What can you expect when you start a new website development project?
So you want to start a new website or redesign your old website, great. But what can you expect when starting a new website development project? Most people are afraid of change, and on the web, change can be very difficult for you and your users. This article will explain how you can prepare for your website development project.
Know what you want on your website
You don't need to know exactly what you want on your website, but have a good idea of some of the features you would like. Do you want a mailing list? A flash slide show? Knowing the basics of what you want on your website will help your freelance website developer understand what you need and provide a more accurate quote.
Know your budget
Have a price range. The features you have on your website will depend directly on your budget. The more features you want, the more time it will take to develop, and the more it will cost. Makes sense right? A professional freelance website designer will be able to provide alternatives and suggestions to keep your site feature rich and within your budget.
Start preparing your content
This is possibly the biggest issue with new website development projects. Your website has been designed and developed but it's full of place holder text because you don't have your content ready. Do you want to launch your new website with place holder text? I don't think so. Now your new website launch will be delayed until you prepare all of your content, which can be very time consuming. If you're considering a new website, start writing your content, NOW!
Hire a professional website designer and developwe
Hiring a professional freelance website designer and developer will save you time, money, and tons of head aches. A professional website designer will be able to work with you and your budget so you get the most out of your new website. They can offer suggestions and alternatives which may be cheaper and more effective. They will also code your website using web standards and coding practices. Having worked on many websites that were not coded properly, I can tell you this will make a huge difference.
Before you jump in to a website development project, have a plan. Know what you want, your budget and make sure you hire a professional. If you keep these in mind will you are preparing for a website development project, the project will go much smoother and you will be much happier with the end result.
Need help preparing for your new website? Contact us today and we can help develop a plan that will prepare you and your business for a successful website.