Websites range from the very simple 'one page' site to some of the most complex online software in the world today. Actually even the humble one page site has made a recent design leap; they are still one page but you can scroll down or across the page with multi-layered functions occurring throughout, some are quite spectacular! Of course there are entire books and websites based on website design, programming and the latest breakthroughs. So we thought it best to discuss how to get a website started instead.
First things first, have you booked a website name? You need to ensure that you can book your business/ product name or similar to the name before you get started. If you can't get the name you want, think about a short sentence that best describes it.
Next thing you need to decide, who is your primary audience? Are there competitor's sites? Actually competitor's sites are a great source for a designer because you can show the designer the competition and what sort of sites you like or dislike. Then you need to write down everything you want to see contained in the website i.e. Contact detail, product/service description, photos, diagrams, videos, uploadable content, about, etc. Once you have these answered the designer and yourself can work out the best structure the website should take.
Just to let you know, even the simplest sites can contain a lot of information, so your business may be required to write the text and supply relevant photos. As we say at Socket to Me, you are the one who knows your business best.