If you are to build a website, you will need to remember a few steps, which aren’t exactly the same as when you’re simply making a drawing or a portrait of anyone. Making a website entails a capacity for translating vague ideas into clear designs and layouts, which also means a lot of hard work and creativity. Needless to say, it is a job that requires a lot of investment, whether it’s time or money or resources in other forms.
Thus, when you get down and do the job, you will need more than just the minimum amount of determination (the kind you put in in when you’re washing dishes). The website deserves more than that, and so do your website visitors. So, be sure you’re paying attention, because here are a few steps to remember as you begin designing your website.
Go ahead and get inspiration
While others may not consider you an artist is the strictest sense, your job as a website designer is still close to that of an artist for a website. As a designer, it’s your job to make sure that everything in the design hangs together, which means you will need a regular dose of inspiration for it. This is especially true when you’re still starting out and you don’t know what to do. Stand on the shoulders of champions, work like those who have come before you and have succeeded.
Decide on your topic and purpose
One of the more important considerations for website development is niche. What is your website all about? How many other websites are already talking about your topic? What difference are you capable of contributing and delivering to your viewing and scrolling public? This is important to make sure that you’re not just another one of those run of the mill websites.
Make a plan (and stick to it)
This plan includes content, rough layout plans, as well as budgetary concerns. Take note: this plan does not have to be too specific that you end up paralyzing yourself. Just have something general to guide you along as you make the design.
Test, Publish, and Update
After you have come up with a working plan for your website design, it is time to test whether your design actually works. Keep in mind that your site needs to work as well on mobile as it does on desktop browsers. It should retain the same level of user experience, and make it enjoyable for your users to visit your site. Remember that your website traffic stats will depend on the kind of user experience that you offer for your site visitors and potential customers.
Check that all your CTAs are functioning well and that your site buttons take a visitor where they should. Re-read all the text content on your site and ensure that there are no spelling or grammar errors. It can be difficult to do this on your own, so ask a friend or a family member test drive your site before it goes live. Finally, after you publish your site, make sure to update it regularly. Keep in mind that your website design is a constant process of refinement and improvement.