OPEN THE DOORS
Here you will find out the necessary steps you will need to take in order to achieve the perfect site for you or your business
PLAN & BUILD
1. IDENTIFY THEME
Browse the net and gather three sites you like the general theme and look of. Make a plan of how your content and images may fit with the look of those sites.
Make a sketch on paper or powerpoint of how you would position the segments of your content.
2. The Technicals
Hosting & Domain
Purchase domain - URL address of your site. Purchase hosting. It is advised to purchase both domain and hosting (including SSL - described below) from one provider. Recommended providers - 123 reg or Godaddy.
Secure Sockets Layer. This is highly advisable if a professional site or business (especially if you are to take payments from customers). SSL is required for google recognition.
4. STRUCTURE SITE
Choose the number of pages your site requires.
Menu & Items
Choose Menu Items e.g - Home, About, Testimonials, Blog, Gallery, Contacts. Decide how you would like your menu to be displayed - middle, side, pop up or within any other location.
Decide if you require a footer and if this footer requires an additional " menu" . This optional footer menu will most likely have different page items to the main menu. You can also choose to have other elements such as newsletter instagram feed, more contact details and other alternatives within the footer.
5. Contact Methods
Social Links / Email / Telephone and positions of contact and links throughout the your site. Decide what you would like within your contact form; name, telephone, upload documents, and any other items (step by step form with prices /check list options are also available which can be incorporated within the contact form).
Social Icons & Share
Decide on positions and locations of Social Media Icons e.g in Menu, Footer or side of page(s).
7. Additional Items
Pop Up forms, Download PDF brochure (other files), Decide if footer required, Newsletter subscribe, Menu items in footer, Instagram Feed, Motion Graphics, Table Of Contents and any other items.
Select your images to correspond with which pages and sliders. Send images in High Resolution. Save the image file name with your brand or business name and description of image within the filename title of image(s).
Self Hosted or Youtube Links - where to position on each page.
This is the CORE and most crucial element of your site. Plan correctly where, which text fits correctly around your site pages. Check your content thoroughly, have the content professionally proof read. Pricing strategies (if any), confirm with yourself the final prices and sales (sales). Categorise the content accordingly to the corresponding pages and images.
9. Zip & Send
Make one folder on your computer with all the different files and folders with and label correctly within main folder. Hosting login, Colours fonts. Home page, About, Contact, Social Links, Content, Images etc.
If sketches drawn
Send a scan or clear image(s) of the paper pen sketches (within the main folder you have created as described above in categorise).
Zip & Send
Zip Up The Folder and Send Via WeTransfer (or any other sharing platform) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUICK SUMMARY OF ABOVE
Reach for your pen and paper or your word document. Note the points which has been written here and get planning.
Remember to send sketches or link of desired site to mimic