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Things to consider before setting up a website

Building a website for the first time? Here are few things which every website owner should consider.

Purpose of a website

Is the purpose of your site to inform people that your business exists and encourage them to get in touch? Is it to sell your products online? Or want to showcase your creative work? Having a clear focus will help you as well as your visitors.

Research

Have a look at other websites in your field. Look out about their layout, design and functionality.

Choose your domain name wisely

It’s not easy to change it at a later date. So choose it wisely. Choose reliable hosting.

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Know your target audience

This is the very first step in a website building  is to know your target audience so that you can tailor your design accordingly

Think on layout or flow of website

Same as Step No #2. Do research. Spend some time visiting websites of your competitors to decide the layout you want to go for. Accordingly plan page design  and content for your website with web designer.

Get Logo Designed for your brand

Your logo is a visual cornerstone of a company’s brand. Your company’s identity is visually expressed through its logo, which is one of the main things that makes your business memorable.

Get images and content ready

Good website is all about images and content (Along Good Design). Choose images which will represent the purpose of website effectively.

Don’t write in with long, lengthy paragraphs. Keep your content relevant and concise to hold your visitors’ attention. Content will help make your brand stand out of the crowd.

Set a deadline

Set deadline with designer and developer otherwise you will end up with endless work. The reason that it is important to set and meet deadlines is so that the recipient receives the quality standard . It also makes it easier for designer and developer to go over your work and check to see if it reaches the quality standard. Meeting deadlines ensures reliability and respect for anyone.

Scalability & Maintenance

This is especially important for sites on a budget.  Make sure your site is built with growth in mind.  The design should allow for additional pages as needed.

Search Engine Optimization

Best solution to search engine ranking is to  simply keep your site updated.  The more updates you do, and the more valuable the information your site has on it, the higher your site will rise in search rankings.

Web Design Process

Web site designing is a process, consisting of following phases:

  • Project Definition
  • Site Structure / Wire framing
  • Visual Design
  • Website Development
  • Testing Testing Testing
  • Launch
  • Maintenance

A detailed website design and development process can speed up your work and help your client understand your role in the project. Here is a detailed infographic of web design process.

Periodic Table of Web Design Process
Periodic Table of Web Design Process – created by
New Design Group

What is SEO/ Search Engine Optimization

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is all about common sense and simplicity. The purpose of SEO is to make a website as search engine friendly as possible. It’s really not that difficult. SEO doesn’t require any specialized knowledge of algorithms, programming or taxonomy but it does require a basic understanding of how search engine works.
One of the most effective ways to drive visitors to your website at the lowest cost is to build your website’s organic search engine ranking.

What is SEO?

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “natural” or un-paid (“organic”) search results.
– WikiPedia

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is

  1. SEO is a subset of search engine marketing.
  2. SEO is the art of ranking in the search engines.

How Search Engine Works?

Search engines perform a number of activities in order to provide search results – crawling, indexing, processing, calculating relevancy, and retrieving.

1. Crawling

It is the process of fetching all the web pages linked to a web site. This task is performed by a software, called a crawler or a spider (or Google bot, as is the case with Google).

2. Indexing

It is the procedure of creating index for all the fetched websites and placing them into a database.

3. Processing

When user performs a search query, search engine processes it means compares the search string in the search request with the indexed pages in the database.

4. Relevancy

Search engine determines the relevance of each of the websites in its index to the search sequence.

5. Retrieving

Search engines fetch the best matched pages related to search query and display them as SERP (Search Engine Result Pages).

What is SEO Copy-writing?

SEO Copy-writing is the technique of writing the text on a web page in such a way that it reads well by the page viewer (surfer) , and also targets specific search terms, so that the site ranks well for those terms.

Tips for Choosing the Right Domain Name for your business

Choosing a domain name is Crucial for the success of your business. Domain name is the first thing about your website which visitors see and remember.

Your website is the face of your business online.

