Bring Your Structure to Life
Yup, it’s step four and you’re just now touching a keyboard. You have all of the nuts and bolts of this thing, now you need to assemble it.
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Go back to step two and create the structure that you’ve designed. Don’t get hung up on making it pretty at this stage. Right now, just focus on creating all the pages from your vision. Then plug in the copy you’ve created for each.
Don’t freak out, this is doable. We know that not everyone has an eye for this, but when you boil it down to a few steps and follow a few rules, it’s not as daunting -promise!
- Surf around and find some sites you like. Write down what you like about them and use these ideas for inspiration.
- Pick out a color palette. Sites like DesignSeed take all of the guess work out of this for you. Seriously, check it out. Try not to exceed 5 colors.
- Choose which fonts you want to use. Like colors, you can’t get crazy here or it will look jumbled and unpolished. Three fonts is the max you should be using on a site. MAX.
Images are super important and tough to find if you don’t know where to look. Here is a great site forfree, high resolution images. You can also snag a membership for stock photos at places like Dollar Photo Club.
Before you start directing traffic to your site, ask a few friends to give you honest feedback and help you find glitches or design flaws. Here are some questions from TheMuse about this step of the process:
- What is your impression of [my business] from the site?
- Does everything on the site make sense? Is it easy to navigate?
- Does it look professional and enjoyable to look at?
- Is there anything you would change?
That’s it! You’ve got a custom built site and you did it all by your lonesome. This process is a whole lot smoother and easier to tackle with a computer that runs well, at a reasonable speed. Doing all of this work on an old clunker will have you throwing in the towel right about step four (that’s the step you started using a computer). Contact us to get your computer updated, or if you need an upgrade. We’re also here for tech support and troubleshooting.
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