There are many processes and considerations involved in making a website. Web design is one of those things that almost anyone can do, but few can do correctly. There are billions of websites on the internet, and the one thing they all have in common is to provide information. Unfortunately very few of these websites provide that information as well as they could. If your goal is to figure out how to make a website, read on, because I will outline the entire process.
Preliminary Factors Before Begin Web Design Process
It helps to consciously consider the following factors before you begin web design process to making a website. If you’re able to provide yourself with a mental foundation before you begin the work, you will make the web design process much easier on yourself. Some are obvious, while others are not so obvious yet critical to the outcome of the project.
- Industry: What industry is the website involved in? This is a no-brainer sort of question, but knowing the industry (and even more importantly understanding the industry) is an important aspect of making the website. Industries can also have niches, and it’s important to know the niche.
- Market Research: Once you definitely know the industry, then you can begin researching the industry. This means finding the keywords associated with the industry and niche, as well as analyzing your competition’s websites. Examine what they’re doing, and figure out how you can comprehensively improve their entire approach. This includes ad copy, layout and design, pricing points, etc..
- Target Demographics: It’s important to know the visitor demographics associated with your future website. This will greatly influence the many design related decisions you will need to make.
- Objectives: Knowing the objective(s) of the home page, and every other subsequent page is very important. Some websites have a purely informational purpose that requires no action from the visitors, others rely solely on the visitor taking some sort of action, whether it be clicking a button or filling out a form.
- Timelines: If you’re making a website for yourself, a timeline isn’t so crucial. But if you’re making a website for a client, more often than not you’re going to have to deal with a deadline. Sometimes you will find yourself in a situation which there is not much time to complete a project, and you must account for this at the very beginning. The less time you have, the more shortcuts you must make.
Taking the time to consider each of these points in the beginning of web design process will help your project flow much smoother.
Web Design Process Step 1: Define a Logo for The Website
After you have gathered your preliminary information, you can begin web design process to making your website. The first step is designing a logo. Sometimes you may already have the logo in hand, in which case you can skip this step. But most of the time, you won’t have the logo and it’s what you need to address first. This is a list of what a logo SHOULD be:
- Simplistic: Look around you, the most successful companies have the most simplistic logos. Why is this? Because they understand that people remember things that are simple. If a logo contains a lot of intricate design elements, people are more likely to forget that logo.
- Creative: This should go without mention. But the more creative your logo is, the more likely people will remember it. Simplicity and creativity go hand-in-hand.
- Timeless: Avoid designing your logo with trendy techniques. It’s the hope of every business / website owner that their company will be around for decades, and you can end up hurting your image without outdated design trends.
- Engaging: It’s always a plus if your logo can give people an “Ah hah! Clever!” factor. The FedEX logo is a great example of this with the hidden arrow.
- Contrasts: Your logo should work well without color in black and white. Sometimes there are circumstances which requires your logo to be presented in a black and white fashion.
- Scalable: Your logo should still work if it’s scaled down to very small sizes. Once again there are instances in which your logo will need to be presented on a tiny space.
With the above attributes in mind, you can begin to design your logo.
The second step in Web Design process, we will start how to make a website using photoshop. This is the core of web design process. We will learn what we should follow when designing the website in Photoshop. Be patient, wait for this until tomorrow, and i’m sure you will enjoy reading this great article