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About 4 years ago Google required that websites be responsive, and by that I mean that they adapt to the multiple monitor size and formats. Due to a series of unfortunate events I found myself with website design software that was extremely complicated, slow and not conductive to the type of designs I wanted to do. "Minimalist websites", they were called, because frankly what you could do as designer was minimal. All of the sites looked the same, however the job of a designer had quadrupled, because now you had to design for the desktop, the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone. I honestly was ready to call it quits, but about a year ago I stumbled into this page builder called Elementor and then it happened, we fell in love and now we cannot live without each other.

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.

Sam Walton

If you can just be yourself, then you have to be original because there's no one like you.

Marc Newson

What do you want to know about website design?

Attempting to describe every aspect of what makes a website successful may not be realistic, but the following articles will take a shot at it. 

Mobil devices have change the way websites are done

With the advancement of digital technology, many more people are now using smartphones and tablets to search the web. Unfortunately, many websites are not designed to be viewed on mobile devices. This lack of flexibility has caused a great deal of frustration from consumers and developers. Responsive websites auto adjust to the size of the device in use. If your website isn’t doing this, you need to a call us.

What can we do to give your project the greatest chance to succeed?

Money helps, fancy software, expensive equipment, I’m not going to lie, I like all those things. However, the best way to guarantee success is when we align our minds, so we act as a team and not as individuals with different, sometimes contradictory agendas. When I say “alignment of the minds”, I don’t mean it as empty quote, no, there is a method to doing this and it makes all difference in the world.

Gather content

It is vital to provide the web designer with an understanding of the business, what the aim of the company is, what the goals are, and how the brand should be portrayed overall. Below are some common questions you should ask yourself when planning a design brief:

  • What does the business do?
  • What are the products and services available?
  • How long has the business been operating?
  • What is the size of the business?
  • What is the company’s vision
  • Where do you want to company to be in approximately 3-5 years?
  • How do you want the brand to be perceived in the industry marketplace?
  • Who are the ideal clients?
  • Who are the top rivals?

The website

You need to explain what drove the need for a new company website, as well as pointing out what a useful website looks like to you. Below are some questions you should ask when deciding on the website:

  • Why does the business require a new website?
  • Was the old website useful and in what way?
  • What do you not like about the old website?
  • What would the ideal business website look like?
  • What sections would the ideal website have and what would they be?
  • What functions and features must be included on the new website? For instance, a blog, gallery, forms, newsletters, search box, social media widgets, Google maps, e-commerce, subscriptions, and integration to current systems.
  • How will the success of the new website be measured?
  • What does the business do?
  • What are the products and services available?
  • How long has the business been operating?
  • What is the size of the business?
  • What is the company’s vision
  • Where do you want to company to be in approximately 3-5 years?
  • How do you want the brand to be perceived in the industry marketplace?
  • Who are the ideal clients?
  • Who are the top rivals?

The users

It is recommended that you describe who the ideal website users would be to allow the designer to include suitable features and functionality. Below are some questions you should ask when considering the users:

  • Who will be utilizing the new website? Try to examine the users’ age group, gender, location, and occupational status.
  • Why is the user visiting the new website? For example, they could be visiting the site for information, research, news, to review pricing, entertainment, making a purchase or download, or to find contact details.
  • Who will update information on the website?
  • Why does the business require a new website?
  • Was the old website useful and in what way?
  • What do you not like about the old website?
  • What would the ideal business website look like?
  • What sections would the ideal website have and what would they be?
  • What functions and features must be included on the new website? For instance, a blog, gallery, forms, newsletters, search box, social media widgets, Google maps, e-commerce, subscriptions, and integration to current systems.
  • How will the success of the new website be measured?
  • What does the business do?
  • What are the products and services available?
  • How long has the business been operating?
  • What is the size of the business?
  • What is the company’s vision
  • Where do you want to company to be in approximately 3-5 years?
  • How do you want the brand to be perceived in the industry marketplace?
  • Who are the ideal clients?
  • Who are the top rivals?

The design

Describe the appearance of the new website, including branding, site style and impression guidelines that need to be met. Below are some factors to consider when considering the website design:

  • The values you want to communicate with the design. For instance, is the site masculine or feminine, and is it contemporary or traditional. Does it have a personal or professional appeal, is it strong or soft, inclusive or exclusive, or friendly versus serious.
  • What websites do you like and what features of these websites do you find most appealing
  • What are your company’s brand colors, icons, fonts, and style guidelines
  • Does the company require a new branding?
  • Do any example materials or images need to be incorporated?

Timeline & Budget

It is vital that you provide a time frame and budget to help the web designer manage expectations of what is achievable. Below are some considerations to make when looking at this factor:

  • How much will need to be spent on the site?
  • When do you plan to begin designing the new website?
  • Is there a hard deadline for the site completion?

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