Careful planning is the key element to make sure your website design is created the most effectively and in the most efficient manner possible. Web design planning is your opportunity to define your website’s goals and to create a plan to achieve them.
Here is a checklist of steps you should consider for your web design project planning:
- Set the website’s main goals;
- Create a user profile list;
- Define your users’ potential objectives when visiting your website;
- Set some basic design features –you may want it to be funny, friendly, technical or business;
- Create a main competitors (and their website address) list;
- Define some key messages you want your visitors to remember;
- Define the technical requirements you may need – such as CMS or mobile integration;
- Set the web development project’s budget and timeframe.
- Analyze your competitors websites’ navigation and message;
- Create your website’s map, with content categories hierarchical ordered;
- Define Navigation Elements. Think of main navigation, breadcrumb trails, related links, pagination, footer navigation, and their visual display, like hyperlinked words, tabs and buttons;
- Design wireframes.
- Create multiple design concepts;
- Define the website’s forms with specific fields and validation systems.
- Define page titles;
- Choose background colors;
- Define graphics styles;
- Set horizontal and vertical rules;
- Define headlines, titles, subtitles and labels style;
- Choose text fonts;
- Define links and visited links colors;
- Display graphics (pictures);
- Define bullet list style;
- Create banners and define their styles;
- Design image gallery.
At CodeMyIMAGE we’ve developed an efficient process for developing small to medium sized web sites. We understand that every project is unique and proper planning is the key to ensure a website design is developed in a step-by-step process to avoid missing elements that would impact design and schedule. Defining and following a process, which includes considerable client interaction, should result in only minimal changes to your overall plan.