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Thirumalesh Prasad C G Thirumalesh Prasad C G, November 19, 2019

12 POINT CHECKLIST TO BUILD YOUR WEBSITE

Building a website can be very tasking, the same also applies to update a pre-existing website. This makes it feel like it a big project, and you may find it difficult to even know where to start. One thing is certain, with the right team using the right tools, creating a website is pretty easy and manageable. What you need firstly is a good plan. This helps you think through what you need, when, who to call on, and how to implement them in each of the web creation stages. 

Planning has been part of our everyday life, and it is also important to introduce this into your website design also. To ensure that every detail is taken note of, we have a made a 12 point checklist for you.

1. Websites Purpose

What type of business do you run? And what type of website are you trying to build for your business? Is it an e-commerce website where you want to sell your products? Or is it mainly a website that gives information about your products and services? Perhaps it is a blog that serves to educate your users with informative content. Knowing this will serve as your starting point.

2. Domain Name

After you might have decided on what purpose you are designing the website, you then need to pick a name for your website. We advise that you pick a name that portrays your brand better. This name is what your users will call you by. Also, use a name that has SEO, this helps you show up on search engine results better

3. Logo

After your name, your logo is the next thing a user will be on the look-out for on your website. Work on having a simple but meaningful logo. Apart from the fact that you might have lots of ideas on how to design a logo, make it a clear one that people will see easily. After having the logo, try it out on different devices and browsers so as to be sure that it is well optimized.

4. Hosting

Your visitor should be able to access your website online. This means you will require the server of a hosting company. Some web builders have an in-built hosting tool, you can also choose to use a hosting company where you will have to get a domain name.

5. Create content

You need to know what important information you want to put on your website. They must be relevant and informative. At least include your business contact information; email, phone number, and address.

6. Website Navigation

People get easily discouraged when they find it difficult to find their way around a website. Do away with noisy designs and animations, you can include a site map as well. This does not only improve the users' experience, but search engine crawlers can also get around the website looking for relevant information.

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7. Compatibility and Optimization for Devices

Website is created so people all around can have access to it wherever they are and with whatever gadget they have. You will have users all over the world, some using laptops, others using mobile phones. You need to create a website that is compatible with every one of them and their browser. Not that those with phones will be missing out information because they are using smaller devices. The inability to do this makes you lose some part of your users.

8. Readability

The content and information on your website should be clear for all eyes to see. This is also in connection with the compatibility and optimization done for the website so it can fit in all devices. Before you put out your website, ensure that you test it out on all browsers and sizes of devices.

9. Website SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) makes it possible for search engines to find your website. Your title, header, keywords, etc. are important if you want to create a standard online presence for yourself. Use keywords that people often search for most.

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10. Call to Action (CTA)

This a way by which you can communicate with your users. With a concise CTA, a user can be directed on what to do next; if is it to subscribe to a newsletter, Sign up, or buy a product. CTA can help you convert a visitor to a lead and see them through the whole conversion funnel.

11. Website Promotion

How do you intend to make users find your website? You can put your website on your business cards, social media accounts, and other advert channels

12. Track Progress

After you might have designed your website, you need to take note of the progress and keep track of those visiting your website. Performing analytics can help you keep a note of the changes that need to be made. Inbuilt analytics tools can be used or it can also be done by the hosting company.

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Thirumalesh Prasad C G

Written by Thirumalesh Prasad C G

Thirumalesh Prasad C G (Thiru) is an entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of Inboundsys, India's No.1 Hubspot partner agency and an IT services company. Before starting Inboundsys, Thiru has had 12 years of experience working for various multinational IT products and services companies in India and abroad. He has been a significant member and worked as a user interface architect in designing the user interface for many web applications and products. Though initially an electronics and communications engineer academically, he was fascinated by and driven towards internet technology at the early stages of the internet boom, which ultimately motivated him to get a Master’s degree in Web Design and Multimedia. In addition to running Inboundsys, he is also an advisory board member in a couple of other design studios and digital marketing agencies. He is a passionate blogger and a writer who loves writing on digital marketing, inbound marketing, lifestyle, philosophy, positive thinking and motivation. A husband and a father of two, who loves travelling places, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and cuisines. In his free time, he likes reading books, experimenting with photography and loves being in solitude for a while. As a result of his varied international business experience, Thiru is an open, adaptable colleague who celebrates diversity in all aspects of his life. Of particular interest is inspiring positivity in others and this trait is appreciated by all who are lucky to have the opportunity to partner with him!

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