The digital online world not only helps us stay connected to others it also allows us to reach people right across this magical, wonder of a planet we call home. But in the big wide world, and the even bigger worldwide web, it can be a little overwhelming and daunting when trying to figure out how to plan your journey. We at Coding Cottage might not be able to plan a trip around the globe but we can help you navigate and build your business-baby its own digital place, nestled in the online community.
Start your new year with a quick look at our three steps to get you going on your journey to an awesome website!
Step 1 – What do you need your site to do for your business?
This is one of the first questions we ask our website clients. When planning any adventure it’s important to get a clear idea of what it is you want or need from it. So for your website adventure, do you need an online store to sell your products? Are you looking for a place for your members to chat and access all your not-to-be-missed-resources? Or maybe you want a simple, super-engaging site for clients to find out about you, your business, and the awesomeness you have to offer them. Knowing what you want to achieve allows you to identify those crucial steps you need to take, to get there.
Step 2 – Determine the features of your site
So now you know your end website goal, its time to break that down into the specific features that your site needs to nail it. We’ve built soooo many awesome websites over the years, and for a whole host of industries. Take a look at the useful features other websites for your industry have or maybe you already have in mind exactly what you want to do differently to achieve your specific business goal. Make a list of everything you’re going to need to make sure we don’t leave anything behind. Here are a few popular features to consider – forums, product reviews, customer testimonials, image gallery, contact form, search feature, social media links, visual impairment assistance, exclusive membership area, events directory, donate button, sign up page, branding and logos…the list is endless.
Find the right platform
This is a biggie! For every excitingly successful adventure you need to make sure you pick the right ‘equipment’ to see you through the journey. There are tonnes of website building tools out there, so many that it can get a little confusing when trying to pick the right one for your business. Many will have their specialities such as e-commerce or blog platforms and some are good all-rounders. Our favourite, and you could argue the internet’s favourite, is the awesome, website-building-champion, WordPress! This free website builder is super-versatile with a whole fleet of compatible themes and plugin sidekicks that will bring all your chosen website features to life.
Any exciting new adventure can be a little daunting and will no doubt come with its challenges, but every adventurer needs their own awesome sidekick to help them out when they need it. We love a good website challenge and have helped many a business explorer get started on their website journey. So whether you’re looking for a simple one-page site where your customers can find out all about your business or you need an all-singing-all-dancing website with a whole host of features, we can help you navigate the website world, identify the elements that your website needs and build you the ultimate worldwide web landmark! Not only that but we can also provide you and your team expert training in how to use it, maintain it and keep it working at all its website greatness – but if you’d rather leave that part to us so you can focus on the exciting parts of your business and website adventure, well we can do that for you too!
There is a whole digital world out there just waiting to share in your awesome business. So let’s make a plan, get our website-bags packed and set of on our next great adventure!