Digital Arts, Design, Applications and Websites development.
What does it take to build a new website
What does it take to build a new website – whole process from A to Z.
Preparing or Planning:
Define the purpose of your website and your target audience.
Create a sitemap or outline of the pages and content you want to include.
Research your competitors and identify what sets your website apart.
Determine your content strategy, including text, images, and multimedia.
Choosing a Domain Name:
Select a domain name that reflects your brand and is easy to remember.
Ensure the domain name is available for registration.
Domain and Hosting:
Register your chosen domain name through a domain registrar.
Choose a reliable web hosting provider that suits your website’s needs.
Branding and Design:
Develop a cohesive brand identity, including logos and brand colors.
Choose a design style that aligns with your brand and appeals to your target audience.
Create wireframes or mockups of your website’s layout and design.
Select a website building platform or content management system – CMS (e.g., WordPress, Wix, Joomla) that aligns with your goals and technical expertise.
Install and set up the chosen platform on your hosting server.
Create and organize your website’s content, including text, images, videos, and any other media. Make sure the content is engaging, informative, and relevant to your target audience.
All media also need to be speed optimized, look at the next step.
Some functionality and content decisions must be made to comply to the country, EU, USA law, and meet usage requirements – take a look ar more aspects below.
Speeding Things Up:
Optimize images and multimedia content for web use to improve loading times.
Implement browser caching, content compression, and content delivery networks (CDNs) to enhance speed.
Minimize HTTP requests and optimize code to reduce loading times.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization):
Research keywords relevant to your content and incorporate them into your website’s content.
Optimize on-page elements such as title tags, meta descriptions, and headers.
Build a sitemap and submit it to search engines.
Create high-quality, shareable content that attracts backlinks.
Monitor your website’s performance using tools like Google Analytics.
Security and Protection:
Install an SSL certificate to ensure secure data transmission (HTTPS).
Regularly update your website’s software and plugins.
Implement security measures to protect against common web threats, such as firewalls and security plugins.
Set up regular backups to prevent data loss in case of an issue.
Once you’ve completed these steps, make sure to test your website thoroughly before launching it. Check for any broken links, design inconsistencies, or functionality issues. It’s also a good idea to gather feedback from others to ensure that your website meets its objectives and offers an excellent user experience.
Additional considerations to website content you might want to keep in mind:
Usability and User Experience (UX): Focus on creating a user-friendly website. Ensure that the navigation is intuitive, the layout is clean, and that visitors can easily find the information they need.
Mobile Responsiveness: With an increasing number of users accessing websites on mobile devices, it’s crucial to ensure your site is responsive and looks and functions well on various screen sizes, like notebooks, tablets and phones..
Legal Considerations: Depending on the nature of your website, you may need to address legal matters such as privacy policies, terms of service, and compliance with GDPR or other data protection regulations.
Accessibility: Make your website accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. Consider implementing accessibility features like alt text for images, proper heading structure, and keyboard navigation.
Testing and Quality Assurance: Before launching your website, thoroughly test it across different browsers, devices, and operating systems to ensure it works correctly and looks good everywhere.
Content Management: Plan for how you’ll manage and update your website content over time. You might need to train yourself or your team in using the chosen content management system.
Marketing and Promotion: After launching your website, you’ll need to develop a marketing strategy to attract visitors. This could involve social media marketing, email marketing, and other promotional activities.
Feedback and Iteration: Websites are not static. It’s important to continually gather feedback from users and track your website’s performance through analytics. Use this data to make improvements and updates as needed.
Legal Protection: Consider copyright issues if your content includes text, images, or other media that you don’t own. Ensure you have the necessary licenses or permissions.
These additional considerations are important to ensure that your website is not only well-built but also effectively serves its purpose and remains up-to-date and compliant with relevant regulations and best practices.
I have 20+ years experience of website building, so if you need any help in your website, please contact me or write markoze.Arts@gmail.com for any questions or tasks.
I'm an exploring artist, illustrator and creator of digital media (2D graphics, illustrations and 3D designs). I share my works, tutorials, tips, free art, items and tools. I also create websites (and apps) for organizations, communities, groups, people movements, faith organizations and more.