We often get questions from prospective clients about where to start with their site, so I thought I would take some time to address them as a resource for our visitors.
The first question we usually get asked is:
What do I need to give you to get my web site made?
We really need to have some idea of the following to give a decent accurate quote:
- An idea of the amount of pages you want.
- Some examples of sites you envisage to be similar or as close to what you like.
- If you are going to need any e-commerce solution or if it is a brochure site.
- If you have a logo or any graphics already created.
It’s beneficial for us to know what kind of pages and content you want to have, maybe draw up a list such as this for example:
This helps us work out a rough scale of a website and what might be involved. We also like to see other sites you like so we can work out the complexity of your design. All these factors go into the quote we give you. The more precise you can be the better the quote and it saves additional costs later or during development.
What do I need before you start designing?
You need to think of a domain name and you will need web hosting, the hosting is just server space where the actual web page files go and the domain is your www.mywebsite.com that points to that space on the internet. The cost is relatively small up to about £50 per year.
We also require your content, the sooner the better really as it allows us to start the draft design knowing what kind of content you are including in your site. The more content we have to format at an early stage the better.
Its a good idea to supply text page by page, so why not make a word document and separate your content out allowing us to easily follow your copy and how you would like it to work.
If you have any questions about getting started with your website just give us a call on 01425 340508 and we will be happy to help you make those first steps.