What comes first: the content or the layout? Well, if you have the content already, then you should choose a layout that goes well with it, draw it on paper. Otherwise, choose a pre-designed theme and create content that fits.
It’s what will make your website truly unique. Think about your new website at a high level first.
What is your goal? How many pages do you need to accomplish it? what do you want to say to your visitors? Usually, you should explain who you are, what you do and how to reach you. Be specific and keep it short.
Once you get the high-level idea, move to specific pages and define what you need to say in each of them. Place the most important information first and keep it short. Each page should have a call to action. Internet users scan websites looking for information. Make it easy for them.
Your website needs a layout that will display your content as a clear message to your visitors. You can do it in several ways:
1. Draw your idea
this approach is good if you already have the content. Grab pen and paper and draw the outline, how you would like your content to be displayed.
2. Pick a template layout
choose a theme and have a look at their demo pages. Think how to make your content fit into that pre-designed layout.
3. Look at other related websites
this will give you an idea what is the standard in your industry. Search for a website you like.
Color should trigger the desired response from your audience. The choice should not be based on your favorite color, but on what you want to achieve. You may find inspiration from pre-designed and tested pallets here. If you have already a color in mind, share it with me and I will create a palette for you.
Images should be royalty free and of good quality. To find royalty free images in Google go to images -> tools-> usage rights -> labeled for reuse. Remember a good picture complements your content. In the link below you will find a huge source of royalty free images.
I have pre-selected 3 excellent frameworks. All of them guarantee to provide a secure and search-engine-optimized foundation. If you are lost and not sure which one to choose I’m happy to suggest something. Did you already purchase a theme? Great, I will customize it for you.
By now I have all the above information from you and I have customized your website. We are almost there!
Once the design is ready we will meet to discuss what you would like to change. I will instruct you how to use the website. You have two weeks of questions after the site is live. In case you need more help you could consider a monthly plan.
The servers that store your website. You may choose the same company for hosting and domain.