website design 101
Building a website can be a fun, enlightening
project, or it can be a stressful and joyless chore. My aim
is to make the process painless and the end result successful.
I believe websites are about communication; delivering
your message, reinforcing your image and giving the visitor
what they want. In other words, helping you reach more people
and do more business.
how to determine the best design for your website
We will already have most of the answers
to strategy so, what's the best design?
The best design will be one that helps communicate your message,
that supports your image, that doesn't distract, one that helps
a visitor find the information they are looking for and that
aids in achieving your goal. And one that you like.
It doesn't have to be complex or clever, and I think this
sums it up:
less is MORE
Good design means that a first time visitor can quickly understand
the layout of your website, and find the information they are
looking for. Intuitive navigation should be a priority and
needs to be considered at the beginning of any serious website
Good design shouldn't distract a visitor from your message,
but should help them move quickly through the website to the
information they want.
If you want a site with lots of clever animation and music,
and you're not Madonna or selling Sony Playstations, then it's
likely that you'll be wasting resources and annoying your visitors.
Whatever your objectives, I doubt it is an award from the websitesthatsuck people!
My first step is to find out what information and features your target visitors need/expect from your website. This will dictate the Information Architecture (structure) of the site and give me an idea of site complexity.
Before we reach this stage it is impossible to give you a price estimate, but as people like to have a ballpark figure, the starting price for a professional-looking website with a fully functional CMS is from €3.000 + tax.
This is "from" price and bells and whistles addup quickly.
Next, positioning your website...