Key Elements of Web Design – Getting This Process Right Will Mean Business Success!
When you find yourself working on a web page, and the beginning stages of a web presence for your business or even your site that may not be business related, you need to keep a few key things in check before you proceed with your plan.
#1 – You Need a Design Plan!
Many people start off on the wrong foot simply because they do not know what they are doing, and they do not know why they are doing it, and they do not even know how to do it. They just try to do it because they figure they needed to.
When you do not have a plan it is easy to get distracted and derailed from your original plans. Your first initial step should be research. Know your competitors, know your targets, and know your purpose. If you are trying to sell goods or services, then you need to have those elements incorporated into your design. If you are just going to be an informational site, you will not require certain elements that a business would. If you were a fan site to a show, you may require certain permissions and written consents to display certain things. As you can see different purposes come with different requirements!
#2 – Once You Have The Basic Plan, You Will Need To Spice It Up!
Once you have the general idea of your site, its purpose and some initial base research done, you will have to customize it to fit your needs. You will need to add things like forums, update sections, product guides if you are a business, customer contact pages if you are selling anything or even providing information so that customers or page viewers can contact you with questions, comments, or suggestions. Some major setbacks can erupt if you happen to ignore your target audience and try to force feed them things.
You will find that customers know these days they hold the power, and they know how to use it. Customers are the ultimate weapon these days, and the moment you start taking them for granted, they will be gone. Just as there are hundreds of thousands of potential customers daily, there are hundreds of thousands of potential businesses out there looking to snag that customer or page viewer from you and they will be looking to at every step of the way.
#3 Make Your Presence Unique!
Do not become another cookie cutter business or web page. Do not stick to the “norm” and do not follow the how to guides. Use the internet as reference, and put your own ideas into play. The most successful new web pages for business and leisure are the ones that bring something new and exciting to the table! Do not be afraid to excite your target people, they will love you for it and thank you with their patronage!