Whether you are the CEO of a VSM, SME, a shopkeeper or even an individual, if you intend to start creating your own website several questions can arise: where to start? learning programming languages or using a digital agency to create the website? Which colors to choose? Does priority go to writing content or to taking pictures? Etc. etc.
Do not worry, this mass of questions is not the one that « Mr. anyone » will be able to answer. However, we present you the first steps « t minus one » from the making of your website by yourself, or even before you consult a digital agency to outsource its development.
Do not worry, in this article we present to you the first steps to undertake in order to make your website either by yourself or by outsourcing it to a digital agency.
Step 1: The objectives
First of all, it will be necessary to define the purpose of creating the website, whether you want to have a virtual shop, to present your products, to propose a web solution, or perhaps to create an entertainment space. Regardless of the purpose, it must be determined, this will allow you or the chosen agency to position you, and to have an exact idea of what is it that should be done.
Step 2: The features
After setting the objectives, it is imperative to determine the actions which will make them possible. If you are targeting, for example, a news website, you will certainly need a zone to write content for daily viewing (by the website administrator), if it is an e-commerce website, it will be necessary to create a registration area and then another for authentication.
To better define the functionalities of your website, here is a sample of questions that you can ask yourself to describe the functionalities of your website:
- Will I need to publish content continuously?
- Will the website be collecting information from visitors?
- If so what are these pieces of information (their names? ages? addresses? etc.)?
- Will the visitors need to fill one, or multiple forms?
Step 3: The skeleton
At this stage, you will need to define how the navigation between the pages of your website should be done, the pages to which the user will have direct access from the menu, and those whose access will be conditioned by an action (the click of a button as an example).
It is best to determine the hierarchy of your website, ie. the menu, pages, and sub-pages. During this step, consideration of the features of your site is essential to avoid having useless pages.