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is a unique name that identifies a website. The domain name is a subset of the URL (Uniform Resource Locator).
Eg: http://www.mywebsite.com in this url mywebsite.com is a domain name.

What is a URL?

The URL is the string of characters you see in your browser when you visit a website. A URL is made up of five parts: the protocol, the domain name, the path, the directory and the file name.
Consider the URL : http://www.mywebsite.com/folder/file.html.

 

  1. The protocol is http://
  2. The domain name is mywebsite.com
  3. The path is /folder/file.html.
  4. The directory is /folder/
  5. The file name is /file.html.

So Lets move to our topic “How to choose perfect domain for your website”
Following steps will help you to pick the perfect domain.

1. It should be Easy to Type

Make it easy for the customers to find your site. Make it easier to type and far less susceptible to mistakes

2. Keep it Short and Memorable

Domain names can be 1 to 67 characters long. Choose short and simple to avoid misspelling or mistyping. The shorter your domain name, the easier it will be for people to remember.

3. Keyword Rich Domain

According to recent Google algorithm change, it has devalued the keyword rich aspect of the domain. That doesn’t mean you cannot use keywords in your domain name. Try using keywords that describe your business and the services you offer.

4. Avoid Numbers and Hyphens

Numbers and hyphens are often misunderstood. Avoid multiple hyphens.
There are advantages and dis advantages of using hyphens in domain names.

Advantages
1. Google treats hyphens as separators. Search engines can distinguish your keywords better and thus return your site more prominently in search results for those keywords occurring in your domain name.
2. When non-hyphenated form is not available. At least this way, you still get the domain name you want.

Disadvantages
1. Hyphenated domains are usually confusing. People usually get confused with the dash. They often forget the dash.
2. This may result in a huge loss in traffic.

5. Target Your Area

If your business is local, consider including your city or state in your domain name to make it easy for local customers to find and remember.

6. Do Research

Make sure the name you’ve selected isn’t trademarked, copyrighted or being used by another company.

7. Choose proper Domain Name Extension

Extensions are suffixes, such as .COM or .NET, at the end of Web addresses.

.COM is the most popular, .NET is the second most popular domain suffix.

Some other extension are–

  1. .co :  an abbreviation for company, commerce, and community
  2. .net :  technical, Internet infrastructure sites.
  3. .org :  non-commercial organizations and non-profits.
  4. .info :  informational sites.
  5. .biz :  business or commercial use, like ecommerce sites.
  6. .me :  blogs, resumes or personal sites.

8. Protect your Brand

You should purchase various domain extensions, as well as misspelled versions of your domain name. This prevents competitors from registering other versions and ensures your customers are directed to your website, even if they mistype it.
You don’t need to build a website for every domain. Just forward any additional domains to your primary website.

9. Do it Fast

Domain names sell quickly. Thankfully, they’re also inexpensive, so register your favorite domain names as soon as possible.

Why do businesses need a website?

Having a website is like opening a door and inviting potential customers into your business.
So…Why does YOUR business need a website?

  • Website advertises your business 24x7x365. Even if you are not at work, your website is.
  • Most effective way of advertising
  • Expands your reach
  • Far Cheaper and Much More Flexible Than Print Advertising
  • Improves credibility of business
  • Improves business’s visibility, accessibility..
  • Help businesses to establish reputation.

One of the most unexpected things when you look at small businesses is how many of them don’t have a website. In this age of internet, website has become an essential component of every industry. Any business that does not have a website is missing out on one of the most powerful marketing tools available to them.

The main reason that it is important for businesses to have a website is how people are likely to find you. These days most people will go online and search products and companies before they make a purchase, so it is must to have a website for your business.

Undoubtedly there are still a lot of small businesses that do not have websites, there are various reasons for this but mostly it comes down to the belief that they are expensive.  In truth a website can be built for very little money. Remember you don’t need giant thousands of page website for your business, just a simple site that tells people about your company and your products will be more than enough.