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April 4, 2024

7 Major Steps to Designing a Website

Posted in: Web Design

7 Steps to Designing a Website

If you’re like most people, you want to have a website, but have no idea how to accomplish it. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a blogger, or a business owner, a website is key to the establishment of professionalism in your industry. We’ve compiled a list of 7 steps to tackle designing your website so that your online presence is put together, not thrown together.

1. Narrow down your goal

You likely already have an idea of who your ideal customer is. The real question is what would your ideal viewer be looking for on your website. Understanding the psychology behind attracting your clients is vital in all aspects of your business, including website design and branding.

2. Figure Out the Scope of the Project

Maybe your business is new and you’re just looking for a start to your online arena. An option for you would be looking for a quality website template that has just the right amount of pages for the content that you have. 

However, if you’re rather established, you may be looking at needing a multitude of pages that coincide with each other, have integrations for sales, and extra search engine optimization… This would be the time to find a professional web designer – like me – to bring your dreams into reality.

3. Create a Wireframe and Sitemap

If you’re creating a design site from scratch, creating a wireframe may be one of the most important steps. I personally love using Adobe XD to create wireframe mockups for every site. This gives you a chance to layout your website in a manner that flows visually and maintains consistent elements.

Once your wireframe is completed, your website seems to come together extremely fast and efficiently as you’ve made guidelines for yourself already.

4. Content Creation

Yet another vital step to creating your website is to create quality content for your viewers. If your website is filled with content that has no effect on your clients, your clients will find their fulfillment elsewhere.

Take your time in creating your content. Heck, you may want to consider hiring a content creator to professionally put together your materials and ensure that website search engine optimization practices are followed.

5. Visualize the Content

It’s 2024. No one likes reading long boring text on a website unless they are looking for something specific. Don’t let your website look like an e-book. 

Incorporate imagery that coincides with not only the topics you’re including on your site, but also that go with your business branding. If you’re a new business, you can look at sites like Pexels and Unsplash that have free stock images for use (make sure you’re following any copyright rules for using the images)

6. Develop the Site

If you’re new to the world of website design and development, you may be at a stage where you need to hire a developer to put your design into action, especially when using code-heavy platforms like WordPress.

On the other hand, there are many website building tools out there that require no coding at all. Check out two of my favorites: Showit and Squarespace. Both require monthly subscriptions, but are entirely user-friendly drag and drop options for all the DIY Website Designers out there.

7. Launch Your Site

To officially launch your site, you’ll have to make sure you own a domain name. There are many options for purchasing a domain, so you’ll just have to shop around online for the budget/name you’re looking for.

When you’re ready to launch, set aside a couple days for the domain to connect to your site. Wherever your site is built, you’ll find instructions on connecting your domain and securing your SSL certificate (security for your site).

If any of these steps seem outside of your timeframe or knowledge base for designing your website, reach out to a professional designer who will handle all of these steps for you!

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