Within the corporate arena, competition is fierce. It is important that you keep up with your rival companies. Creating a well-designed website is one way to take the lead over your rivals. But before moving forward with a new site, you need to first understand the process of website design and development.
It is important to understand that this process involves a lot more than just coding and creativity. It is about planning all aspects of a successful website. These include non-technical aspects such as the purpose of the website and the website's content. Along with on-going processes such as maintainece, updates, and analytics.
What is the purpose of your website?
The first thing that you need to do is to decide why exactly you need a website for your organization. If you’re looking for a long-term website for your business, your website will need to be regularly updated with new promotions and offers. For this, you will need to hire a professional web developer and hence, the budget allocation will also be higher.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a short-term website for the promotion of a product or service, your budget allocation will be much smaller because your website will only be open for a little period of time.
Apart from this, your website design will also vary according to the purpose of your website. For example, a short-term promotion website may need to be fancy and interactive while a long-term informative website may need to be just simple and easy to use. The website designer will need to be informed of the purpose of your website so that he can choose the appropriate color scheme, quality of design, and layout for the site.
Implement your marketing strategy with a focus on your customer
The look and feel of your website is greatly dependent on your online marketing strategy. Your marketing strategy will let the designer know of the target audience and the method of promotion for the site. The website will then be facilitated with the features that are necessary for implementing your target audience. For example, if you’re aiming for a specific type of audience, the information on the website will be laid out accordingly. And if you wish to promote your website through the social media, plug-ins for social media will be integrated into your website.
1. Develop a simple and effective layout
We now move on towards the layout of your website. This is where the end-user experience comes into the scene. The layout of your site is about everything that the site will look after it has been designed and developed. This phase involves the actual ‘design’ of the website. Your layout reflects your marketing strategy and it determines what content will be placed where. Just to clear things out, here are the key features that any business website should implement:
User Friendly – The website should be easy to use and easy to navigate through.
Streamlined Navigation – A navigation menu that helps the user know where they are, and where they need to go to in your website.
Consistency: Color scheme, placement of content, and interactivity are three things that must remain consistent throughout your website.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO): The most important aspect of a successful website. Your website needs to be optimized for search engines so that it becomes the source for most of the traffic on the internet, particularly traffic that matters i.e. your target audience. Consult your website developer regarding SEO and he will guide you further on the matter.
2. Plan your website's content
The content that you publish on your website is more important than you might think. There are numerous different elements that contribute to the perfect business website. Good content is one of these. Several people talk about website content and whether it really matters in the long run. The fact of the matter is that if your website does not have the right content then you’re wasting time and money on it. The content on your website is everything that is going to define your business. Your website must be engaging, useful, and informative for the audience.
- SEO Friendly
What’s the main thing that you’re looking for when you build a website? Traffic. For attracting traffic to your website, you need to make sure that your website is SEO friendly. To do so, you need to ensure that you use ‘keywords’ that enable search engines to pick up your site. Determine ‘keywords’ for the content on each of your web pages and ensure that they appear at least once every 100 words.
- Short, informative, and engaging
People look for simple, clear, and concise information. If your text is too long, they’ll eventually turn away just by seeing the length of the information on your website. Similarly, if your content is too vague, people will turn away just after reading one sentence. Your content should be easy to read, it should provide the necessary information to the customer, and it should be interesting.
- User Friendly
Last but not least, your website should be user friendly. We often hear the term ‘user friendly’ when we talk about websites but what does this exactly mean? It means that your website should be easy to use, easy to navigate through, and interactive. This means that the user should be able to easily understand the options available. They should be able to find the information they require without much effort.
Content is the core component of a website that defines its success. Your business website is not going to succeed without good content. Therefore, when your website is in the development phase, ensure that you allocate the required budget and time to create useful and interesting content for your audience.