This Web Design Portal hopes to explain clearly why people make web sites, then proceed to explain the type of site that is needed.
Web sites are made for many reasons:
10 Most Important Skills Needed for Web Design
A list of standard web design features needed in a great web site as presented by Andy Lee Graham founder of HoboTraveler.com 12 years in business.Read
It is a sad day here in Hoboville, I have finally deemed "Google Search" as worthless to our site, it neither searches correct, and does not earn moRead
Andrew the chief cook for the Hobo network of 100 Expatriate sites has devised a wonderful system for content management.Read
I love to research, and believe we have now created a way to collect information on the Internet simpler than Wikipedia.org.Read
People sending out emails with systems such as Mailchimp.com or Constant Contact need to know Tracking Links are being blocked by MTN Modems in Ghana.Read
Blog Snippet Layout Example With Thumbnail Photo - Web Design ExampleRead
List of pros and cons of show password when login or sign in option, this can help older people in Internet Cafe's or on difficult keyboards.Read
STOP - The rest of the list is not important.
If you cannot do the three essentials, you will need to pay people to do these task, and for sure writers are needed, they are the most important people involved in web design, because "Content is King." The secret is this, you must learn all these methods of adding content to your sites and learn how to use them effectively, when a person only uses one strategy it is often doomed.
Choosing a Domain Name:
Type of Web Site Strategies
The way the content King is inserted into pages will decide the architecture of the site.
Organic Search versus Offline Traffic Drivers
The first thing to know about web design is to ask the question,
"Are you going to get all your traffic from Search Engines like Google.com" or
"Are you present clients or readers coming to your site.?"
- Example: You work for a newspaper and they come to the site. Staples makes a site and the customers come visit, or CNN has news on and says, go look at our site. They must work together with the site, but if you are fully aware of your abilities to promote you can learn whether you need to learn SEO.
It is essential to define the purpose of the website as one of the first steps in the planning process. A purpose statement should show focus based on what the website will accomplish and what the users will get from it. A clearly defined purpose will help the rest of the planning process as the audience is identified and the content of the site is developed. Setting short and long term goals for the website will help make the purpose clear and plan for the future when expansion, modification, and improvement will take place. Setting a goal practices and measurable objectives should be identified to track the progress of the site and determine success.
Defining the audience is a key step in the website planning process. The audience is the group of people who are expected to visit your website – the market being targeted. These people will be viewing the website for a specific reason and it is important to know exactly what they are looking for when they visit the site. A clearly defined purpose or goal of the site as well as an understanding of what visitors want to do or feel when they come to your site will help to identify the target audience. Upon considering who is most likely to need or use the content, a list of characteristics common to the users such as:
Taking into account the characteristics of the audience will allow an effective website to be created that will deliver the desired content to the target audience.
Domain Registration - I recommend Godaddy.com
Hosting - I recommend any hosting that cost less than 50 Dollars per year to start, when you are making over 1000 Dollars per month, then re-evaluate.
Hiring Webmasters - Truly a no-win situation, you must be an incredibly big business to afford to do this, and if you do, he or she should work exclusively for you. I recommend you try to get on Elance.com and find a full time person to work for you, this is going to take from one to two years of paying the person to develop a site, and should cost about 400 dollars per month to pay a person in India to work for you. If you can, it is best to partner with a person in the USA, but if you cannot do the web site yourself it is almost hopeless.
Examples of Great Designs