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Thinking about a new business website?

If you’re thinking about investing in a new or redesigned business website, here’s a list to help you with your planning process.

Do you have a current business website?

If you do, you should take a look at what’s working and what doesn’t.

  • How often has your current business website been updated?
  • Do you make changes to the website yourself? Would you like to?
  • Where is your website hosted? How is the hosting company working for you? Do you find their support is available and helpful? (Five Web Hosting Points to Ponder and Hosting server options)
  • Is your current site mobile friendly and responsive?
  • What do you like about your current site? And, what would you like to change?

What kind of website are you thinking of?

Are you thinking of an informational site, portfolio, blog or news site, or a commerce site? Take a look at this article that describes the different types of websites.

Is there a site that you’ve come across that you like?

Get online and take a look at some websites. Maybe, look at your top competitors’ websites. Notice what you like and what you don’t like. Do you prefer a particular layout? Are there some features or functionality that might work well for your business? Make some notes and refer to them when considering your website project.

Are there any particular features or functionality that you will need?

When you’re looking at other websites, it’s easy to get ideas for new or different features. A lot of features are easy to include on websites. If you need some custom coding for special features or functionality, you need to be aware that this can add to the cost of your website project. The best approach is to have list for “must have” features and “nice to have” features. Then, when it comes to planning out your website, be flexible. Chances are you may not be able to get everything you want, exactly as you want it, but you can probably get pretty close.

How many pages do you think your business website will have?

This is important to have figured out because it will give you an idea of the scope of your website. Also, if you’re enlisting the help of a web designer, it will help to have your page number for a website project quote. I have had clients that wanted to limit their website to five pages to save money. However, when it came to building out the site, it grew to more than 20 pages. This of course had a big effect on the scope, cost, and timeline for completion.

Do you have a logo?

If you have a logo, the website should be designed in a way that not only considers the logo, but makes it stand out. Logo elements like color, fonts and style are important for any website design. If you’re working with a web designer, they should ask you about your logo early on during your conversations.

Do you have photos or will you need to use stock photography?

Sometimes, the use of photos isn’t something that’s thought of right away. It needs to be. Some people provide their own photos. Keep in mind that any photos used on a website will need to be optimized so they’re the right size for where they’ll be used.

You may decide that you want to use stock photography. This is fine and can be a good choice for some websites. I would recommend that if you choose to use stock photography, include some of your own photos. For example, include photos of your business location, inside and out.  Stock photography can be great, but keep in mind that other websites may also have the same photos. Whenever possible, use photos that highlight the uniqueness of your business.

What’s the anticipated timeline for completion?

You may want to have a website done in two weeks. If you have all of the page’s content and images for a smaller business website, two weeks may be doable. If you’re looking to create a commerce site with multiple products and a full checkout process, you’ll need more time.

A new website or site redesign can seem a bit daunting but with some thoughtful planning, you can make the job easier for yourself and whoever you decide to ask for help. Also, thinking through your website goals can make your website work harder for you in the long run.

Mohawk Valley Web Design Site Launch

Our New Website Launch

Welcome to our new Mohawk Valley Web Design site!

We are happy to help small businesses in the Mohawk Valley with their web presence. Together with locally owned small businesses, we create websites that really stand out in Mohawk Valley.

Our goal is to create great looking, optimized websites.

Creating websites that are professional and affordable is what we do. We believe in creating websites that showcase small businesses’ locations so folks throughout the valley can see what your business has to offer before they reach your door. We’ll take photos on site and using them to highlight your business’ products or services.

Print design services

Our print design services can be used for printed handouts, business cards, and more. We’ll provide businesses with graphics that can be printed on site, whenever they’re needed.

Marketing Services to reach out to existing customers, while gaining new ones

When it comes to marketing services, we first want find out what businesses are currently using. Then, we’ll see how we can help expand their reach.

We’re really excited about being able to provide affordable web design, print design and marketing services.

Curious? Contact us to find out more!


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