Are you planning a new company website? Here are four things that you should know before you kick start any website design and website development process:

1.What Are The Things You Need?

To create a website, you will need at least three things:

  1. A hosting service
  2. A domain name
  3. A website template (such as WordPress, for example).

Once these three things have been established, you can start delving into the other functionalities that you will need on your site. If you want to sell products online, you will need a shopping cart and a secure payment functionality. You may also need a photo gallery, online booking forms, a news room or other aspects.

2.How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of your website will vary greatly depending on the features and functionalities that you want to include. If certain functionalities need to be developed from scratch, then it may be more expensive than ‘off-the-rack’ website feature solutions.

3.What Content Do You Have Available?

Website content can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of the web design process. Everything from a company profile for the About Us page to clear and concise explanations of your products and services need to be written. You may also want customer testimonials and write-ups of your key staff members on your site. Consider what content (written as well as images) you have available and start thinking about how you are going to compile the rest of the content that is needed. A good idea is to hire a digital marketing agency that has in-house copywriters to help you with this process.

4.How Long Does It Take?

Most clients want to know right off the bat how long a new company website will take (and they are usually surprised to hear about the timelines involved). The web design and development time will vary depending on everything from the features that need to be created to how long it takes for you to submit the content that will be needed from the site. A lot of the waiting time can be eliminated by clients that are proactive about decisions and that submit copy and images speedily.

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