The web design process – Step 4: Development

We’re now up to the exciting part of the web design process!

The development step is where the website itself is created. 

This is done by first developing the homepage (the most important page on your website), followed by a rough draft of the other pages. 

Elements such as the CMS (content management system) like WordPress (our recommended CMS, which is used for 29% of the world’s websites), contact forms, live chat, ecommerce shopping carts, photo galleries, sliders etc are made functional during this step.

In this step you might want to think more seriously about SEO (Search Engine Optimisation – which will need to influence how you write your content), specific content that your audience would like to read about, how interactive you want your website to be (live chat or contact form only), how will you get your audience to read and stay loyal to your website (especially if you’re trying to sell something), have a privacy policy and terms of use document ready, the user experience, and basically the aesthetics of your site.

Remember that first impressions matter and your home page (most likely) will be where your audience will land. Make sure you make a good impression.

Happy designing!

If you’d like help with any aspect of your website please contact Nerdy Pandy at pandeli@nerdypandy.com.

 

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The web design process – Step 3: Design

Drawing from the information gathered in Steps 1 and 2, it’s time now to determine how your site looks and feels.

It is important to keep in mind that most people will view your website on a mobile device. Make sure that your mobile site is user-friendly and clear.

As part of the design phase, it is also important to incorporate elements such as the company logo or colours to help strengthen the identity of your company or brand on the website.

If you have chosen WordPress as your Content Management System (CMS), there are thousands of templates out there (free and paid) which may suit your purposes. Don’t think that you have to build your website from scratch, and don’t be hesitant to spend $60 on a good WordPress theme. It will be worth it in the end.

An excellent source of WordPress themes is Themeforest. One of my personal favourites is Avada.

If you choose to go with a web designer, they will create one or more prototype designs. As a website designer I will usually give you secure access to your website to view work in progress. Communication between both you and your designer is crucial to ensure that the final product will match your needs most importantly and taste. It is important that you work closely with your designer, exchanging ideas, until you arrive at the final design for your website.

How do I sign up for SiteGround Hosting?

In our previous post we recommended SiteGround for hosting your WordPress.org website.

Let’s have a look at the steps for signing up:

1. Choose your hosting plan

SiteGround has three plans:

  1. The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting up now.
  2. The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and SuperCacher that greatly improves a WordPress and Joomla website speed.
  3. The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration.

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Step 2. Choosing Domain

You can choose to buy a new domain, or sign up with an existing domain. Free website transfer is included for GrowBig and GoGeek plans so don’t worry if your site is hosted on any other site currently!

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Step 3. Review and Complete

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Contact Nerdy Pandy at pandeli@nerdypandy.com if you need assistance with setting up your hosting plan.

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The web design process: Step 2 – Planning

The second step in designing your website is the planning step.

Take your time on this one because it will save you a lot of time and hassle in the future.

This step involves creating a sitemap i.e. a list of all main topic areas of the website, as well as sub-topics etc. Be as detailed and clear as possible.

The user of your website must be kept in mind when designing your site.

And remember: A good user interface (UI) will (hopefully) create a memorable user experience (UX).

CMS

You might want to do some research regarding what CMS (Content Management System) to use i.e. WordPress.org, WordPress.com, Joomla, Shopify etc.

You might ask me “Which CMS is the best?”

Well, that depends on what you want to do on your website and your budget.

Hosting

Below is a list of Hosting companies you might want to look at. You can also buy domain names from them at relatively cheap prices:
SiteGround
Bluehost
Netregistry
HostGator
GoDaddy

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My personal preference is SiteGround due to their excellent customer service record. However there are cheaper or more expensive options based on your budget.

Functionality

Another aspect to think about is what functionality is needed for your website.

Will you have:
Contact forms? WPForms is an excellent, user-friendly and multi-functional WordPress contact form plugin
Live Chat?
Sliders?
Photo Galleries?
Forums?
Facebook or Instagram feeds?
etc…

Contact Nerdy Pandy at pandeli@nerdypandy.com if you need help planning out your website. We don’t just build websites, we build businesses.

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New Project: Nerdy Pandy website

Check out our own website https://nerdypandy.com/ to view our latest projects, pricing, testimonials and some insights into the web design process. You can fill in a form on the contact page or simply email pandeli@nerdypandy.com to express your interest.

We work with any content management system (WordPress, Wix etc) that your current website uses. Or we can create a new one from scratch.

Maybe you want to set up an online store or have an app idea but your budget and time are limited. Contact us today to see how WE can help YOU achieve your goals.

At Nerdy Pandy we don’t just build websites, we build businesses.