Getting a new website? 3 tips for business people

So, you’re getting a new website or looking to get one. It’s one thing getting your spanking new website today, but be wary, you will probably be calling your designer again tomorrow to add or delete something you noticed after sign-off. Most definitely, your business will expand, specialize or totally shift focus and your website should reflect the new standing, and you’ll need to add new details, new products or change a staff member. This means digging, again and again, petty cash box for the sundry website design and update fees. While these amounts may be small, after a few months, these quickly add up to become quite a large sum.


This article was written to assist you in making sure you get the most for your website design bill the first time around. Below are three important tips that will save you time, money and future headaches when it comes to web design.


  1. Set clear expectations for the web design

How many concepts will be submitted by the web designer? When should the website be completed? What platform will the website be built on? Will you have a content management system? Will it be responsive to mobile devices? How will ideas and concepts be communicated during development? How many reverts, or edits are available to you as a client? Is web hosting included or will you supply the website hosting credentials to the web designer, and at what point?


  1. Have your new website content ready

Website designers will charge you more if they must create or organize content, source images and edit your copy. Try and supply a word document with proper headings and content which the web designer may simply copy and paste. Any images should be supplied in a zipped file or download link. This reduces the billable website design hours that you have to pay the web designer.


  1. Content Management System

Your new website should have a Content Management System (CMS) to allow you to make small changes after the development should they be required. There are many options available, currently, these are:

  1. WordPress
  2. Joomla!
  3. Drupal
  4. Typo3
  5. Serendipity
  6. Dotclear
  7. ImpressPages
  8. Chamilo

Along with submitting backend login details, it is important that your designer create a documentation file. This will allow you (or your internet savvy niece) to go in the backend and make quick changes that you would have otherwise been billed for.


Wish you the best on the web.


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