9 Steps To A Super Fantastic Website

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9 Steps to a Better Website

I ran across a blog post the other day that proposed 9 things you must do before you hire someone to build or redesign your website. Here are the 9 things they proposed.

  1. Gather all your information
  2. Have your logo ready in high resolution and several formats
  3. Gather or have photos taken that showcase your business
  4. Have a list of what you like and want your website to look like
  5. Create a list of your website needs
  6. Decide on the focus of your website
  7. Plan how you will handle the leads that come in
  8. Create a plan for your blog
  9. Plan for the future

While each of these options has a place it can be easy for you as a client to come to a designer and basically tell them how to create your website. There are web designers that do that but I tend to think of them as web constructors. They just do what you want them to do. If that is what you want to do go for it. But consider for a moment the benefits of hiring a web design professional.

At Smitten, we believe that hiring a web designer should allow you to leverage their professional experience to craft an experience your customers will enjoy. We believe your web designer should help you present your company’s unique selling proposition (USP) while telling your story so it connects with your ideal customers.

While each of the 9 steps above are part of developing a great web experience for your customers we believe it is important to consult with your design professional during this process. By leveraging the experience of your web designer you gain the benefit of their experience while planning and gathering the necessary material with which to craft an exceptional experience for your customers.

I’d recommend being aware of the 9 steps above so you can be mentally prepared to work with your web designer as you gather and provide the needed information to create a great final product; a website that clearly says who you are, has a clear focus, and allows your customers to easily interact with your site. The outcome results in added value for you and your customers.

Trevor Wilson

Trevor Wilson

Trevor is a love-focused branding specialist helping our team constantly fine-tune our obsessions. He’s a passionate learner and teacher, distilling over 100 industry-related books a year into digestible bits that make Smitten’s client projects more powerful every day.

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About This Little Agency: Back in 2007, in a little town on the southern border of Washington State, Trevor and Kama Wilson braved the naysayers saying it was absurd to try to earn their full-time income together online. Despite criticism and even moving into a single car garage for awhile so they could pursue their dream, they worked unearthly hours, studied endlessly, made costly mistakes, and figured out how to make their entire income online. After successfully running 700 websites (and living entirely and well off the profits), they opened Smitten (formerly Peppermint) to use their inborn, honed obsessions for alluring design, captivating content and personable branding to help other business owners get more ❤ too. 

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