Each Web site is unique,
just as every business is unique. The important first
step in designing a site to match your needs is to determine
what your needs are. Sounds simple, doesn't it?
While we admit that it's fun just to
jump in head first, play around with pictures, and put
up a Web site (ok, so you're right: we don't get out
enough), it's best to go through a series of planning
stages that define exactly what you're going to want
to do with all that color and noise. We won't go into
all of the gory details here (if you're serious about
having a top-notch WWD site, we'll tailor the process
to fit your needs).
In a nutshell, here's what happens:
Determine the needs and goals of
your site: why are we doing this Web site thing
in the first place? How involved do you want to get?
How much do you want to spend?
Map out a basic site structure:
what goes where and how do you get there?
Pick your theme: how are we going
to tie the whole thing together visually?
Design: create templates, custom
graphics, optimize images, choose color palattes.
Test: hey, none of us are perfect.
We probably finished that last page at 3 AM, and we
may be spelling your mom's name wrong...
Launch: we make a big deal about
your site, everyone hears about it and loves it!
Maintenance: because on the Web,
if it's not up-to-date, you're losing business.
to get started on your Web project.