Have you ever wondered what exactly goes into designing a website? An end user just browses the website but don’t know what goes into website development. Let’s discuss each and every aspect of building a website.
Before you commence on a web project for your company or organisation, it’s a good idea to get an overall picture of the actions that produce a successful website. Your content (i.e. text, images, etc.) is basically just a raw data. it takes time, proper planning and skill to turn this raw data into usable information.
There are 4 methods to design a website:-
Really planned websites:
For this category of websites, we need to consider all aspects to build a really good website. This has significant upfront cost but if for example, Nike wanted a website, this is how they would do it. We are doing one project for a Canadian company towards the lower end of this.
Website built around a template or a theme:
Themes such as that provided by Template Monster or Theme Forest etc. are stock templates. In this we ask for website structure and content, find relevant images and configure the website. Installing WordPress, template, plugins, adding security and content. This is mostly customer driven content, not well written and even not search-engine friendly. This forms a major drawback. In terms of looks, it’s good. But internally they are not clean. This type of website designing is usually good for quick tests or something where such crucial details are not needed, or for one-page websites.
These types of websites use some of the aspects of high-quality design like user workflows and simple personas. They take much more time to design, develop but eventually have way better customer acquisition. Currently, our website is approximately here. The planning and implementation took almost 1.5 years.
Website built around genesis:
While genesis is called a theme, it’s really just a framework and child themes (barebones). This gives an excellent head start into high quality. The best part is, due to this structure the core theme keeps getting lifetime updates and child themes are mostly immune to that.
For this, we need to design custom template. Note that even with a custom template we haven’t yet touched some of the psychology aspects.