Ideas For Your Website

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Working out what pages and features you will need on your website can be a daunting task for many – here’s some ideas to help with the decisions.

We can help you with ideas for your new websiteSTEP 1 : DECIDE ON THE PAGES YOU NEED
There are some essential pages that the majority of websites have in common:

  • Home (usually this introduces your business)
  • About (this page is often used to introduce the business team)
  • Products and/or Services (self-explanatory and is often made up of a series of sub-pages)
  • Contact (contains ways site visitors can contact you and usually includes a contact form)

You can have as many site pages as you like and call them what you want. Usually it is best to group these under main headings with sub-pages that branch off underneath them as are used on this site.

STEP 2: COLLECT THE IMAGES YOU WANT TO HAVE ON THE WEBSITE
Every website benefits by including images within pages. It helps to break the text content up to make it more readable and can be useful for people who like to quickly ‘scan’ a web page to find information.
A possible downside is that images do take longer to load in visitors browsers than text, so it is very important that they are optimised to make them load as quickly as possible. I ensure this is done for all images that you provide for your site.

STEP 3: PUT TOGETHER THE WORDING YOU WANT TO HAVE ON EACH PAGE
Think about what text the website visitor will read first. This is usually the first paragraph on the home or main website page. This text is also what search engines like Google read first and your website ranking is based highly on this text – so make sure it summarises exactly what your business is about!
You ideas will then be edited to produce good, readable copy.
Decide on what contact information and details about opening hours etc you want shown as well. The more complete this information that is provided – the quicker I can get your business online.

STEP 4 : DECIDE ON THE MENUS, SIDEBARS & WIDGETS YOU WANT TO INCLUDE
Don’t worry too much about this as I will explain these design elements to you. Often, sidebars and standard widgets are included in the design you choose. It is worth understanding what these terms mean though, so on this page are some of the commonly-used elements.

  • Menus – there are many menu styles possible for your site – a horizontal bar as used above or a vertical menu in a ‘sidebar’ – again, as used on this page.
  • A sidebar is simply an area separate from the main page content that can be used to place menus, links and ‘widgets’.
  • A widget is a small application that can be run within a web page. Again, on this site you can see a selection of widgets.

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This is a sidebar
Most sites benefit from having one. Some sites have two.

Some examples of widgets:
Search - site search box
Links - shows links within your site or other websites
Recent Articles - lists your most recent articles
Article Categories - Eg: you may write articles under 'News' & 'Specials' categories