Deciding what your site will look like is important. Using the skills of a professional web designer to ensure the site is appropriate, attractive and easy to use, but your input will be vital.
Make a list of sites you like and don’t like, and why. This will help inform your designer when thinking about your new web site. If you make such a list you’ll be able to explain not only which web sites you like but also discover some reasons why that is. Perhaps it will be the overall look, or maybe it’s how the navigation works.
Above your personal likes and dislikes, you may have a brand look and feel to keep in mind. If you’ve developed your businesses image over a number of years, but not yet made the leap online, you’ll want to ensure the look, feel and corporate tone of the company makes the transfer too.
Alternatively you may choose to take the step of going online as an opportunity to update the look of your business wholesale, keeping your identity up to date and relevant to your target market.
Your target market should be the greatest informer of how your site will look. A site designed for well off retired people will look a great deal different to one aimed at students. Discussing the purpose of your site with a professional designer should ensure that the design is appropriate for the market.
Ensure you avoid companies who build web sites based on templates. They may offer a cheap solution, but by building your site quickly from a basic starting point, the site won’t look unique and runs an increased risk of not being relevant for your target market.
However beware, as you could have the most fantastic looking site that’s right down your customers street, but if it’s not intuitive and simple to use then it’s all for nothing! Ensure your designer has the skills and knowledge to make user friendly and browser compatible sites which look how they should no matter what computer the visitor is using.
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Kieran Harrod is a Professional, Reliable & Creative Graphic Designer skilled in print and web design, with bags of integrity. From logos and branding, posters and flyers, brochures and annual reports to web sites and customised facebook pages.
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Walking the other day in the Kedleston Hall with some of the family, we headed, not too far, to a tree atop a hill in a lamb filled field.
I like photoshpere images, they’re tricky to get right (and I’m still experimenting) but the results are great. And now Google has release an embedding widget, it’s easier to show them off.