InterDyne Web Design: Professional, Affordable Web Site Development, Hosting, Promotion & Maintenance
Getting Started
Serious advance up-front planning is highly recommended before getting started. Here are a few questions to ask:
  • What do you want your website to accomplish?
  • Who is your intended audience?
  • How does a web site fit into our existing marketing plan?
  • What site content will help reach your company's goals?
It is important to resist the temptation to "overload" a site with information and special effects that do not do not help meet the stated goals.

Once a good plan has been developed for constructing the site, here are a few methods that can be used to gather content:

Look at the competitons' web sites.

Note the things you like and dislike. Print pages, cut, paste and draw to sketch an outline of how you would like the website to look.

Extract from Existing Product Literature.

Look at all of the printed brochures, flyers, form letters, etc. that your company may have. Most likely there will be some key text and pictures that can also be used on the website.

Look for potential site content that is already in an Electronic Format.

Word or PDF Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, Pictures, Logos, etc. are a good start. Whenever possible, it is preferable to start off with content that is already in some kind of electronic format rather than printed pages.

A few more tips:
  • Make the site as intuitive and easy to navigate as possible.
  • Don't use graphics on a page unless it will help convey your message or create a desired effect.
  • Only use animation, movies and sound if they are important to conveying your message and don't slow down the site's performance.
  • If using Flash, minimize it's use as it can hurt your site with search engine rankings.
  • Only use as many hyperlinks as necessary. Too many links can be confusing.