If you are reading this, it means that you wish to create a website and wondering how to go about doing so.
A website is the face of your brand name and it is what sets you apart from others. It is also an influential communication tool to provide information and knowledge with the content you publish. Our lives are more digitally connected and digital technology has become the core element of our daily lives. On this similar note, a website is also crucial for bloggers, entrepreneurs, small business owners as well as big enterprises. Having a website helps you to boost your brand’s online presence and establish credibility. With the internet being highly accessible and available 24/7, visitors can make decisions based on the information they received at any time.
You are highly recommended to choose a domain name and a top-level domain before creating your website. They are the foundation of your brand or business. You would like to check your domain availability here. The next step is to get your hosting plan. Whether or not you decide to build your own website or engage a reputable company to do so, you will need to pick the hosting plan that best suits your needs. The hosting plan will determine the number of email addresses you own, the bandwidth, and disk space. Check out our web hosting solutions that may suit your needs, or contact us via live chat on our website to find out more.
What goes into creating a Website?
There are 5 broad components that go into the process of designing and making a website.
The structure makes up the backbone of your website. It comprises the different elements that put a web page and website together. The elements are sitemap, wireframe, and storyboard. These terms might throw you off at first, so let us break it down for you.
Sitemap is essentially like an organizational chart that outlines the hierarchy of web pages. It serves as the navigation around your website.
Wireframe is the basis of your website’s visual aesthetics. It illustrates the web page outline, space allocation, text and visual presentation, and functionalities availability.
If the Wireframe is the ‘skeleton’ representation of a website, the Storyboard is the ‘meat’ visual representation. It presents how different images and animations play out as a user navigates a website.
With these 3 elements, you will have a strong structure for your website. They can also be used to create a template if you want to add more web pages to your site.
Applications are tools that enable us to perform an action. We call these applications embeds, plugins, or widgets.
For example, if you are starting out to sell your products on online platforms, you will require a shopping cart plugin to facilitate payments.
An advantage of having plugins is that you can embed a video from YouTube or even Vimeo into your web page without having to compromise your site bandwidth. Therefore, it is important to know the purpose of your website so that you can apply and enable the necessary plugins effectively.
Content plays an important role in delivering your page presence to the public. It is advisable to keep in mind how your website is projected onto search engines and how it communicates your website’s purpose.
The content of your website refers to text and media (such as images, videos). How you present and position your text and media, plays a big part in the page’s appearance. Providing users with a user-friendly experience will keep them on your website longer, decreasing bounce rate while increasing conversions.
As mentioned previously, how you present and position your components (such as your structure and content) makes a difference in the page’s appearance. We need to consider the visual aesthetics such as colours, fonts, patterns, lines, and the overall balance to create a cohesive look and feel of the website. If you are planning to launch an eCommerce website, you may want to invest in a good visual design, especially your homepage, that can grab your visitors’ attention. After all, your homepage could be the door to many opportunities.
After finalizing the above components — Structure, Applications, Content, and Appearance, the next step is to manage your content and future updates. You will need a Content Management System (CMS) if you are managing your own website and its content. One of the CMS that you can consider is WordPress. Many small business owners and bloggers are using it for its plugins and additional functions to beautify their website.
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