Website Design Considerations
Designing and Delivering a Website
Designing and delivering a website isn't a quick job, it entails planning, consideration, organization and communication. A website is going to be one of the first impressions your client, customer or constituent has with you, make it count. We take a number of factors into consideration when developing your website.
We take website security seriously. Period. For all WordPress websites we include in the proposal the inclusion of Sucuri CloudProxy security software. Additionally, we monitor all WordPress websites 24/7 and are alerted to when your website may go offline. We take all reasonable measures to ensure your website is secure from threats.
Your visitors are coming to your website to get information, learn about your business, determine your hours of operation, who you serve...well you get the idea. Having solid, compelling, meaningful content will win over gimmicks any day. Your visitor came to your website because they are in the market for your product or service.
Do you have a Blog?
If you have a blog on your website it's important to add content on a regular basis and to respond to comments as they are submitted. Your visitors can be your best referrals but you need to give them a reason to do so. Not every website needs a blog; but if you have one keep it updated.
Design within your budget!
Do you have unlimited funds to devote to your website with no regard to any expenses? Didn't think so. After consulting with you about your website needs, expectations, future plans and budget, we'll provide a proposal that will work with what you need and what you can afford. When you're ready to upgrade, we'll work with you to make upgrades as your budget allows.
Search Engine Optimization
If you provide solid content, useful information and build a website that loads efficiently and is accessible to those using a mobile device you're ahead of the pack. Unfortunately putting all of these things together takes a bit of time and most novices can't be bothered or don't know how to coordinate it all. There are no guarantees in getting your website to the first place of Google, but if you're providing the content your visitors need then the rest will fall into place.
The Home Page
This is where the "rubber meets the road" in many cases. Your homepage is the first impression of your "first impression". That's a tall order but with proper planning can be one of the most productive areas of your website. We will design a homepage that will have all of the elements a visitor will need to find out more about you and most importantly, contact you.
Have you ever been to a website and the navigation was more of a trail of mysteries rather than a planned method of getting around your website. We'll ensure your navigation makes sense and your visitors can find their way around and to the content that matters to them most.
Although the website platforms we use are great for content updates, we prefer to make software upgrades as required. Although WordPress is a great blogging platform and CMS (Content Management System), updates to the core software and associated plugins can sometimes be problematic. We only update WordPress core when it's stable. The plugins you have installed will only be updated to the latest version of WordPress when compatible.
Content Management and Updates
This is your website and your content, we want you to be able to change the content, images, blog, on your website without contacting us. We work with WordPress and other platforms that enable the end user (website owner), to make the changes they want to make and when they want to make them. Many believe a website is a "set it and forget it" product; that's far from the truth. A website is fluid in terms of the content and additionally must be maintained to ensure all of the software is up to date. We offer low cost maintenance programs that include some or all of our services.
Graphics and Images
Website graphics and images can make your website really stand out from the others. Clip art just won't work if you want a professional impression. We have professional graphic designers that work with us to provide great designs. Whether you need a logo or a professional image, we have the resources.
This can be one of those areas you may think really isn't that important. Wrong. It is and if you have a website you should understand where your visitors are coming from. No, this doesn't mean you have to sit and stare at a confusing array of data, but reviewing it from time to time will reveal to you where your visitors are coming from and who they are. It's actually fun to do.