Your Web Design Checklist
There is an enormous amount of planning that goes into new website projects and anticipation and choreography play a large part in the final process. What this web design checklist is hoping to convey is getting your project ‘web ready’ and assisting to formulate web design briefs and planning statements required to get your web design project to the mock-up stage. It is exceptionally difficult to cover every contingency but if you follow these steps it will take you a long way closer to a successful web design outcome.
Once you have outlaid a plan for your new website your next logical step is to use a web design checklist. Feel free to use this Web Design Checklist to help you gather your content and to assist you with focusing on your design ideas. If at any stage you need any assistance with your Web Design Checklist, contact one of our web designers or our friendly and experienced support team at Dinkum Web Design Gold Coast on 1300 767 433.
Get Your Brains Trust Together
- Gather together your most creative people and/or those who will be making decisions on the design, look, feel and content for your website and get their input. (It’s best to have their input now instead of a month from now at your site launching party!)
- To get those creative juices flowing, check out similar websites to your own along with competitors websites to identify what you like and don’t like about them in the way of design, colours, graphics, content and navigation. This is an important step as the information gathered will help your website designer to put together your initial concepts, ideas and flowcharts.
- Be prepared to answer the question; “Why do you like the colours, graphics, content and navigation of the websites chosen.”
Define the Feel and Mood of Your Web Design Project
- Do you want the “mood” of your website to be fun, classy, suit and tie, simple and clean or flashy?
- Consider your current print, marketing materials or any existing branding.
- How will your website continue to reflect your desired company image?
Think About Layout & Navigation
- Consider your website from the perspective of your audience; not your organisation or your personal likes and dislikes. You need to generalise!
- How will visitors to your website want to explore your content? Will they want to see a list of services, a catalogue of products, see examples of your work, or get a quote?
- How do you want your customers to be able to contact you? Email, online contact form, phone or facsimile?
Make Your Home Page Engaging and Interactive
- What are the top 5 questions people ask you about your products or services? The answers to those questions should be on your website and easily accessible on or from your home page.
- Write a short paragraph or bulleted list that emphasizes your “unique concept or benefit” that makes buying or using your products or services a must.
- This is the first page your viewing audience generally see so you need to grab their attention.
What Colours & Graphics Do You Need?
- Simple colour schemes and fewer graphical elements are easier to read. Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS Formula).
- Would you like your website to have a similar appearance, colour scheme, look and feel to your marketing material (Flyers and Brochures)?
- Would you like to use your exiting logo and branding or do you need a new logo created?
- Watch your user experience. Too many graphics, photos and functional plugin elements can slow down page load times.
- What is the best way for your web designers to keep in contact with you?
- What is the best way for your web designer to collect relevant website materials?
- What is your target date for completion of your web design project?
Additional Considerations for Shopping Cart Websites:
- How many products do you want to sell online?
- Can the products be grouped into logical categories?
- Do you have product descriptions and photos?
- What kind of order method do you need?
- Browse catalogue to order
- Type in product id numbers to order
- Do you require any product variations
- Select multiple items from one page to order
- Will there be quantity pricing or bulk items?
- Will you be selling to both retail and wholesale customers?
- What will your shipping charges or special order considerations be?
- Have you set up your payment gateways PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, EFTPOS etc.?
Content Management Systems Considerations
- Define what type and how much content you want to manage. Will it be lists, newsletters, brochures, special offers, articles or calendars?
- If you update any of your web content like a newsletter at least once a month, it is a good candidate for inclusion.
- Consider who will be allocated to managing the content or if you will give the data to us to update your website.
Need To Talk With a Web Designer?
For assistance in planning your new website or for more information on a package, plan and price that suits you please call us at Dinkum Web Design Gold Coast on 1300 767 433 Today. We hope that this article can be of assistance to you with your next web design project.No tags for this post.