Website Planning Overview
When you decide to have a website for your business or personal interest there are a number of things you have to consider before you start actually building your website. Website planning has various steps:
Purpose of Website
Why are your building this site?
The first step of website planning should be deciding on the purpose of the website.
Determine what it is that you wish to accomplish with the website.
Taking the time to clearly define the purpose of the website will affect how successfully you reach the goals you set for the project.
Determine Target Audience
What is your target audience?
Ask yourself, "Who is going to be looking at my site?"
Now ask, "What technologies will your visitors have?"
When planning a website you need to assess what the target audience will be, what technologies their systems will have and what their computer experience before you can decide on your website technologies.
Determing your target audience during the website planning stage will give you a wealth of information that can be used as the website is further developed. This information can be used when deciding on which website technologies to incorporate, the type of website features you need and what the target audience is looking for.
Website Technical Considerations
Ask yourself, "What technologies do I need?"
The website technologies you will require will depend on the type of website you are building and what type of audience you have decided to target and accommodate.
Have your list of website technologies required ready before you move to the next step, securing hosting.
Website Hosting Costs
Website hosting costs influenced by website planning.
Your hosting costs are influenced by all of the above. When planning a website be sure that the web host has room to grow with your site.
Are there features included with a slightly more expensive hosting package that you will need in the future?
- Website Budget
Ask yourself, "What is my budget?"
When planning a website, budget can be a determining factor as to what features the website will have.
Seriously assessing what you can do yourself and what you need help with will affect the website budget.
As you can see, website planning has a number of steps to go through before actually building the website. The more time you spend on website planning, the better results you will get meeting your website goals, meeting your target audience's expectations, invest in the right website technologies, select the right website hosting package and remain within your website budget.
Start today buy determing the purpose of the website.