When a business requires a new website to be designed, often they will have a real clear idea of how they want the finished design to look.
So, when a business calls our web design business, often they say we want a 10-page website built, and what’s the turnaround time on that?
Yet, there’s so much more to consider when having a new website built than just how many pages are required, for example, here’s just some of the important things we would need to consider:
– Have you registered a domain name?
– Will we or your business host the website?
– Which CMS do you require?
– Has your company got a set of brand-guidelines?
– If we are to offer website hosting, do you require maintenance?
– Will we be writing the content marketing?
– Do you require a mobile version of the site to be designed as well?
– Has your had a company logo designed?
– Do you require an AMP version of the website?
– These are just a few of the questions…
So, with so much to think about when having a new website designed, we thought we would be helpful, and write an article which explains how the web design process works at our agency.
We understand here at Walsh, there’s a lot to think about when having a new website designed, so we aim to make the whole web design process as simple as possible. So, whether you run a company in Cardiff that requires a one-page website, or you require a large e-commerce website built, we can help.
This article will help you to understand some of the information we need before we start building a website, such as who the company the domain name is registered with, if you have a set of brand guidelines, and who’s going to host the website?
We often start by looking at which CMS (Content Management System) we think would best suit your company
It’s important when you’re having a new CMS website built, to have a conversation with your web developer, about which content management system (CMS) that they think would best suit your company’s requirements?
There are a lot of different options, so do make sure you pick the right option for your company.
Have you created a set of brand guidelines?
Once you have settled on which CMS option you would like, it’s then a matter of creating a set of “brand guidelines”, your web designers will require this information.
Your brand guidelines will offer crucial information that will be needed during the design process, for example the PHP web designers, will often refer back to the brand guidelines, which will stipulate what colours to use, that is hex codes and also what font(s) to use. The brand guidelines are often used by web developers so that they know which logos to use as well.
We need to understand if you wish to hire our copywriters or your will be writing the text yourself?
Depending on the size the website, for example, if you are having a truly large e-commerce website built, then you might be retailing thousands of different products.
However, the product descriptions, and all of the text on your website, needs to be unique.
Therefore, a lot of businesses that are setting up, hire copywriters, which are sometimes employed in-house within the marketing agency itself- this can obviously help save time if you hire the right copywriters, who produce quality work, as you won’t have to write the text.
Have you registered a domain name?
Some businesses that are setting up, will have written a business plan, and know exactly what types of marketing they are going to purchase and what the website domain name will be. With that said, some business owners get disappointed when they are told that the domain name that they originally wanted has already been taken by another company.
Therefore, if you have a domain name that you want, then we would recommend registering it as soon as possible, otherwise another business might purchase it. There are plenty of businesses where you can register your domain name, such as 20i or using Godaddy.
Some businesses will have arranged their own website hosting, that’s to say they may want to host their own website not have the web developers do this.
Therefore our web developers will need to have a conversation whether you are going to arrange your own hosting or we are to provide the hosting for you?
We need to start designing the main pages
It is at this stage that our web developers can start to design the main pages, this is when the coffee machine gets cranked up, and it’s time to start writing code or designing the pages for you.
Developers are often split into two main categories that is a “front end developer” and a “back-end developer”, then also within some agencies there are copywriters who can write the text for you.
Therefore, often multiple different web design skill sets are needed just to design just one single website, therefore this is something would bearing in mind when you are picking an agency within the city of Cardiff. You will want an agency which has highly experienced web designers.
Our web developers will need to start adding the text
If you are writing the text for your own website, that is the content marketing, once the pages have been fully designed, then it’s time to start sending the text to our web developers.
The web developer can then switch the text into “plain text”, then they can start to paste this into the allocated spots onto the page.
Sometimes the web designers will add “filler text” just to start to design your website, that’s so they can arrange the different sections so that they are well designed, however once the web developer then gets the written text from the customer, they can start to add the content marketing and the finish the pages design.
We can show you the design that we have created
Once the website has been fully designed, and all the coding and designing work is therefore finished, we can make sure your website is hosted and set live.
You might see some web developers, which have registered the domain name, and then published a page which says “under construction”.
Sometimes the web developer will then switch off this feature, so that the client can start to see the finished design. Sometimes the website is built offline, and then put live.
You may also wish to hire us for ongoing services
We simply design rather brilliant and also well-designed websites, this is why such a huge range of different businesses in come to us, that’s from construction businesses through to e-commerce companies.
Once our clients see how good we are at web design, and how talented our web developers are, they often hire us for additional services, such as improving the businesses organic SEO.
If you are therefore looking for an established web design agency, then why not call us?