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5 Steps to Building a Small Business Website

15 Apr

small business websiteWhatever business you run, today it is necessary to have a website. This is true for any service, product or manufacturing business because having a website is the cheapest and easiest way to reaching a customer. It not only brings you customers and thereby increases sales, it also builds your brand value and credibility. You have two options to create a website:

1. Hiring a Web Developer

2. Do It Yourself

You will know which one to choose only when you weigh in all the options based on your app functionality, platform of your choice, business objective, sales target, etc. Now, let’s take a look at the five phases of developing your business website.

Phase 1: Information Assembling

This is the first step towards the development of your website: Gathering information. This includes the several criteria that you need to take into account when you start to develop your website. This step is of particular importance since this is where concept building is accomplished, i.e. the purpose for which the website is going to be established takes final form here. The things you need to consider here are:

• Purpose

• Goals

• Target audience

• Content

Phase 2: Planning

Once you’ve finished gathering all the information, you need to put together a plan for the website. This will be your sitemap for the rest of the development process. Here is where you need to list all the headings and subheadings showing which content goes where. Customer friendliness and easy navigation must be your watchwords.

To this end, you must decide upon which Content management system to use such as WordPress, Drupal or Joomla.

Phase 3: Design

This is the phase that decides the look and feel of the website. A website that serves a financial institution needs to have a different design from a website that sells books for children. You need to decide upon the colour, logo and the elements in order to establish a proper communication with the customer.

Phase 4: Development

This is the phase of the nitty-gritty. This is where technically speaking, the real work begins. Have a homepage followed by a ‘shell’ page (on the inner side). This would be your template for the main content on your site. This is also where your CMS elements or shopping carts (in case of an ecommerce website) become functional.

Phase 5: Testing and Delivery

The final stage of the web development process, this phase is crucial owing to its impact on UX. The testing has to be rigorous for if defects are detected post production, it will invariably result in negative review which cannot be rectified later.

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