Website Development to do List

WEBSITE TO DO LIST

Website Development to do

What it takes to build a website

Website Development is one of the key parts of digital marketing. In recent years websites have taken over the world as a digital doorstep. A business can exist only online and be more successful than a conventional store. There are so many benefits to having a fantastic website that I’m sure you already know very well. As you already know this, this article will be on how to build a great website.

If you need more information on websites or fancy skipping this all and getting us to do it, get in contact with us using the button below. You can even check out our article on the 5 Musts for any new Website here.

Website Development musts

Hosting/Domain

Website development needs to take place on a platform. A website needs a location to exist on. This is where the host comes into play. A host is essentially a computer in a different location that holds the files that make up a website.

There are many different hosting providers who all offer different options when it comes to hosting. Shared, cloud, dedicated to name just a few. When it comes to picking, think about the size of the website, the monthly views on the site and how much is going to be on the site.

For a small business shared hosting is very beneficial, low price and perfect for the volume of the site. Cloud is perfect for larger companies, that might need to have lots of information, subdomains and a lot of functionality. For more powers, a lots of different websites on one server, a dedicated host is best.

The Host is set up, next is the domain name.  The domain is the address of the site. What address sums up your business? Registrars like Godaddy, one and one and so on sell domain names. They’re rather cheap, but a good domain can help build up brand recognition.

CMS

CMS (Content Management Systems) are great for managing websites. The largest and most popular CMS for website development is WordPress. By far the largest and most used. In fact, Channel Creative use WordPress for all their website development.

Install the CMS into the host server with a few clicks. Especially if the hosting provider is well known. Providers such as Bluehost, Sitegrounds, Hostgator and so on. Install the CMS onto the server and fill in the basic information to get the site started. Once the CMS is set up website development can begin. (a side note, but, its worth configuring the CMS in the settings page, change the main landing page to the homepage instead of posts and so on).

Website Development - WordPress

A Theme

If you’ve gone for a CMS like WordPress you will need to download a theme. There are thousands of themes out there to choose from, some free and some that aren’t. In a few minutes these themes will install into the website. To increase brand recognition developing the theme will help.

Some themes don’t allow as much customisation as others. If you don’t have knowledge of CSS and HTML its worth looking around to find a theme that matches your needs. If you’re unable to find a good theme you can always develop your own, however, this takes a lot of time and resources and isn’t recommended.

If this doesn’t work for you, you can always contact Channel Creative to help your website development project.

Some PHP/HTML/CSS knowledge

As we mentioned before, good knowledge of PHP, HTML and CSS can really help with website development. These types of code are typical throughout website development. Research into how to write and read these types of codes will help add more customisation to the website.

You can find lots of information on these on websites such as Github and W3School.

Content

So the design of the website is there, you have a great idea of how you want the site to look. And the site is now ready for content. For an experienced website developer, content is typically the most time-consuming part. With the need to create engaging and researched content not only for visitors but also in terms of SEO. Content is crucial for the success of any website.

Our recommendation for good content would be to write content that focuses on key points and helps guide visitors to a destination. Whether that destination is a sale and enquiry, its worth focusing on the process of getting that visitor to that point. Content should not be produced once, it should be written  monthly in the form of articles and blog, again, focusing on keywords. This gives visitors more reason to come back to the site.

Optimisation

The website is set up, the content is looking good and you think its pretty much ready to go live? Take a step back and think how well does the site actually run. Is the site slow, is the metadata set and is the content really conveying what you want it to say?

This is where optimisation comes in. Once the site is ready, start caching the site, minifying files and compressing images. This helps speed up the website by giving it less to load for each visitor. Check through the content, make sure keywords feature in headings, make sure the headings are set up, one H1 (heading 1) per page for example. All those not only helps make the website look better it also helps in search engine rankings.

Time for Checks

Time for checking the website is the last step. If this is the first website development project it takes time. Researching how things to create the site, working out what looks good, finding out if this is actually going to work all takes time. Even for experienced website developers take time to check their own work. Check their content and make sure the site is running smoothly.

Before a site goes live it is crucial to check every part of it at least twice.

Conclusion

To conclude, knowledge, time, research and patience all come together to make up websites. If you’re up for the challenge of creating your own website good luck and follow these steps.

If you’re planning your next website development project get in contact with Channel Creative for tips and help on creating your next digital doorstep.