So you want to take your first step online. Creating a business website is a big decision and there are a few steps you must take before deciding to hire a website designer. In this post, we will provide you with all the information you need to know to have a successful website-building experience.

Prepare for your website

Create a budget

Websites can range from $500 – $15,000 or more. Deciding on a budget early on is critical to a smooth transition online. Costs can include hosting, domain registration, SSL certificate, content creation, and website design. A typical WordPress website built by a web design agency will cost around $3,000-$6,000 (according to Website Builder Expert). There are other “free” options such as WordPress, Wix, Weebly, SiteBuilder, and others. These options typically require you to purchase website themes, plugins, and other paid services to have a well-designed website.

Choose your time frame

Having a clear-cut understanding of the time-frame of your project can help you decide which avenue to take. A professional web design agency can take anywhere from 1 – 3 months for typical projects. If you require a heavier payload of functionality or pages, that time can increase drastically. It is important to inform your developer of your deadlines. This will help create a clear expectation and vision for your site.

Define the scope of your project

What do you want your website to accomplish? Will you be selling products or booking appointments online? Determine your business’ needs and create a game plan to accomplish those goals. Think of your website’s pages, services, and the design style you want to convey. It is important that you research websites that accomplish a similar goal as you. Use these websites to help determine what your project will need.

Hire a web design agency

Once you have completed the planning process, do some research on developers in your area. Every web design agency is different and provides different services. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or shop around a bit. Once you’ve determined your options, hire a web design agency that fits your individual needs.

What you will need:

When creating a website, you will be constantly working with your design agency. To ensure a speedy implementation and keep costs low, there are a few things you can do to stay ahead of the game.

Gather information about your business

Nowadays content is the key to nurture a lucrative website. Your agency will explain the necessary content required for each page. Submit this content as soon as you can to ensure that your website deadlines are met. If you don’t know where to start, your web design agency can provide professional copy-writing for your website. (typically at an extra cost)

Provide any relevant details about your brand

Your website is a direct extension of your business online. Therefore, the atmosphere of your business online should be the same as in-person. Provide your web developer with any previously used logo’s, professional images, fonts, and colors. This will ensure that your brand extends to all forms of media.

Think of your target audience

The colors, design style, and content structure of your website should have your target audience in mind. Create ways to make things easier for your customer. For example, a single page e-commerce website checkout process will provide an easier online sale, as opposed to a multi-step process that involves many loads and redirects before a customer can make a purchase.

Designing a website is a team process. Every project offers a unique digital experience that can have a big impact on a customer’s decision to take action. Hire a web design agency that will be able to serve your needs. Take the time to think about your website ahead of time. This will ensure that your next website is a success.

 

KC Vision Media is a digital marketing agency that markets for businesses of all sizes. We specialize in web design, social media marketing, and search engine optimization. Consider hiring us for your next project.

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So you want to take your first step online. Creating a business website is a big decision and there are a few steps you must take before deciding to hire a website designer. In this post, we will provide you with all the information you need to know to have a successful website-building experience.

Prepare for your website

Create a budget

Websites can range from $500 – $15,000 or more. Deciding on a budget early on is critical to a smooth transition online. Costs can include hosting, domain registration, SSL certificate, content creation, and website design. A typical WordPress website built by a web design agency will cost around $3,000-$6,000 (according to Website Builder Expert). There are other “free” options such as WordPress, Wix, Weebly, SiteBuilder, and others. These options typically require you to purchase website themes, plugins, and other paid services to have a well-designed website.

Choose your time frame

Having a clear-cut understanding of the time-frame of your project can help you decide which avenue to take. A professional web design agency can take anywhere from 1 – 3 months for typical projects. If you require a heavier payload of functionality or pages, that time can increase drastically. It is important to inform your developer of your deadlines. This will help create a clear expectation and vision for your site.

Define the scope of your project

What do you want your website to accomplish? Will you be selling products or booking appointments online? Determine your business’ needs and create a game plan to accomplish those goals. Think of your website’s pages, services, and the design style you want to convey. It is important that you research websites that accomplish a similar goal as you. Use these websites to help determine what your project will need.

Hire a web design agency

Once you have completed the planning process, do some research on developers in your area. Every web design agency is different and provides different services. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or shop around a bit. Once you’ve determined your options, hire a web design agency that fits your individual needs.

What you will need:

When creating a website, you will be constantly working with your design agency. To ensure a speedy implementation and keep costs low, there are a few things you can do to stay ahead of the game.

Gather information about your business

Nowadays content is the key to nurture a lucrative website. Your agency will explain the necessary content required for each page. Submit this content as soon as you can to ensure that your website deadlines are met. If you don’t know where to start, your web design agency can provide professional copy-writing for your website. (typically at an extra cost)

Provide any relevant details about your brand

Your website is a direct extension of your business online. Therefore, the atmosphere of your business online should be the same as in-person. Provide your web developer with any previously used logo’s, professional images, fonts, and colors. This will ensure that your brand extends to all forms of media.

Think of your target audience

The colors, design style, and content structure of your website should have your target audience in mind. Create ways to make things easier for your customer. For example, a single page e-commerce website checkout process will provide an easier online sale, as opposed to a multi-step process that involves many loads and redirects before a customer can make a purchase.

Designing a website is a team process. Every project offers a unique digital experience that can have a big impact on a customer’s decision to take action. Hire a web design agency that will be able to serve your needs. Take the time to think about your website ahead of time. This will ensure that your next website is a success.

 

KC Vision Media is a digital marketing agency that markets for businesses of all sizes. We specialize in web design, social media marketing, and search engine optimization. Consider hiring us for your next project.

Check Out Our Work!