7 Important Things to Do While Developing a Website

Maybe you’re a small business owner who’s planning to create your first-ever website, or planning to do a total redesign of an existing site. Or perhaps your employer just gave you the task of finding a web developer to create a website for the company. Either way, don’t rush into this task until you’ve completed the following seven simple steps?

1. Get Decision Makers Involved

Whether you own the business or you’ve been tasked by a higher-up to develop the website, you need to get the decision makers involved. Get their input on what the site should do, what it will look like and so on. A word of warning, though: just focus on getting input from the key players. Think of it this way? Have you ever tried to order a pizza with a bunch of people? Everyone has a different idea about what to order, and it all becomes overwhelming as you try to settle on what to get. Same thing with your website. If you get too much input, then you’re going to get a lot of contradicting input that will just complicate the process. So focus on getting input from the top decision makers and key players.

2. Determine the Site’s Goals

Now that you’re focusing on getting input from your decision makers, call a meeting together to discuss what the site should do. You’ll likely come up with a list of several goals, such as: And so on. (This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means.) Next, rank your list from the most important to the least important. Then you and your web development team will know how to design the site in such a way that it best supports your primary goal or goals. Which brings us to the third point?

3. Hire a Professional Development Team

You may know someone who dabbles in web design, like the neighbor kid next door or one of your own family members. However, just because someone knows their way around Dreamweaver doesn’t make them qualified to design and develop a website. That’s like saying the guy who knows how to make a grilled cheese sandwich is qualified to run a four-star restaurant. Get the job done right by hiring a professional web development team that is skilled with web design, web development, database maintenance, content creation, lead generation, lead capture, marketing and SEO. (More on this in just a moment.)

4. Keep the Project Moving Forward

What you need to do is work with your web development team to set deadlines. Then talk to your in-house team so that everyone is in the loop regarding what they need to do and when they need to do it. Your web development team is going to ask you to provide information and content so that they can develop your site. Sometimes you may have to get this information or content from others. Your job is to keep the project moving forward by providing requested materials as soon as possible so that you don’t delay the project.

5. Create Content

A good website requires a lot of content. You’ll need content for the front page of your site, the “About” page, your products and services pages, your lead pages and every other page. You’ll also need articles to distribute around the web, content for your own blog, and even lead magnets like white pages or reports. Assigning content creation to one person on your team will be overwhelming. Here’s a better way to handle this task:

6. Test the Site

Once the web development team has worked their magic and you’ve loaded the content on the site, then it’s time to test the site. Generally, a good web development company will do all of this testing for you, which may include: In addition, a web development team can do split-testing to boost your conversion rates on your sales pages, lead pages, emails and other parts of your marketing process.

7. Maintain the Site

If you launch your site and just leave it to its own devices, eventually it’s going to start to look stale to your visitors and/or lose effectiveness. That’s why you’ll want to talk to your web developer about a maintenance contract, which may include any of the following: ? and more. Basically, your maintenance team will make sure your site is always in top working order.

Conclusion

Developing a website is a big task, but it’s also one of the most important things you can do for your business. That’s because a well-planned website will become the best sales person on your staff. Since this is such as important job, don’t leave it to the amateurs. They may know a bit about designing a site, but very few know how to design, develop and market an effective website. That’s where the team at HireAWiz comes in. Our web development team has been using technology to help small businesses grow since 2001. Find out more about what makes us the best choice for developing your site by visiting us online today!