for both you and the user. Finally, be sure to thank the user for completing the form so that it gets a much friendlier form. As mentioned in the subtitle, remember to implement different call to action buttons, just to stimulate the user to discover your site. As I mentioned in the previous steps, the color but also the design of these buttons is very important, especially if you want to send a specific message to the public. Also, be as creative as possible, to bring more freshness and joviality to the page, and for this step, you can use the effects provided. You will certainly motivate your audience to know more about your business.
Step 9: Introduce testimonials
Another very important step that can increase the popularity of your site is the introduction of testimonials. Due to their credibility, there are very high chances of increasing your web page promotion rate, while being another way of approaching the business you own. However, developing a testimonial is a rather difficult step, just to be convincing enough. Therefore, we recommend that you carefully choose the questions to be addressed. For added credibility, be sure to illustrate a photo with the person who gave you the answers to the questions asked. Moreover, you can opt for a celebrity, which is consistent with the products or services offered. For example, if your ml sells sports products, you can opt for a famous person who is passionate about this field. Thus, the public will be convinced that the celebrity has tested your products, so that the opinion expressed is honest. Also, if you have checked this step, you only have to enter testimonial into your site. For this step, we suggest that you choose a position that is quite visible so that the audience can see it. Therefore, opt for a suitable position, so not at the bottom of the page, because there are very high chances that the user will not read up to that point.
Step 10: Implement a blog topic
Blogs have succeeded in gaining more and more public trust, with the role of informing the reader more and persuading him about certain products or services, without using ways that are too stifling for the client. Therefore, within these blogs it is essential to discuss certain topics regarding the services you offer, possibly presenting some solutions that you can apply even at home. If you want to market products using these pages, you can illustrate their purpose and benefits in more detail. So, carefully consider the niche you are working on, and then carefully choose the topics to be discussed. Also, if you want to implement such a topic, do not forget to keep it permanently active, eventually forming a program for posting articles. You can opt for a weekly article or a few monthly articles. However, try to keep the article loading period in order not to lose the number of site visitors. Moreover, a well-organized and implemented blog topic will bring a glow not only to web design, but also to the popularity of your business.
Finally, we hope that the 10 specially designed steps to have a quality web design help you to create the perfect website. Although it may initially seem impossible, we are convinced that after analyzing the guide, you will be able to complete this very important step for the future of your business. Besides, don’t forget to have a little patience, after all, we create a successful site, right?