Launching a website that stands out from the crowd is really quite simple. It needs a sensible understanding of your own business – and then following these seven steps below to make the right decisions.
You need to plan a website that will meet the needs of your business, as well as the needs of your customers.
utilise your business and marketing plans, particularly when budgeting
set a firm budget and allow for contingencies. Allow a minimum of $5,000 for a well built, custom designed, basic website. More functionality will take longer and cost more to build.
prepare to hire a web designer: we ask you to provide a briefing document to help us to understand your needs.
choose a great top-level domain name and try to get the .com and .com.au.
Research website hosting and platforms.
Do a little research, ask around, check online forums such as Whirlpool and ask your webs developer to demonstrate examples of good hosting providers and web platforms. Find a high quality website hosting provider.
Make sure you:
choose a good hosting plan – fast servers will make a big difference in website usability and conversions.
avoid hosting with your website designer in case the relationship sours – we have a no lock-in policy at Webqanet
Consider the website’s design and usability.
Your website’s design is important for a couple of reasons. A good design builds trust in your business. A usable design ensures people can find the content or information they’re looking for.
Consider how your website can be used to streamline your sales process. Think about how your website can capture new leads from potential customers.
have navigation that’s usable and consistently placed on every page, consider having a sticky navigation (that always stays on the page).
avoid Flash and gimmicks that take your customer’s attention away from important content.
create a sitemap (a representation of your website’s architecture).
Writing for the web is very different. You need to map out what content will be needed and what your audience will be looking for in the future. Read our tips for writing copy for your new website. Also plan for images – big beautiful images can really impress your visitors.