10 free tips to save you time and money
Being well prepared before you even contact your designer can save you time and money.Our 10 free tips will give you all the information you need. Of course, not everyone has the time and patience to be so prepared which is fine, but of course, the more work your designer has to do, the more it will cost you.
Have a plan
Make a rough draft of the pages you will require, e.g. About Us, Our Products, Testimonials, Contact Page, etc.
Research on the internet, other websites that are in the same field as you. From this, you can often gain valuable I don’t want this, but I do like this.For sites that you like, copy and paste the address and send these links to your web designer with notes.
Get your images ready
Organise your photos.If you would like a slideshow for your homepage, make sure that the images you select are panoramic in orientation. Most slideshow images are much wider than they are tall. If you are taking photographs specifically for your slideshow, make sure you stand well back from your subject.
Name Your Images
All your images should be named. A good web designer should build your site, so that is accessible. Many users are visually impaired and use screen readers.When the screen reader comes across image001.jpg, this imparts no information to them. Google also likes your images to be named.
Choose images that are WOW!
Websites are very visual, and if you have fantastic images, this will go along way to enticing your customers to look further into your site.If you don’t have images yourself, you have 2 choices, either you can purchase our Photography Services or any other professional photographer, to take photos for you OR you can visit stock photography sites like istockphotography.com or 123RF.com. There are many stock photography sites that have millions of images for any given category. Search for your images, make a lightbox and send the link to your designer. There are also many free stock photography sites, and we have written an article, “Free Stock Image Sites” on this topic with links.
Writing your content for SEO
When you start writing the text for your pages, think about keywords. Keywords can be determined by imagining a visitor to your site. What words would they type in their search to find your page? E.g. to find Kimberley Web Design, my keywords might be Web Designers in Broome.Once you have decided upon your keywords, start writing your text mentioning your keywords, not too many times, as this is frowned upon by Google as keyword stuffing. Your text should make sense and contain your keyword approximately 4-5 times depending on how long your text is. If you need help with writing content for your website, get in touch with us to learn about our Copywriting Services.
Organise your logo
If you don’t have a logo, then start researching. If you have ideas, then sketch them down on paper.Do some research on the internet and look at others’ logos and take notes or screenshots of them to show your designer. You might like the font used or the colour used or the way the words link together. Having a clear idea of what you want can save you time and money. Kimberley Web Design offers Graphic Design Services, visit our Graphic Design Portfolio for inspiration!
For your website to appear on the internet, you will have to pay an annual fee to a hosting provider.Most hosting fees are between $9 – $100 per month, depending on your requirements. Kimberley Web Design offers excellent deals on Web Hosting.
You will also have to register your domain, sometimes with the same company who hosts your site but not always.Domain names are relatively cheap from about $10 – $100 per year. Your domain name would be something like this – www.yourbusiness.com.au. Visit our Domain Registration Services.
Organise your emails
Prepare all your emails for your web designer so that the subject will be relevant to the work required, e.g. Photos for home page, images for slideshow or text for the home page.Don’t forget you might know where you want everything, but your web designer doesn’t.