Identify Your Website Purpose
- What do you want to accomplish with your website?
- How does a website fit in with your greater purpose or business?
- Who do you want to attract to your website?
- What would they be looking for?
- What will they do as a result of visiting your site?
Based on the answers to those questions, what capabilities will you require?
Sketch Out Your Plan
Before you work on creating your site, take a look around the internet. Check out sites that have a similar purpose and audience—perhaps competitors’ sites.
Then, keeping your purpose and target audience in mind, sketch out a rough plan for your site.
Home Page: What do you want your visitors to see first on the “Home” page? How will you make a good impression and keep their interest?
Navigation: Make a chart of the pages you will have on your site and how they will be organized under “menus”. How will you make it easy for visitors to find what they’re looking for?
Header: This is the area at the top of your website that stays constant. It typically includes a logo and a navigation menu. What major features need to be consistent throughout your site?
Footer: This is the area at the bottom of your site that stays constant. It might include share buttons, links to privacy policies, terms and conditions, and a copyright notice.
Sidebar: This is a column on either the right or left-hand side of the website page that typically stays constant. It often includes items such as navigation, advertising, RSS feed links, newsletter opt-in forms, blog categories or tags. What functions and features does your site need to incorporate?
Prepare an Information sheet to record all of the key information about your site: Domain registrar, Hosting company, usernames, passwords and any other important data you will need to keep organized and safe.