When you begin the process of creating a website, it is good for you to know the steps
necessary, from start to finish. Web designers and developers vary in their procedures,
but the steps to website creation should be similar.

By doing your due diligence, you will be able to better track the progress as your website
forms. Prioritizing the time to educate yourself about the process and staying abreast
of the progress will greatly minimize the risk involved with hiring a freelancer or web
company to handle your website. Information is protection.

The following is an outline, briefly explaining the steps to website creation, and a bit of
information on each step. As I said, each designer will work a bit differently, but this
outline is a tool to understand the process.

1. Timeline

  • Laying out an estimated schedule for each step in the process, from inception
    to completion.

2. The Gathering of Information

  • Domain Name
    • Your domain name should be chosen and registered before design begins.
  • Outlining the Layout
    • Your designer will create a wireframe (flowchart), laying out necessary pages and navigation.
  • Content Creation
    • The actual text that will appear on your site must be written by you or a designated copywriter.
  • Photos and Illustrations
    • Visual aides for your website must be chosen and must appear professionally done.
      • Do you own suitable photos and/or illustrations?
      • Will you purchase stock images?
      • Will you create your own usable portfolio of images?
      • Will you hire a photographer or illustrator?
  • Audio and Video
    • Do you own a suitable soundtrack or video footage?
    • Will you purchase stock audio or video?
    • Will you hire a videographer?

3. Design

  • Physical layout of all elements including choosing color scheme. The design will most likely be created in a web creation program or a content management system such as WordPress, where a Theme (template) will be use.

4. Development

  • Writing HTML code, via design program or hand coding, and writing any scripting necessary for interactivity.

5. Cross-browser Testing

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  • The site should be tested on all of the most commonly used browsers, before launching live for public viewing.

5. Launch

  • Simply pointing your domain name at the correct server folder for web surfers to find.

6. Site Promotion

  • Social Media Presence
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn
    • Instagram
    • Pinterest
  • Including your website’s URL on all promotional material, digital or printed.

7. Maintenance

  • Periodic updates are necessary to stay alive in the search engines.
    • Additional, new information.
    • Blog posts

In the present marketplace, a website is just about a necessity. A business social media presence is an invaluable marketing tool. The task of launching and maintaining an online presence is a source of stress for many small business owners and managers. Expertise in your own field rarely crosses over to expertise online.

The beauty of the Worldwide Web is the equal access provided to any size business or corporation. In today’s environment, a brick and mortar store is an unnecessary expense for many businesses. Consumers searching for what you offer can find you online in seconds. A well-designed and marketed website, along with a social media presence, can help broaden your customer base at a reasonably low cost. Convenient online sales are now safe and simple. Getting online offers your potential customers access to your products, service appointments or online registration 24/7/365.

For businesses not selling online, a website is your virtual business card. A well-maintained blog or vlog (video blog), sharing your expertise, is a valuable asset to keeping your name in front of current clients and reaching new ones. A blog is also an excellent way to get noticed in the search engines. If you have the time, write your own content. Chelsi Graphics, LLC also offers weekly and monthly content services for both blogs and social media.

 

One thought on “Steps to Website Creation

  1. Elroy Vinck says:

    I’ve recently started a website, the information you offer on this web site has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work.

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