Web design takes a good bit of thought and know-how in order to pull it off. Of course, everyone wants their website to be awesome, but it takes a certain mindset for that to be accomplished.
The design process must take into account two things—what the site is for and what technical requirements are needed. If the design is done with the goal of realizing the purpose of the site as the entire focus, it should be done well. It depends on what topic and/or niche the website is about, the target audience it’s catering to, what problems it’s trying to solve, what special purpose it’s trying to serve, and so on.
The website is never really about the creators and/or owners, but about the people. The audience comes first because they’re who the website is aiming to please. Therefore, in a way, the website isn’t really yours; it’s theirs. Keep that in mind while designing, building, and running the website.
Whether you’re designing and building the website yourself or have a Web designer on hand to do it for you, the details that go into putting the website online should not be ignored. You should know what a domain name is and what Web hosting is for in order to get a website up and operational.
The domain name is basically what people have to type in to visit your website; yourwebsitename.com. Picking the right one for your website means being sure of what your brand is and considering if that alone is enough or if you need to add something else that’s descriptive. For example, you’re the owner of Acme Hardware. Obviously, acme . com isn’t unique, but acmehardware . com may be more viable as it’s more unique and tells people what your business is about.
Web hosting is where your website is uploaded and maintained. Unless you’re going to have your own Web server, you’ll have to pay for a Web hosting service to do it for you. There are different kinds of Web hosting, each with their own features that could be of use to your website. Likely, you’ll be using shared Web hosting if it’s just a regular website with only the basics. If you’re an eCommerce site with more bells and whistles, then you may have to get into a more specialized Web hosting solution.
OK, you have your website designed, built, uploaded into the Web hosting, and set up with the domain name but, wait, you’re not done just yet. You must now set up your search engine optimization to make your website more visible to people on the Internet. A website is only as useful as its visibility, so you need to set up your keywords and topics right at the start in order to consolidate all present and future content and make your website appear in search results.