As a web developer when designing a website what to consider during the production of a website varies based on different categories of the website and, the kind of client you are dealing with. Some clients prefer something simple while some like something with a lot of attention. You need to be observant of the kind of client you are dealing with so that you can implement the right design strategy that best fit. The way you design a website for a startup will be different from the way you design a website for existing or large companies.
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Developers both beginners and intermediate may find it difficult during production to implement the right things, this happens to the best of us. There are certain steps to consider, and we will discuss the most relevant ones that can help every one of us better.
What to know before designing a website
We shouldn’t forget that a website must showcase the brand and what it does professionally, the website needs to draw attention to the brand, communicate the character and, express an emotional feeling about the brand. As a developer, when designing a website, we can’t just make a design out of the blue moon without proper research and understanding of what the brand stands for. We need to make proper research about the brand, know what they do, how they do it, and what they stand for; these will help us to make a proper design decision making designing a website for our clients.
Don’t make assumptions certain. Use the few points below as your guide during the process of designing a website:
- Get to know who the brand’s target audience are, the preferred age, gender, location, and device. As a website developer, knowing about the target audience will help you to understand the kind of design layout, image to use, and text content to use (if you are not given by the client) which is rare but let’s assume you are not in this scenario.
- Make you perfectly understand the object of the brand, if you need to ask questions, make sure to ask the perfect and polite question that will give you a better understanding. Knowing what the brand wants to achieve will guide you through the process of designing a website for them.
- If you are lucky some of your clients provide you with their website content, make the correction and suggest to your client, if necessary, make them aware of the corrections you made and why you have to.
- As you are designing the website for your client, don’t forget about the responsiveness of the website, choose the right breakpoint. If you are making use of a CSS framework like bootstrap or tailwind CSS, use the appropriate breakpoint techniques.
- Make sure you also design the website in such a way that it will not contradict the Search Engine Optimization of the website. All brands want to be found on search engines.
website design requirements checklist
When you are designing a website, you should make sure you have all the things required to get the job done. This will make the work a lot easier and make the design process let stressful.
5 most important things for a website
When you are designing a website for your client, by default you should know that there are some important things that a professional must include on the website so that the targeted audience for the brand will understand what the brand is all about without any difficulties. Know the right ones to use and when to use them or how to use them.
- The logo is important because it showcases the brand, a domain name that contains the brand name (your client should provide you with this but otherwise you will have to register a domain name for them from a reliable registrar like GoDaddy, Namecheap, Hostinger, and any many others), a reliable host plan too will be required. Also, you shouldn’t forget about the homepage where the whole magic of impressing the audience starts, you must design the homepage to draw the audience’s attention to the brand, it should be the target point for conversion, and use the perfect image where necessary. The image you will be using should be related to the product or service the brand offers, thou your client should provide you the images but if they don’t you have to do the work to look for copyright-free images, websites like Unsplash, and pexels should help you with these.
- About page: this could be an “about me” which is a page talking about the brand owner and the reason why the brand or business came into existence, or the “about us” page talking generally about the brand, business, product, or services and, what they do.
- Contact page: this should be a page where customers of the brand should be able to communicate with them, maybe to know more about their service, complain about the product they got from the brand, or some other things relating to the brand. This page usually includes a form page too. The majority of the brands do include a form to submit a ticket or send a message, it depends on the brand and what your client wants.
- Pricing: This page will be about the price for a product or service offered by the brand if any but if the brand does not offer any product or service there may not be a need for this page.
- Don’t forget to add a login/register page if the brand is offering a service that will give the user access to perform some individual functionalities on the platform.
when designing a website what to consider there are many things required, some are mentioned in this post, because we don’t want this post to be boring to you while reading, we will discuss other factors to consider later.