Being well prepared before you even contact your designer, can save you money and time. Our 10 free tips should 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 🙂
1 – Have a plan
Make a rough draft of the pages you will require, eg About Us, Our Products, Testimonials, Contact Page, etc.
2 – Research
Research on the internet other websites that are in the same field as you. From this you can often gain valuable I dont 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.
3 – 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 images specifically for your slideshow, make sure you stand well back from your subject.
4 – 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.
5 – Choose images that are WOW!
Websites are very visual and if you have great images, this will go along way to enticing your customers to look further into your site. If you dont have images yourself, you have 2 choices, either you can hire a professional photographer, like myself to take photos for you (this is not always as expensive as you might think) OR you can visit stock photography sites like istockphotography.com or 123RF.com. There are many stock photography sites that literally have millions of photos for any given category.
Simply search for your images, make a lightbox and send the link to your designer.
6 – Writing your content for SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
When you start writing the text for your pages, think about keywords. Keywords can be decided 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 would be web design and if my page was about Web Hosting, web hosting would be my keywords. Visit our copywriting services page.
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.
7 – 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 like can save you time and money. Visit our logo page for inspiration!
8 – Web Hosting
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 great deals on Web Hosting and domain registration. Click here to find out more!
9 – Domain Registration
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. Click here for our great deals on Domain Registation!
10 – 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 home page. Dont forget you know where you want everything but your web designer doesn’t.
Hopefully these web design tips, will save you both time and money!