When making your own website, planning is the key to success. Without proper planning, it’s likely your website won’t be properly organized and won’t look professionally. So before attempting to create your own website, you should PLAN.
Here are a few tips on planning a website:
- Decide on purpose and goal of the website. Before you start making a website, you should think about the purpose of your website. What are you trying to achieve? What is your goal? When you answer these questions, making a website will be much easier.
- Think about your audience. After you decide on the purpose, you should think about the audience. What kind of people you want to attract to your website? Is the audience age or interest specific? Every article, photo, and video that you publish has to appeal to your audience.
- Decide on technical implementation. Once you know how your website will look, you can focus on technical aspects. You can choose to make your own website using website making software or premade templates from web-hosted sites. If you decide to use premade templates, there are many websites that offer them for free. They even help you with the purchase of a domain name and the set up of your website. And, of course, you can hire a professional to build a website for you.
- Make an outline on paper. Once you are ready to start building a website, make an outline of your website on paper. The outline will help you during actual creation of your website. The process will be much easier and faster.
- Check for logic and clarity of interface. After you outlined your website on paper, you should analyze it for logic. Make sure that all you subpages and messages are in the right logical order. If the interface is confusing, it’s likely your visitors won’t stay on your page long.
- Add images and videos. Another good feature to have is to post some images and videos on your website. While planning a website, create a folder for your images and video. Having the information in one place will help you during the building stage.