In order to make the website design and development process efficient, we have created an online website design checklist containing items for most typical business websites. We recommend going through the checklist and checking off all items that you have ready for your website and then when you are finished you can email a copy to yourself for a reminder of what documents you still need to prepare in order to make the website design process efficient and more affordable.
Of course this checklist is in not applicable to all website requirements, although we have taken into consideration the most common website requirements for small businesses. If the checklist below doesn't apply to your project you can always contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss your project needs further.
See how prepared you are for your project:
If you have a company logo you can send us your digital copy of it with your website documentation. Your logo should be in either JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Photoshop or Illustrator formats. As for the size of the logo, the larger the better as we will reduce the size and get your logo web-ready. Larger images allow us to keep your logo on file in the event that your organization takes advantage of our promotional printing services.
Business Contact Information
We need some contact information so that your customers can contact your business. We suggest putting your phone number, fax number, business address etc. You may put as much or as little information in your contact page as you would like and we will even integrate Google Maps so that your local customers can easily locate your business on the internet doing a local search.
Company Bio & About Us Page Information
Having a Company Bio or About Us web page is a great way to build customer confidence and increase your sales and conversion rates. We suggest putting any awards or certifications that your company has received as well as the date you opened your doors, the number of employees you have and anything else that can tell potential customers more about your business.
Services or Products Page Information
Your services and/or products section lets your customers know exactly how you can help them and should also tell them why they should choose your company over your competitors. We suggest putting as much information in this section as possible. In addition to listing the services and/or products you offer, we recommend listing supplier information (if applicable), any certifications or qualifications, and guarantees.
If you sell products, it is important to compile your entire catalog ready to be put on the website in one shot. Of course, our ecommerce platforms allow you to build your inventory as you go but it always helps with customer confidence and search engines to have as much inventory online in order to present as much content as possible.
Photographs and Gallery Page
A picture is worth a thousand words, literally. It is quite common to find multiple images within even the most information based websites as a way of making the web page pleasing to the eye and to keep your visitors attention. Whether you need a Gallery or would like scrolling images etc. please ensure that you have the photographs and images you would like to appear on your web page. If you don't have access to any images you can take advantage of our image inventory with over 15 million images, however you will still have to send us detailed information about what types of images and or samples of what you would like on your site. Our creative designers will make suggestions and insert appropriate images where needed and applicable but it is always more efficient if you send us as much information as possible regarding your photograph and image needs.
Form Fields for Contact Page & Other Forms
In order to for you to give accurate and fast quotes or reply to your customers you probably need specific information. Let us know what information you need to collect from your web page forms and we will include the requested fields in your forms. Our standard forms that are included in your website already collect the customer's name, phone number, email address, and a detailed message box.
This is a good starting point but if you require specific fields and informaiton collected please let us know for each form required. Also, if your website does not require any forms or information collected from your visitors then you can let us know this as well.
Search Engine Phrases for Marketing
If you choose to have Search Engine Optimization as part of your website design package, we will market your website online using the information you provide. We will assess your site content and structure your website content to acheive the best possible search engine position. If you would like to specify particular phrases that you would like to rank high for in search engines then we will need those phrases and keywords as well.
Desired Emails, Domain Name, & Other Info
Lastly, to take advantage of your new professional email address and domain name we will need to know your top three choices for domain names (i.e. www.yourbusiness.com) and the email addresses you would like setup as well.
Also if you have any other information, details, or features you would like in your website please send them in with your other documentation and website content.