Understanding the Basics of Developing a Website
When it comes to building a website, there are two types of people that are usually involved- the designer and the developer. In some cases there may be only one person, who is both the designer and the developer. The designer creates the visual aspect of the website, where as the developer takes the visual design and builds the site. In this post, we’ll get into a high level of creating a site.
Steps to Building a Site
1. Before you dive in and begin building a website, you’ll want to do some research. Any well-developed website has been created through extensive research and planning prior to building. Take into consideration what the purpose of your website will be. Will it be an educational site, a site to sell a product/service you provide, or a site to create awareness and so forth? As you are doing research, you’ll also want to setup a web host and purchase a domain name that your site will live on.
2. Once you have laid out the goals of your website, you can begin designing the wireframe. A wireframe, also known as a page schematic or a screen blueprint, shows how online users will utilize and move about on your site. To plan out the navigation, consider what people will want to do first when they get to your site, whether it’d be making a purchase or requesting information. You’ll want to make sure that people can get to their intended destination as soon as possible. The average online user will usually leave after 10-20 seconds if they are unable to find their intended destination.
3. Once you’ve done your research and created your wireframe, you can start designing the pages for your site. When designing your webpages, you’ll want to make sure the page contains a clear message or theme. If you want users to take action on your site such as signing up for your newsletter or making a purchase, you’ll want to make sure the call-to-action is apparent as possible and avoid using distracting graphics or fonts.
4. When you’re satisfied with the design of your pages, the next step is to develop your site in a development environment. A development environment is a process that allows you to build, test, and debug the site before pushing a site live on the internet. Be sure to test your site in multiple browsers and platforms such as desktops, tablets, and smart phones.
5. After you have tested your site multiple times and are satisfied with your site, upload your site to your live webserver. From there you can promote your site through social media, email, and advertising.
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