What is your budget? During the initial discussions around a new project, this is often one of the first questions that a client will be asked. This can seem to be somewhat of an invasive question a first glance, but there are perfectly good reasons to be clear about this upfront.
Now that you‘ve completed (or at least started) the process of researching your new website, the next thing to prepare is the site‘s content. This is a really important step that’s often overlooked.
As a web designer, I‘m quite often asked if I can design the site and then ‘slot the content in’ afterwards. The answer is, unfortunately, no. Think about your site’s users – they’re visiting your site for the content, not the design(!), so this is an absolutely crucial aspect of your site to spend some time on and get right. Trying to build a site without the content can lead to some major flaws as the designer has to make quite a lot of assumptions about what will be available content-wise.
Fortunately, seeing as you’ve just completed the research process, you should now be in a pretty good position to create the initial content for your site. You may even be feeling particularly inspired by some of the content you’ve seen on your internet travels. So, where to begin?
Having a site designed (or redesigned) can be an exciting prospect – it’s your opportunity to carve out a space on the internet and choose how to present yourself to the rest of the world. However, to make the design process as smooth as possible, you’ll want to have made preparations ahead of starting the project. Not only can this sort of planning help to make designing your website much more straightforward, but this initial groundwork can help make your site a success in the long-term, too.
So, what should you have done before work commences on your site? There are various aspects to consider, and the depth to which you will go into these varies greatly depending on the type and complexity of site, but all should be considered to at least some degree. In this short series of blog posts, we’ll look at how to prepare for your next design project – we’ll start with research.
A friend recently asked me to compile a shortlist of tips for a university workshop he was running on creating great musician websites on WordPress. This is a common situation for many musicians at the beginning of their career or when starting a new project, but without experience of building websites it can be difficult to know where to start and what to prioritise.