June 9, 2009

List the Content and Functionality You Need


Hostway Team

By Hostway

At this point in your planning, you’re probably getting excited about some of the ideas you have for your Web site. Now the fun begins. It’s time to decide how each page of your Web site will look and what functionality it needs to include to help you accomplish your goals.

You will need your site map for this step. Start with your home page. What is the first thing you want people to see when they visit your site?

For example, if you’re a photographer, you may want a flash animation of your best photographs as an introduction to your home page. An ecommerce site might have product images for featured items or those that are currently on sale.

Document your thoughts for every page of your Web site. If you plan to hire a professional designer, and don’t know the scripts and code you’ll need to create the functionality you’ll need, just keep this list high-level. Your designer can help you pick the best way to implement your wish list.

Once you have a list, it’s a good idea to assign each item a priority level so you or your designer can focus resources on the most important items first.

Now that you have a Web site plan, you’re ready to gather the rest of the items (if you haven’t already) you need to launch your Web site, a domain name, Web hosting, content, a design and email accounts.

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