If you are interested in having your own website for personal or business reasons, there are things you should look for when hiring a company to build it for you. The first thing you need to decide is what you want the site’s purpose to be for. Do you want the site to sell a service or product? If that is the case, be prepared to spend a little more. What you are looking for is called an e-commerce site. E-commerce sites will always be more expensive than regular ones because of the features they have. Your customers are able to purchase your items or service right from their computers. This added convenience is great for them because they don’t have to leave the comfort of their own homes to purchase great products. If you decide on an e-commerce site, make sure you research security options to make your valued customers feel safe making online purchases. Another thing to think about when going with an e-commerce site is the organization. This is very important because you want your customers to find what they are looking for with the least amount of work. Have you ever noticed that big websites like EBay and Amazon have everything broken down into categories? The reason they do this is simple. You want to find what you need and other things similar without feeling scattered all throughout the site. It would be bad if you are looking for car stereos and end up having to sort through TV’s or DVD players. As you can see, there are things you should look into if you are interested in an e-commerce site.
If you aren’t looking for an e-commerce site then you should go for something that is as simple as possible. For businesses, make sure your site has your vital information such as contact information and services offered. These are the two most vital pieces of information for any regular business site. I would advise that your contact information be easily visible no matter the page that the customer is looking at. Your site has more than one page but every single page should have the contact information easily visible. Another thing to think about is what the pages will be dedicated to. Most sites have a section for “About Us” where the main purpose is to describe the company or product. This page has a small description of why you do what you do. Another very common page is the “Contact Us” page. This is an entire page dedicated to displaying your contact information. Some websites also have somewhere where you can email them quickly. One thing to note is that while you may have a contact page, it is still recommended to having your phone number on every single page. That assures that no matter what page of your site the customer is on, he or she will know where to call for questions or concerns. The rest of the pages on your site can be dedicated to your services, products, or interests. Something as simple as the color of the site should be thought about and decided on before you even begin building your site. To decide on color, you must look at the target audience. Who are you going to be targeting with your site and what are you trying to portray? Most people are drawn to warm colors like red and purple but they don’t seem as professional as more neutral colors. Warm colors are good for sites that are for children or want to sell party supplies, window shades, etc. Choose blue or neutral colors for most sites. These colors will not distract the viewer and independent research shows that blue is the best color for normal sites.
The next point I want to bring up is the actual logos and content. Many firms or companies will design logos for you. This is very important for many people. I would recommend sitting down with the company working on your site and discussing what you are looking for. Getting together and sharing your vision is critical to making things easier. As you can see, there are many things to look for when trying to get your web site designed.