Designing Your First Website? Some Tips to Get You Going! Part 1

designing your first website

If you are staring at a blank slate trying to decide how to design your website it can be helpful to sketch up a plan. It may seem counter intuitive to start your design with Navigation and content then pick a template after but it will be much easier to choose a template that works once you know what content you have and what pages you need.

Start by deciding how many pages you want to have and what those pages should be. Visualize your navigation menu, what important pages like Contact up or Services or Menu will be front and center and which secondary pages will be in a drop down menu?         

Once you decide what pages you will have, comes the part that stumps most people, content. The best way to tackle content is to collect information and collateral you already have and assign it to pages.

Content can be:

  • An interactive Google map with directions
  • Your address, areas you serve, phone number and email
  • A contact form
  • Photos and videos of your business, products, staff or services
  • A signup form for your newsletter
  • Your Twitter or Facebook or other Social Media Feed
  • A plugin that allows a client to make an appointment, order food or sign up for a class
  • A blurb about the owners, staff, or company mission
  • Recent community events you have sponsored or participated in
  • Any press releases or articles written about your business
  • A blog where you offer tips, advice and industry news
  • A service menu, class schedule or list of specials or new menu items.
  • Sales and introductory offers
  • Price list or catalog.
  • Customer reviews and testimonials